NCTC Wildlife Photographer Uses Climbing and Archery Skills to Fix Eagle Cam

Caption // Photo Credit: Brett Billings/USFWS

NCTC Creative Imagery video producer, Ryan Hagerty, has been putting on his climbing harness a lot lately, but not for recreation. While Hagerty typically usually uses his tree-climbing skills to get that perfect photograph or video shot, he is now using it to help restore the NCTC Eagle Cam.

In recent months, the camera has become disabled, thanks to the work of one or more squirrels who chewed through the gel-filled cable that sends the video signal down the tree from the Eagle Cam. "Evidently squirrels think the gel tastes great!" joked Hagerty. Using a recurve bow, he shoots ropes over the tree's upper limbs, then pulls himself up using a climbing harness.

Hagerty and NCTC Facility Operations' audiovisual specialist, Clayton McBride, have put in long hours lately trying to bring the Eagle Cam back online. McBride ordered a 150-foot kevlar sheath that the new cable had to be slowly and painstakingly wound through - a laborious chore that will hopefully result in a squirrel-proof video feed. With McBride handling the technical side and Hagerty performing various tests and repairs 50-feet above the ground, Eagle Cam fans are in good hands. The cam should be fully operational in January of 2014. As we witness another season of NCTC's bald eagles, we'll have this pair of NCTC staffers to thank for that birds-eye view of the nest.

When the cam goes live once more (January, 2014), you can view it here:
NCTC Eagle Cam Page

 -- published --  December 18, 2013
 -- photo credit --  Brett Billings/USFWS

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