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« Reply #300 on: January 18, 2016, 07:12:01 PM »

I'm so sorry to hear the news - like everyone else, I was so hoping....  crying

I am grateful to all those who documented his time on the nest, and who helped rescue him, and who cared for him. SE15 made a big contribution in his short life, both to scientific community who learned from his condition - and in the hearts of all who followed his story and loved his strength and bubbly-ness.

Rest in peace, beautiful one, and fly free forever on the beautiful strong wings you were destined to have but which sadly escaped you here on earth.  brokenheart
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« Reply #301 on: January 18, 2016, 07:47:55 PM »

Thank you all for your posts. Those of us who follow this nest closely are, of course, heartbroken  SE15 was a star with a delightful personality.  He was never as strong as his sister, but seemed to have a great will to survive and an optimism that showed itself every day that we were privileged to watch him.
I must also add now that we are observing Mum, who lost her voice in early to mid December.  This month she has been coughing or sneezing almost every time that she has come to the nest, although she has not shown any other signs of illness.  This is not believed to be related to SE15's problem, but these parents sure seem to have more than their share of problems.
















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« Reply #302 on: March 16, 2016, 09:36:36 AM »

Posted on FB   sosad
(8 hours ago)
We have not recorded any sighting of our female Sea-Eagle "Mum" since 21st February, when the pair were seen on their mangrove river roost on the Parramatta River.
Before that date, both had been seen in Burns Bay, along the river and in the nest area, but only the male since. We feel the female had been showing signs of *distress for some time and sadly, she has now disappeared. While we shall continue to keep watch for possible sightings, given the amount of time now passed, her return is unlikely.
Be assured that we have done our very best to locate her. Contacting various rescue organisations, wildlife hospitals etc. The river banks / mangroves at Newington and Burns Bay have been thoroughly searched. The reserve has very dense scrub and has been searched several times, however it's very hard to comb every inch of land. Even the people who clean the river and some ferry staff have been asked if they've seen anything.
From observations in the past, there are lone adults or juveniles, searching for a mate or territory. We shall be watching with great interest to see if another eagle appears. We ask that everyone reports any other eagles seen in the area or nearby.

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 To add a little more information - I don't believe she would have left the area or "divorced" him - but rather that something has happened to her.
 For some time our watchers have noticed some problems - losing her voice, coughing, and so on. Our research policy has always been non-intervention, as they are wild free-living birds.

If we had found her on the ground or similar we would however have taken her into care - as we have done with SE15. There are many environmental issues as well as various viruses and other problems in this urban area.

All would contribute badly and cumulatively to the health of our eagles. She was also a good age - well over 10 years. Everything we learn from our observations will contribute to our knowledge and conservation of these and other raptors.
Mum showed signs of illness (loss of vocals) on 10th of December.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rzenMqqKME&feature=youtu.be
 Here is another video 18th of January showing coughing, sneezing, panting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKKLyFoDrcE&feature=youtu.be
Subsequent sightings both at river roost (by Cathy and Judy) and on the nest showed that the coughing, sneezing, panting had gone away but the loss of vocals remained. Last visit to nest on 10th of Feb, they both looked normal.
Throughout the summer and prior to mum's disappearance both parents made frequent round trips to Burns Bay (16kms), sometimes spending the night there. They were both observed flying around, hunting ie. normal behaviour.
Sea-EagleCAM Team
 Additional thanks to Cathy and Lydia
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« Reply #303 on: June 22, 2016, 11:17:52 AM »

Wow!  2 eggs already:
(Was not able to confirm the dates)
#1  6-19-16, 8:49pm
#2  6-23-16, 1:15am  (It's already 'tomorrow' in Australia!)
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« Reply #304 on: July 28, 2016, 04:28:34 AM »

PIP!  Here's the progress:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAsScdRGyS0&feature=youtu.be
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« Reply #305 on: July 29, 2016, 04:46:55 AM »

Hatch!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2GnT0DNanY&feature=youtu.be
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« Reply #306 on: August 09, 2016, 03:01:43 PM »

The youngest chick passed away overnight.
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« Reply #307 on: August 09, 2016, 05:42:14 PM »

So sorry to hear the news  brokenheart - and thanks for letting us know, Bonnie.  group hug

It sounds from Facebook as if there may have been a couple of days with less fish, which can be a challenge.  I expect we'll learn more soon.

Rest in peace, little one, and fly free.
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« Reply #308 on: August 20, 2016, 03:38:58 AM »

I'm very late...but must share that lovely fb-photos

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SE18, the younger and weaker of the two Sea-Eagle chicks, has apparently died overnight. It is no longer visible in the nest and is probably under the leaves lining the nest bowl. Its death was probably a result of a number of factors including insufficient food, sibling rivalry, poor weather conditions previously - essentially, failure to thrive...

https://www.facebook.com/Sea.EagleCAM/photos/pcb.962049950498657/962049720498680/?type=1&theater











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« Reply #309 on: August 20, 2016, 04:33:31 PM »

Thank you for the update images, Ferenz. Such beautiful birds. So good to see one of them thriving.
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« Reply #310 on: October 19, 2016, 11:39:10 AM »

Hello all. An update on SE17.   He branched on October 18, and seemed to do really well with 13 trips to the perching branch that day.  However the next morning 17 seemed to be distracted when he saw a bird in the area as he sat on the branch.  As 17 turned to face it and probably to jump back to the nest, his foot slipped.  He struggled to hang on to the branch with the other foot, but fell and landed in a nearby tree.  Not yet able to fly well enough to get back up to the nest, he eventually wound up on the ground.  The research team arranged for immediate rescue.  As they went in, a fox (not native to Australia and a real problem) was spotted hunting nearby.  They rushed to secure the area around 17 and eventually caught him and took him to Wildlife Hospital.  He appeared unhurt.  They will examine and do blood tests there.  Hoping that he can be released back into the area, but will have to be flying better before that happens.  For now we wait and see.
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« Reply #311 on: December 22, 2016, 10:45:03 PM »

Catching up on some posts.  I surely hope SE17 was able to be released. 
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« Reply #312 on: December 23, 2016, 06:52:57 PM »

Quick summary - he was returned to an alternate nest a day or two later (the tree where they nested this year was much less accessible) - and flew off soon thereafter.  There are posts on Facebook from local observers - his flying was sketchy for a while, but is better now, and his parents are still bringing him food.  love  Sounds as if all is well, though he hasn't returned to the nest for a cameo appearance.
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