LIVE SeaEagle Cam - First Egg Laid

LIVE SeaEagle Cam - First Egg Laid

EagleCAM is a live remote feed that has been operating since 2009 out of the BirdLife Discovery Centre in the Armory at Sydney Olympic Park close to the Parramatta River. In March before the Eagles started their nest renovations a small dedicated team of EagleCAM volunteers worked for over two weeks  (over 450 man hours) upgrading the system. All cables were removed and relayed, new power cables added and obsolete cables removed. All computers upgraded, new remote control devices added and a new main camera. The system is now more manageable remotely.

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Second egg laid

19th June, 2019 - Egg #2, SE-24 arrived at 6:43pm.

It was suspected the Eagles practiced delayed incubation to try and get both eggs hatch as close as possible. The eggs are laid about three days (about 75 hours) apart and with the delayed incubation the difference in hatch times is reduced to about 36 hours. This would help to reduce sibling rivalry but as we have seen in the past it does not prevent it.

First egg laid

16th June, 2019 - Egg #1, SE-23 arrived at 5:37pm

The 1st view was at 6:06pm, after cooling. The female (Lady) is sitting at night, but leaving the egg uncovered for some periods, to delay incubation. The male (Dad) helps during the day shifts.

The sitting time budget for the first day is approx. 9h34m uncovered; 8h50m lady; 5h36dad. Of that, approx. 4hrs of lady's time was up till midnight last night. So dad marginally more time on egg today (since midnight).

It will be about a month before the chick hatches. 

About White-bellied Sea-Eagles

The White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster is a fairly common sight along the coasts and inland rivers of Australia, as well as further afield.  However, little is in fact known about their complete breeding cycle from nest building to fledging. The huge nest of large sticks is commonly placed in a high tree and the nest may be used for many years in succession.

The current pair of Parramatta River Sea-Eagles is often seen during the day on their prominent mangrove perch, loafing or feeding on a mullet or other fish from the wetlands. They may also be seen soaring overhead on up-swept wings. Their nest is hidden high in a Scribbly Gum in the Newington Nature Reserve. Each year their nest has been monitored and valuable observations made.

The EagleCAM project continues and anyone visiting the BirdLife Discovery Centre during our open hours on weekends may watch the live action as well as recordings of previous interesting behaviour.

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