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Second nest cam goes up above Berry eagle nest

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The millions of people who were glued to computer monitors last winter watching Berry College’s bald eagles will get another viewing angle this winter.

A second camera was installed above the nest behind The Cage Center Tuesday morning, this one equipped with sound.

Georgia Power crews maneuvered a lift more than 100 feet above the ground, deftly moving in between pine boughs to install the new hardware.

Berry College’s Eddie Elsberry said the second camera was mounted on the main stem of the tree above the nest, so the nest will act like a parabolic dish to funnel the sound straight into the microphone.

Josh Shelton and Danny Ely with Georgia Power communicated by cell phone with Berry College’s Steve Hill and Elsberry to get the best perspective for the new camera.

Ely said when he went to work Tuesday morning he never imagined he would be climbing up into an eagle’s nest.

“It was pretty neat to see how big the nest really is.” Ely said. “We dug in the nest looking for the egg (that did not hatch), but I guess it decomposed.”

While Ely and Shelton were up in the tree, they also adjusted the tilt of the first nest cam.

If this year is anything like the last two, the eagles should start housekeeping sometime in October in preparation for the winter breeding season.