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By: JudyB (offline) on Saturday, May 04 2013 @ 10:54 AM EDT (Read 15419 times)  
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Welcome To The 2013 Season of the White-Bellied Sea Eagle Nest Cam Located At The Discovery Center, Olympic Park In Sydney, Australia!!

Birdlife Australia was created in 2012 from the merger of Birds Australia & Bird Observation and Conservation Australia. EagleCAM is a BirdLife Australia, Southern NSW, research project. They have been studying this pair of eagles using CCTV since 2009. Sea-EagleCAM.org is an information point for White-bellied Sea-Eagles and is reporting general information to those people world wide who are interested in the White-bellied Sea-Eagle.

Mom and Dad WBSE (Thank you liberty!)
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The 2013 season has officially begun! Unlike previous years the eagles started to work on their nest earlier than usual. On April 13 the male delivered the first sticks to the nest after many weeks of just moving the existing sticks around in the nest. The same nest they used last year, it is 75 metres east of the 2011 nest and is higher than the 2011 one, by about 25 metres above the ground. The tree is a Blackbutt / Eucalyptus pilularis.[/i]

THE CAMS

The cams (both with IR) were installed in the new nest tree in June of 2012. The Samsung PTZ is in the same location as last year, 20 metres across the treetops, but doesn’t pan quite as high as before so there are no views of the Olympic Stadium.

The Sanyo cam is in the nest tree – approx. 4-5 metres away from the bowl for a nice close-up view.

There are two mics, one in each tree. The one near the Sanyo camera is switched off at the moment. It was responsible for the extra loud radio noise. The only other thing that Geoff can try to reduce the radio noise on the mic needs to be done directly under the nest. With mum and dad in residence much of the time, we’re not sure if/when this is possible.

LINKS

1. Cam Link

2. Second Cam Link (shows both cams and the chat!)

3. Archived 2012 thread

4. Compilation video of season 2012 highlights

5. For up to date info and videos

6. Keep up to date on Facebook

7. Join the forum here

8. PowerPoint presentation by Judy Harrington about the history of the SE’s.





A VIEW OF THE NEST

View from the Sanyo camera (main viewing cam)
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Samsung Wide-angle, close-up view
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2013 NESTING SEASON

Date eggs laid: #1 July 6, 5:16 p.m #2 July 9, approx. 5:56 pm -

Date eggs hatched: #1 - #2 -

Date Fledged:

Notable Events:

General Information re the WBSE chick:

The eggs of the WBSE are usually a dull white, oval in shape measuring 55mm and are incubated by both adults over 6 weeks before hatching. .They are covered in white down when they hatch which turns to brown and although two eggs are laid, it is unusual for two to be reared successfully to fledging. One egg may be infertile or the second chick may die in the nest. If the first clutch is lost the parents may attempt a second clutch. Initially the male brings food and the female feeds the chicks but both parents feed the chicks as they grow larger. Their diet consists of mainly Fish, turtles, sea snakes, birds, possum and carrion. They fledge at 70 to 80 days old and remain in the parents' territory for up to 6 months or until the following breeding season


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By: JudyB (offline) on Saturday, May 04 2013 @ 03:11 PM EDT  
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HOW TO TELL MOM AND DAD APART---courtesy of liberty1998----

Dad on the left and Mom on the right
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Mamma is approx. 25% bigger than dad and he is a slightly darker shade of grey.
Her eyes are a bit slanted and she has several black feathers in middle of her tail feathers.

Dad has a cleaner line at back of the neck where grey meets white.
He has lots more black tail feathers. Dad's beak is shorter than mums and has a dark tip.

Jono (eaglecam FB Admin) has followed Sea Eagles in the area for several years. Here is his take on the differences..(also has a great Flickr site with lots of pics)

"The male bird is slimmer in appearance, has a thinner neck and a smaller head. His head shape is quite distinct from the female's; he has a much rounder crown. His behaviour on the nest is different also - he is much more attentive to his surroundings than the female. The female is more likely to arrange a few sticks on the nest when she is sitting whereas the male is constantly looking around into the forest. The female has a larger patch of dappled white on her shoulders and has more feathers on her legs."

The following chart outlines the history of the Sea Eagle Chicks of Sydney Olympic Park. It also includes the new naming convention; (click chart for larger version)
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By: JudyB (offline) on Saturday, May 04 2013 @ 09:15 PM EDT  
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By: liberty1998 (offline) on Monday, May 06 2013 @ 04:47 AM EDT  
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and we're back up for season 2013.

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By: Darlene (offline) on Monday, May 06 2013 @ 10:59 PM EDT  
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CheersThanks for the heads up Liberty!


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By: liberty1998 (offline) on Tuesday, May 07 2013 @ 07:35 AM EDT  
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wave Hi Darlene

One of our babies was visiting with mum and dad yesterday while cams went up. They were hanging out on roost tree about 50 metres away from nest. We think S3 but not sure, Judy took a photo into the sun, we're going to try and enhance to see band.

EDIT 8th May

First visit to nest following cam install
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By: liberty1998 (offline) on Friday, May 10 2013 @ 07:42 AM EDT  
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Mum visiting nest today, 10th May, late pm.

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By: Raining22 (offline) on Saturday, May 25 2013 @ 12:26 PM EDT  
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May 25, 2013

Picture taken from liberty's video of Daddy's nestorations. That is one big stick, Daddy Wooh

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5 minutes after Daddy Sea-eagle leaves the nest a brush-tailed possum shows up.

From branch.....
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To branch....
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