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Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« on: July 16, 2011, 11:52:17 PM »
White-Bellied Sea Eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster


Video:  Australian White-bellied Sea Eagles

The eagles have two eggs in their nest.  

Recorded at 5 PM local time

1st egg:  7/4
2nd egg:  7/7





From the website:
Sea-EagleCAM has set up a high definition video camera monitoring the local White-bellied Sea-Eagles’ nest, 15 metres (50 feet) above the ground, in a eucalyptus tree within a protected nature reserve of Sydney Olympic Park, Australia. The video is fed back to the Birds Australia Discovery Centre at Olympic Park via an optical fibre cable giving a high definition video display to visitors as well as the video stream to Ustream.

From the website:

The White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) is the second largest bird of prey in Australia with a wing span of 1.8-2.2 metres (6-7 feet). It measures 75-85cm (30-33 inches) in length and can weigh up to 4.2kg (9 pounds), the female being larger and heavier than the male. Sea-eagles are found around the coast and along the major rivers of mainland Australia and Tasmania, New Guinea, South East Asia and as far west as the coast of India.

Our eagles started to build a new nest in May after the tree in which they had their old nest for several years fell down in February. They usually lay two eggs at the end of June or early July and incubate them for forty days before hatching in early August. The young remain on the nest for approximately three months until they are ready to fly at the beginning of November. They then spend most of their time away from the nest but, if the adults are still bringing in food, they may occasionally be seen at the nest up until January the following year. The young birds may take up to six years to reach maturity, gradually losing their brown juvenile plumage and gaining the characteristic grey and white plumage of the adults. Sea-eagles may live for up to 30 years. Their diet is mainly fish but also includes birds, reptiles, mammals and carrion. Our eagles take fish from the nearby Parramatta River and surrounding wetlands of Olympic Park but when the eaglets are approximately 1-2 months old, a large part of their diet is made up of Silver Gulls caught from a small breeding colony on the wrecks in Homebush Bay.

Photos and videos courtesy and copyright © of the BirdsAustralia Discovery Centre

With thanks and appreciation


edited to remove old links  New season (July 2012) starts on page 22 ~ NancyM
« Last Edit: July 02, 2012, 08:57:44 AM by NancyM »
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2011, 12:55:55 PM »
This cam will be fun to watch, plus they are gorgeous too.  :biggrin3. Thanks for finding it beans.
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011, 02:50:37 PM »
 :thumbup:Good one Beans.  Thanks.  Joy   :thumbup:
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2011, 09:30:27 PM »


Video:  Sea-eagle Turns her Two Eggs

We expect the first egg to hatch in mid-August.

Recorded at 1:15 PM local time.

1st egg: 7/4
2nd egg: 7/7
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2011, 05:35:28 PM »
A new eagle adventure begins.  :biggrin6. Just saw the parent turn the two eggs, live.  :biggrin6
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2011, 07:01:41 PM »
Sea Eagle Nest tree collapses:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/nsw/watch/24141952/885604/62/


nest we're watching now

The nest we’re watching is intact.  I believe this is a video of their old nest, which collapsed in February.  Ingrid (DEF) linked to the video on her forum.
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2011, 08:44:34 PM »
It would be good to have some follow up on those youngsters. But this years nest only has eggs. So, it is a  new nest. Hope it stays strong for many years.
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2011, 02:49:24 PM »
Checked in on this nest. Mom seems comfy waiting for her chicks to hatch. Expected date is Aug 14 for it to begin.  :biggrin6
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2011, 03:28:10 PM »
A switch took place a couple of hours ago (would have been around 6 AM, Aug 12, in Australia)  - Dad was on the nest and now Mom (with a white fluffy escaping from her wing) is settled on the eggs - which are not showing a pip yet.


Australia sea eagle_1_11August by aurospio, on Flickr


Australia sea eagle_3_11August by aurospio, on Flickr


Australia sea eagle_4_11August by aurospio, on Flickr

Mom on the nest

australia_sea eagle_8-11-2011 6.28.20 PM_04 by aurospio, on Flickr

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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2011, 04:41:22 PM »
The egg in the first picture looks like a possibility of a pip  :mconfused. Guess its been ruled out..
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2011, 10:32:49 PM »
Parent just turned the eggs and then settled back down on them using the "Hornby Wiggle"  :biggrin6

It's an eagle thing, but named after the Hornby's as one of the first eagle nests broadcasted live.
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2011, 11:09:00 PM »
Thanks beans and Nancy. This is the about the third time I've watched this nest (no game drives interfering now!) .  They are beautiful to watch. Mom really does have wide 'pantaloons' and her wing span and how she displays them is wonderful to see.
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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2011, 10:15:13 PM »
Pip!  Egg #1 - the pip was confirmed at 3PM, Aug 13 (Australian time)

(I saw it at 3:15, but did not get the screencapture - the pip is a good size already)   :biggrin3

ETA:  3:30 PM  Dad (on the left) comes in to relieve Mom) on the right)




the bright white spot below the egg is a pointer that that cam operator was using to point to the pip.

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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2011, 11:02:35 PM »
Dad takes a look at the pip (around 3:55 PM nest time)


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Re: Sydney, Australia White-bellied Sea Eagles
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2011, 06:32:40 AM »
Several hours later, the pip is much larger (around 11:25 PM Aug 13 nest time)


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