We have sad news to report as the little eaglet (known to some as SE13) died on Friday afternoon. Over the past week, even though it seemed to be growing and developing, we had noticed it was having difficulty in swallowing food.
The policy, which was developed after consultation with the teams at BirdLife Australia, National Parks and Wildlife and Sydney Olympic Park Authority, was for no intervention at the nest under these circumstances.
The morning after the chick passed, we obtained the appropriate approvals to remove the little bird and the unhatched egg from the nest, using a cherry picker to ensure the retrieval could be conducted with minimal disturbance.
Examination at the Animal Referral Hospital revealed no obvious cause of death such as a fish hook. More tests and analysis will be conducted.
The egg was fertilised, unlike last years failed eggs, and contained a partially developed embryo.
Though this death is very sad, knowledge gained from our observations will contribute to conserving the species and protecting its habitat in the future.