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Re: South African Black Eagle ~ 2018-2020

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:51 pm
by JudyB
Summary of the 2020 nesting season

Information courtesy of the Black Eagle Project Roodekrans facebook page https://www.facebook.com/blackeagleproject

Because of covid-19 restrictions and precautions, some dates are more approximate than usual. Makatsa and her new mate Mahlori produced at least one egg, probably around April 18-19, and there was at least one chick who likely hatched around June 2-3. The eaglet was named Motsumi, which means "The Hunter" in Sesotho, and fledged on August 31st.

As of November 12, Motsumi is still being seen in the territory, with the adults delivering food. Fledglings are usually dependent on the adults for about 3 months, so he or she may leave the area (or be chased out) in late November or early December - which would be earlier than in 2017 and 2018, when the fledge was late September, and the juvenile left the area December 23.

Re: South African Black Eagle ~ 2018-2022

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2022 2:54 pm
by JudyB
Summary of the 2021 nesting season

Information courtesy of the Black Eagle Project Roodekrans facebook page https://www.facebook.com/blackeagleproject

There was no camera for the 2021 nesting season, so dates are approximate. As is usually the case with these eagles, Mahlori (M) and Makatsa (F) produced two eggs, around April 21 and April 25. The first egg hatched on or shortly before June 9, and the second one hatched June 10. As is normal with these eagles, the older one killed the younger shortly after it hatched.

The remaining eaglet thrived, and fledged successfully on September 13, 2021. There was a naming contest, and the young eagle was named Amari, which means possesses great strength. Fledglings normally stay with the parents, being fed and learning to hunt, for about three months, after which the parents will chase them out of the territory. Amari was last seen on December 26, 2021, almost 3-1/2 months after his or her first flight.

Re: South African Black Eagle ~ 2018-2022

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2022 3:07 pm
by JudyB
2022 Nesting Season Starts Here

Exciting news - a new camera has been installed so we can watch the eagles live again!

Link for cam: https://africam.com/wildlife/stream/black-eagle-live

2022 Timeline
  • Cam On: February 28
  • eggs laid:
  • hatched:
  • Cainism:
  • fledged:
  • Last seen in natal territory:

According to reports posted by Black Eagle Project Roodekrans on their Facebook page, as of the first of March, the eagles are beginning to do some work on their nest.

Here's a picture from the dvr/rollback feature of the cam showing one of the eagles on the nest where he or she was moving a couple of sticks.
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Re: South African Black Eagle ~ 2018-2022

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2022 1:33 pm
by SueD
Judy, there was a fair bit of activity at the nest today ... including what looked like mating (not in this screenshot)! :rh:

Re: South African Black Eagle ~ 2018-2022

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2022 7:37 am
by JudyB
SueD wrote:
Fri Mar 25, 2022 1:33 pm
Judy, there was a fair bit of activity at the nest today ... including what looked like mating (not in this screenshot)! :rh:
Just noticed this - thanks, Sue!

Re: South African Black Eagle ~ 2018-2022

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2022 12:22 pm
by SueD
I just checked in after a month and a half away. There's a chick in the nest (two little eyes visible to our right of the parent)!