Following on from the previous two years of monitoring the White-bellied Sea-Eagles’ nest at Sydney Olympic Park with EagleCAM, we are pleased to announce that we are now broadcasting pictures from the eagles’ nest LIVE on the internet. At present, our internet phone line connection is sub-standard so the quality of the broadcast video is not at its best and we have had quite a few drop-outs. We hope to have a better phone line connection installed within the next week or two and should, subsequently, be able to offer a more reliable and better quality picture. Please take a look at the live video feed at:
Note: Ustream is a free service for broadcasters so it relies on advertising; there may be an occasional 15 or 30 second advertisement when you view the stream.
At 5:40pm on Monday 4th July, ten weeks after the eagles started to build their new nest, the first egg was laid. This is a full two weeks later than the last two years, probably because the birds have had to build a new nest from scratch this year after the tree limb in which the old nest was situated (and which had been in use intermittently for at least 15 years) fell down in February. The birds are doing well with both the male and female taking turns incubating. The male is also bringing in fish to the nest for the female. This year, for the first time, we are using a night-time infrared light so we can record what happens on the nest during the night. We believe that this is the first time that any detailed observation has been conducted on a White-bellied Sea-Eagle nest at night-time.
Please also visit the Sea-EagleCAM Community Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Sea-EagleCAM with photos and updates every other day. You don’t need to belong to Facebook to view; it is a community page, not a personal page.
To see the live pictures from the nest in full high definition and a chance to see the eagles themselves flying overhead, we recommend a visit to the Birds Australia Discovery Centre in Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park. The Discovery Centre is open Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm.
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