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Falcons Cam FAQ

Falcons Cam FAQ

Answers to questions regarding the falcons nest at SunTrust Plaza Tower.

This Nest and Others in Georgia

SunTrust Peregrines

Streaming the Nest

Experiencing Camera Issues?

Keep the Cam Streaming

Falcons Cam Partners


This Nest and Others in Georgia

The falcons have usually nested is in a large planter on a balcony more than 50 stories up on Atlanta’s SunTrust Plaza Tower. The balconies are open, and too high for natural predators. The planters offer soft substrate and some protection from harsh weather. Nesting begins in February or March. The young fledge by June or July.

Note: These balconies and the offices that overlook them are private.

Another nest site in Midtown Atlanta regularly produces fledglings and is monitored by DNR. At least one other Atlanta nest site, in Dunwoody in 2012, has produced young. Also, in 2015 the first peregrine nest documented since the 1930s in a non-urban setting in Georgia was found at Tallulah Gorge State Park in northeast Georgia. The three other known nesting territories in the state are in metro Atlanta.

Their historical nesting range of peregrines barely extended into Georgia because of lack of suitable nesting sites. However, peregrines – on the rebound from a mid-1900s population crash linked to the insecticide DDT – have found a substitute for cliffs: tall buildings and bridges.

Peregrines typically mate for life, but will find a replacement if a mate is lost.


SunTrust Peregrines

Peregrines have successfully nested on balconies at the tower since 1997. The adult birds are not banded. The female is the larger of the two, but it can be difficult to tell which parent is which unless seen together.

The parents take turns incubating the eggs and caring for the young, which are called eyases. Incubation takes about 33-35 days. The young leave the nest about 35 days after hatching, but depend on the parents for several more weeks as they develop flight and hunting skills. DNR bands the eyases each spring.

The agency doesn’t name the parents or young, preferring to let wildlife be, well, wild.

More details on peregrines in Georgia.


Streaming the Nest

The falcons usually nest on any of four balconies with planters on SunTrust Plaza Tower's upper levels. The nest is a shallow depression scraped in the planter's soil. DNR sets up the camera before nesting begins (usually in February or early March) on a balcony the birds most often use. But some years, they pick another balcony! 

When that happens, DNR initially moves the camera to a viewing site -- such as a nearby window -- that avoids disturbing the birds during the most sensitive part of the nesting cycle.

The cam is operational from March through June, or until the young fledge, at www.georgiawildlife.com/falconcam without advertisements and on the agency’s Ustream channel with ads.


Experiencing Camera Issues?

If you’re seeing a blank screen or experiencing another problem seeing the stream, you can often re-establish the stream on your computer or mobile device by clearing your cache or cookies (Google “clearing cache cookies” for instructions). Also try signing off and reconnecting to the Internet.

If there are problems with the camera or the stream itself, we will post updates on the DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s Facebook page and on the social stream on the Ustream falcons cam page. You can also join discussion about the birds, including posting questions, on both sites.


Keep the Cam Streaming

Donate to TERN to help keep the falcons cam going.

You can help support wildlife conservation across Georgia by purchasing or renewing an eagle or hummingbird license plate and contributing to the Wildlife Conservation Fund state income tax checkoff.

Also please consider donating to the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation.




Falcons Cam Partners

The camera is operated by DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section and made possible by generous support from the law firm Dentons; The Environmental Resources Network (TERN), friends group of the Nongame Section; and the Garden Club of Georgia Inc.

Help in setting up and streaming the camera is provided by HDOnTap.

Dentons: The international firm is the host of the nesting falcons and provides DNR critical support and access for the camera. Dentons is the world's largest law firm, serving clients from more than 125 sites and spanning 50-plus countries.

TERN: The Environmental Resources Network is a group of citizens sharing a common interest in wildlife conservation. TERN, formed in 1992, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and the friends group of the Nongame Conservation Section. TERN’s primary mission is to help financially support the Nongame Conservation Program and its conservation projects.

The Garden Club of Georgia Inc.: Founded in 1928, The Garden Club of Georgia promotes beautification, conservation and education. The club also provides annual scholarships for Georgia students pursuing environmentally related fields of study. Youth environmental education efforts are a strong focus, as well as many conservation outreach projects.




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