PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Two or three days a week, Dana Nesiti comes down to the South Side River Trail to take photographs of Pittsburgh's nesting eagles.
The pair has turned the amateur photographer into a pretty good one.
"I don't know, I'm fascinated by them," she says. "It's such a regal bird."
But now, seeing the eagles in their natural habitat no longer requires such dedication.
Responding to high public interest, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has set up a webcam close to the nest, allowing you to view eagle activity in real time, just by logging onto its website.
"Well, the public is really interested in the eagles we have in Allegheny County," said Gary Fujak with the Pa. Game Commission. "Having the camera there is like watching your kids grow up."
The game commission partnered with the local firm Pix Controller which has set up remote wildlife cameras around the world.
The solar powered camera now offers a daylight stream, but will soon have infrared capabilities for viewing the birds at night and around the clock.
The first eagles to nest here in the Pittsburgh area is estimated at 250 years ago.
"It's a fantastic opportunity for everybody – not just in the Pittsburgh area, in the local community," said Bill Powers with Pix Controller. "But a great opportunity to watch wildlife, but also the recovery of a national symbol into Pittsburgh."
The nesting pair had a baby eaglet last year and have built a new nest in anticipation of more offspring.
The webcam has been set up in hopes of seeing them being productive again this year – maybe even more productive.
"They raised one eagle last year," Powers said. "There's a good chance there may be two this year."
Of course, you can always go down to the trail and see the eagles with the naked eye for a pair of binoculars or camera. But the webcam gives you the option of seeing the eagles 24-7 from the comfort of your own home.
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