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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, May 21 2010 @ 07:04 AM EDT (Read 5058 times)  
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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AFRICAM.COM TO BROADCAST HATCHING OF THREATENED
BLACK EAGLE CHICK LIVE ON THE INTERNET


www.blackeagles.co.za

Click HERE for the CAM
The time there is GMT + 1

Africam.com, who was the first to bring you live streaming full motion video of African
wildlife over the internet (lions, rhinos, giraffes etc.) is set to bring you another first. In
partnership with the Black Eagle Project Roodekrans, they are proud to announce the
launch of the new Black Eagle live streaming webcam at www.africam.com


A Black Eagle coming in to land

We wish to thank and acknowledge Garth Heydenrych - BEPR photographer
for his wonderful photographs.

The brainchild of Project Coordinator, Libby Woodcock and her team at Black Eagle Project, they are dedicated to the conservation of these threatened raptors and will use the live streaming webcam to view the hatching of the chicks in real time.
The first egg is expected to hatch around the 22nd of May. The second egg should follow four to five days after.
The project will also monitor and obtain vital research on their breeding cycle, which in conjunction with Wits Zoology Department, will help to conserve the Eagles within their habitat and educate viewers worldwide.


Join the Africam Twitter Alert so you don’t miss the event LIVE!
Follow the Africam Twitter Alert and you will get up to the minute real time alerts.
www.twitter.com/africam Africam will alert you when the eggs start hatching so you
don’t miss the hatchings LIVE
For more information on the Black Eagle Project Roodekrans go to
www.facebook.com/blackeagleproject
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Contact May 18, 2010
Jon Oliver - Africam CEO
+27 (0) 83 6000 719
jono@africam.com
May 18, 2010



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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, May 21 2010 @ 07:06 AM EDT  
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Saving the Black Eagles for our children!


Have you ever felt the thrill and absolute awe of watching a black eagle catching thermals – one minute savouring the currents on its 2.3 meter wingspan, the next minute with wings folded arrow like it plummets downwards - lost momentarily in swirling cloud – it appears again resolute and intent as it nears the earth – you wonder if it will be able to stop before it hits the ground - and to your amazement its large wings stretch out and it hurtles back up into the sky! It is a totally breathtaking sight, as the eagle climbs higher and higher - until it is not visible with the naked eye - and all of this in just a few minutes.

This is the world of the ‘Black Eagles of Roodekrans.’ Weighing up to 4.8 kg this is one of Africa’s largest and most spectacular eagles. - These are certainly the masters of the sky! This web site is dedicated to them and their struggle for survival here in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden.

Click here for more about these eagles - beautiful photos and a map!
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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, May 21 2010 @ 07:07 AM EDT  
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The Black Eagle is the finest of the genus Aquilla - a truly magnificent coal black bird with a white back and V on the shoulders.
The handsome plumage is enhanced by consummate grace in flight ... When perched, the small head and tapering neck gives the eagle an almost regal appearance.
The juvenile Black Eagle, unlike the adult, is cryptically coloured and its plumage blends with broken rock, bush and trees of the surroundings.
Feathered nestlings and juveniles are mottled brown, with a pale gold crown and nape, russet - brown mantle and neck, black cheeks and throat, cream forehead variously flecked with brown; the feathered legs, cream with light brown flecks; cere and toes, creamy yellow; bill grey, darker at tip; eye brown.
Rump feathers are cream, edged brown; tail and flight feathers barred light and dark brown and with light fawn tips.
In flight the young eagle shows the emerging pattern of ‘windows’ in the wing, the characteristic but less pronounced leaf - shaped wing and an indistinctly margined light rump.

Be aware that these birds practise Cainism - or Siblicide!
Excellent Article to be found HERE



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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, May 21 2010 @ 07:09 AM EDT  
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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

Malcolm Rd, Poortview
Nr Johannesborg

Using the natural terrain as well as some landscaped areas, the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden (formerly the Witwatersrand Botanical Garden) features indigenous plants, rare species and themed displays for visitors to enjoy.

Set in the picturesque foothills of the Witwatersrand range, this botanical garden unites native species with rare and beautiful ones. A semi-wild area replicates the rocky Highveld grassland terrain of the Witwatersrand, complete with a small pond. This is especially beautiful in late spring and early summer when the wild flowers are in full bloom.

Other areas include a herb garden, a succulent garden and a "waterwise garden", which shows visitors how to make the most of their gardens without using excess water (a bonus in an area where it can be rare).

Although only designated a National Botanical Garden in July 1982 - the youngest of the South Africa National Botanical Garden's eight gardens throughout the country - and first opened to the public five years' later, it took its current name from Walter Sisulu (1912-2003), one of the leaders of South Africa's democratic struggle.

The gardens also attract a variety of wildlife and feature the only known nesting place in Gauteng of the endangered Black Eagle (aka Verreaux's Eagle), by the dramatic Witpoortjie waterfall.
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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, May 21 2010 @ 07:25 AM EDT  
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Although this nest qualifies as an
"Eagle outside N America"
It is being hosted under the HWF umbrella - so please make observations there!

LINK HERE

I shall lock this Thread so you can't mix them up!

Here is a teaser photo Grin
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