While the cameras were down, the eagle pair have substantially built up the rim of the nest. This stage of the breeding cycle has not been observed so closely before. The eagles have been heard duetting early in the morning, from another tree fairly close by. Hopefully the eagles will return soon to the nest. At this stage no food has been brought to the nest. In past years, later in the breeding cycle, the male has brought food for the female. Note – the current stream view is from the new camera position – viewing the action from the opposite side of the nest.
At last – a quick evening visit to the nest by the male. We have been waiting for their return to nest renovation after the disturbance of the camera installation.
The cameras have been installed again – taking about 4 hours. The PTZ camera is in the same tree as last year, and the other is now on the nest tree, with the Infrared attachment. This is on a higher branch, looking down onto the nest bowl. Now we have 24 hour live-streaming again. Microphones are in place again. However at the moment, radio 2UE is broadcasting, from one of the nearby radio towers. Hopefully this will be fixed soon. If the volume is turned down, eagle duetting and other calls can still be heard above the radio.
Heavy rain all day and the eagles made no early morning nest visits, unlike yesterday when they brought several sticks. Just before 3pm the male was seen catching a large fish from the river, taking it to the river roost to feed. Later after the rain stopped, they brought more sticks in the evening.
Nest renovation is continuing in earnest, with visits mainly in the early morning. The male brings quite long sticks, often longer than the nest is wide – well over a metre long and quite thick through. The eagles are rarely seen actually gathering the sticks – much of their behaviour other than right at the nest remains private.
The pair mostly visit the nest early in the morning, bringing the odd stick to the nest. They can be heard duetting from high in the nest tree or nearby. They continue to sit side by side on their favourite river roost, looking up and down the river.
The last sightings of the eaglets were in early February. It is not know if the adult eagles chased them from their natal territory. Hopefully the banded eaglets may be seen somewhere along the coast by other keen observers.
For the first time we have been able to watch our young eagles out of the nest area after fledging. Both eaglets have been seen on the river roost and soaring high over the wetlands. In the past, we have not been able to watch their progress or know if they have survived. We hope to see the young birds catching their own prey, or at least attempting to. Both eaglets have been seen flying in to the river roost to grab food delivered by their parents, begging loudly as they approach. In early January the eaglets were seen together at a favourite river roost on mangroves along the Parramatta River. S4 had a large fish, but we are unsure if it was fed by the adults.