2023 Australian White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

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Re: 2023 Australian White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

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Re: 2023 Australian White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

Post by DDuckies2 » Thu Oct 05, 2023 9:43 am

Oct 4 2023
SE31 is 77 days old today and SE32 will be 77 days tomorrow.
Given that, here are the days old of fledglings back to 2019.
SE26 can be excluded when calculating average.
The avg. is 80 days
82
77
74
*92 SE26
84
82
78
83
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Re: 2023 Australian White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

Post by DDuckies2 » Wed Oct 18, 2023 8:39 am

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October 18, 2023:
An action day on the nest. SE31 the older eaglet fledged at 14:33. 31 has been flying from branch to branch boldly today and took its first flight away - then flying back to the nest at 15:28 after about an hour. It then has been flying back and forth, to a branch below the nest camera. SE31 hatched 83 days ago. A currawong was about, but did not disturb them too much.
Video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu_Hnhif35M
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Re: 2023 Australian White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

Post by DDuckies2 » Tue Oct 24, 2023 9:41 am

RangerJudy 's Daily report:
October 24:
32 again slept on PB close to nest, 31 nearby. Very early both flew off out of camera range.
When Dad brought in a leatherjacket early at 6:44, neither eaglet responded and Dad ate it himself. Lady brought in a gull at 7:43 and again ate it herself.
The Annual Bird survey team spotted one eaglet in a tree in the buffer zone – safe but away from the nest. During the later morning, Lady was seen high near the nest, but the eaglets still out of camera range. We went looking for 32 and saw it on the ground - being swooped by currawongs and ravens, even pulling its tail. It then flew strongly over a fence and then over another fence into the forest. Away from the nest, safe and uninjured. We could not see 31 and did not go near the nest, fearing disturbing it.
Late in the day we received 2 reports that an eaglet had been seen flying across the Armory not far from the Discovery Centre. As Rohan could still see the first we had found, we now know that both fledglings have left the nest area. So when Dad brought in a bird around 6:30pm, neither eaglet was home and he ate it himself.
We shall be watching around the whole area carefully for any sign of our fledglings. Stay safe and strong.
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Re: 2023 Australian White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

Post by DDuckies2 » Wed Oct 25, 2023 9:49 am

RangerJudy 's Daily report:
Wednesday 25 October:
more adventures. Neither was seen near the nest on camera in the morning. While searching about in the area for either fledgling, we saw an adult fly in over the nest with prey at 11:13 - circled then left - chased by ravens. Alarm calls indicated one under casuarinas just before that –near where we saw one yesterday, then it flew off. We saw one in the forest, just behind the DC at 11: 28, sheltering in the leafy canopy, with lots of swoopers. It flew off strongly – and was then seen flying over Silverwater jail at 11:41. Just before that at 11:40 an adult flew over Silverwater jail as well. We assume we have seen at least one eaglet in that time - flying strongly and seeming to be in contact with parents. Lady brought in a bird to the nest at 12:24 and Dad a fish at 12:57 – both ate their own catch. At 2:14, as I approached the nest tree quietly, thinking no eaglets were there, I saw one sitting on the adjacent camera tree -and backed straight out. We feel this is SE32. Then we were able to capture it on camera, sitting below the nest. Late at 18:19, dad brought in a mullet, which was taken by Lady. We have not seen the eaglets being fed yesterday or today but it is pleasing to know that at least one of them has returned to the nest area. . At dark, both parents were near the nest and we are unsure where the eaglets were.

15:13pm eaglet below nest area.
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Re: 2023 Australian White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

Post by DDuckies2 » Wed Feb 07, 2024 12:52 pm

From EagleCAM

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February 8: an update –with SE31 fledging 4 months ago

As we have reported, it has been so interesting to see SE31 doing well, down on the river, flying strongly and learning Sea-Eagle skills. In previous years we have been unable to watch this post-fledging period of dependence.
Both young eagles left the nest on October 24 a few days after fledging and were seen nearby for some days. We still do not know the whereabouts of SE32, the younger juvenile, though it was seen for some time after leaving the nest.

Over the following weeks, as seen in our Daily Diary notes, SE31 settled on the Parramatta River nearby, flying strongly between their favourite roosts. Our juvenile was seen catching prey herself, though she was still begging from the adult eagles.
From January 22, at 96 days from fledging, SE31 was not seen at the river with the adults. At this time of year the adults also spend time elsewhere, mainly in the Goat Island area, closer to the city. We expected that SE31 would leave the area soon, at over 3 months since fledge, as she gained skills and strength for life away from Home.

Then after 10 days, she was seen again briefly on the river for 3 days. She has not been seen since though.

Stephen Debus reports this post-fledging dependence as lasting for 2-3 months - so her departure was expected. Stephen does suggest that young may stay about for longer, not leaving until even 4-6 months.

A small team of volunteers are watching along the river banks and even other bays nearby.
Stay safe and Fly Free
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