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By: JudyB (offline) on Saturday, June 07 2014 @ 08:39 PM EDT (Read 18192 times)  
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[work in progress - much of this was copied from the 2013 thread, and some information and links need to be updated ~JudyB]

Welcome To The 2014 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!)


Information about the eagles returning for the 2014 nesting season will go here; I understand they have moved back to a previous nest, which may mean that the cams haven't caught up with them yet.

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 2013 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)


Samsung Wide-angle, close-up view


2014 NESTING SEASON

Date eggs laid: Egg #1 July 4, just before 5:28 pm, Egg #2, July 7, about 10:56 pm

Date eggs hatched: August 13, 6:20 pm; second egg didn't hatch

Sad news: SE13 died September 12, at about 6:05 pm; a necropsy found a large lesion or growth was obstructing the esophagus and blocking the passage of food; initial evidence suggested Trichomoniasis, which is a disease of birds caused by a protozoan parasite - and is a common disease of pigeons and other birds in the wild - and several pigeons were brought to the nest as food. It's also possible that a period of heavy rain also weakened the chick, and left it more susceptible to the disease. The unhatched egg was removed at the same time and found to be fertile, with development stopped at 50-75%. Rest in peace, little one.

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, June 07 2014 @ 08:40 PM EDT  
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work in progress ~JudyB

HOW TO TELL MOM AND DAD APART---courtesy of liberty1998----

Dad on the left and Mom on the right


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: Debs (offline) on Tuesday, June 24 2014 @ 09:26 PM EDT  
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It is fundraising time here again at Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) and we need your help.
So this is a friendly reminder ... if you are planning on making a donation or adopting one of the
HWF bald eagle families and nest please do so soon and preferably this week.

There are two ways you can help: you may make a Single Donation or you may prefer to
Adopt your Favorite HWF Bald Eagle Family & Nest ... two wonderful ways to help keep the web cams
streaming and to show your support.

To make a single donation simply call 1-800-938-1114 (weekdays only) then specify the amount of your donation
along with your payment option ... it is simply that easy or

If you prefer to Adopt a HWF Bald Eagle Family & Nest simply call call 1-800-938-1114 (weekdays only) and
specify the nest you are are adopting along with your payment option it is simply that easy.

All the HWF Bald Eagle Families are available for Adoption; Delta 2, Harrison Mills, Lafarge & White Rock each family is precious Wub

Last year was the first year for the HWF Adopt a Nest fundraiser and supporters adopted a total of 20 HWF Nests, which was a fantastic first effort Thank You

This year 11 HWF Nests have been adopted so far:

Delta 2 - 4
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White Rock - 1

Our goal is to break last year's record so please help us get there Clapping

For More Information on the HWF Adopt a Nest donation program just click on the Meet The HWF Bald Eagle Families Collage and it will take you
to the informational page that outlines the Adopt a Nest donation program

Meet our precious HWF Bald Eagle Families; Delta2, Harrison Mills, Lafarge and White Rock Wub




Two wonderful ways you can help; every donation brings us closer to our goals so please support us if you can and together branch by branch
we will remain connected to these precious bald eagle families Wub

On behalf of David Hancock and the entire HWF family thank you for your generous donation and continued support its greatly appreciated Thank You hug


From our home to yours wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and all the very best in 2017


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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, June 25 2014 @ 11:19 PM EDT  
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I found two really nice videos from 1998Liberty. These are absolutely gorgeous eagles!!!! Wub


WBSE 2014 - Big Fish Gift for mum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jemNRLD ... e=youtu.be



WBSE 2014 - Courting gift for mum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUs5azd ... e=youtu.be


ENJOY!!!






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By: Debs (offline) on Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 05:22 PM EDT  
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This is just a friendly reminder to let you know our Fundraiser Drive is still underway so if you have not made your donation yet please do so asap.

As most of you know Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) is a Not for Profit organization so donations are needed to keep this forum and web cams going so please donate if you can. To those of you that have already donated thank you so much for kick starting this Fundraiser you are the best!

There are two easy ways to donate:

You can donate Online simply click on the link below

Click HERE to donate

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You may call the HWF Office at 1-800-938-1114 week days only and Lorraine will be happy to help you.

Another fun way you can help is to Adopt a HWF Bald Eagle Family for the calendar year and you can do this Online just specify the nest you are Adopting or you may call the HWF Office if you prefer.

For more information on the Adopt a Nest Donation Program simply click on David Hancock's picture below:



Many of you already know about David Hancock's impressive career as a Biologist (60 years) and as a Leader and founding member of bald eagle web cams (2006) but did you know that David was a Wildlife Rehabilitator too? David has rescued and saved many bald eagles both in and out off the nest; never shying away from obtaining the necessary permissions to rescue a chick in the nest...David Hancock is the real deal; a true advocate and friend to these birds. Thank you David Hancock and HWF for all that you have done and continue to do to keep us connected to these wonderful bald eagle families...you are the best Clapping

David's vision and forward thinking also brought about this forum providing helpful resources on a wide range of topics and a "gathering place" for friends ... we are forever grateful...so please donate if you can and together "branch by branch" we will protect all the wonderful things that this forum provides hug

On behalf of David Hancock and the entire family at HWF thank you so much for your generous donation and continued support its greatly appreciated Thank You


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By: cats5nbirds (offline) on Thursday, July 03 2014 @ 06:55 PM EDT  
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Friday, July 4, 2014 Australian time.
@ 8:29 am EST Dad brought leaves to nest.
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