Some very egg-citing activity occurred last week at Sydney Olympic Park as two White-bellied Sea-Eagle eggs were laid. The first was around 9pm on 19 June and the second at 1.15am on 23 June.
Our resident male has produced these eggs with a new female White-bellied Sea-Eagle, so the breeding season for 2016 looks promising.
It’s now a waiting game, for around 40 days when we hope to see two chicks hatch.
What happened to the previous adult female Sea-Eagle?
The female Sea-Eagle had been in the Park since 2008 and the pair had raised on average one young to fledging each year.
Observers began to notice something amiss with the ‘mum’ in December. She lost her voice. Then she was seen coughing, sneezing and panting. She was last seen at the mangroves on Parramatta River in late February. She was well over 10 years old.
Rescue organisations and wildlife hospitals were contacted and the mangroves searched by numerous volunteers, to no avail. The female was gone.
New adult female Sea-Eagle
Lone adults and juveniles are known to travel in search of a mate and territory. On April 7 our rangers confirmed sighting of the two White-bellied Sea-Eagles at their Parramatta River roost following 2 days of reports from other observers of White-bellied Sea-Eagles soaring together. Shortly after, they were both seen renovating the nest.
Watch the action via EagleCAM
Watch the action of the nest through a 24-hour live stream EagleCAM, that operates out of Newington Nature Reserve in Sydney Olympic Park. EagleCAM garners million views and thousands of comments each breeding season.