Update on the eaglets, some sad news

Unfortunately, this update on the two White-bellied Sea-Eaglets comes with some sad news.

The younger and weaker of the two Sea-Eagle chicks has apparently died. 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 sibling rivalry, insufficient food and poor weather conditions previously experienced. It may even have been suffering from an unknown disease or virus.

Rivalry between raptor offspring is common, and often one chick may not survive, particularly when food is scare. Parents feeding the young are not “fair” by our standards and will feed the most persistent chick. This is survival of the fittest and gives the remaining chick an even better chance of survival.

The wonderful news is that the stronger eaglet is feasting greedily and appears to be growing well!

Sea-eagle feeding eaglet in nest

Warmer sunny days have fluffed out it’s down. The male is bringing in plenty of prey.

We are continuing to watch carefully for any signs of the little eaglet, or if its body is removed. However, our research protocol means we do not approach the nest area at this very sensitive stage of breeding. Any disturbance could disrupt their behaviour and threaten the surviving eaglet.

See the nest via EagleCAM

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