Information needed: Little Eagles

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Subject: Information needed: Little Eagles
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 15:19:47 +1000

Information from the chatline has been very useful for Jerry Olsen’s team in monitoring declining Little Eagle numbers.  To summarise the report in the June 2009 CBN, four territories were recorded last season in the Canberra area:  a) the much-reported Dairy Flat pair which nested near Duntroon;  b) the Kambah pair (McQuoid’s Hill);  c) Roger Curnow’s pair almost in NSW (west of Dunlop);  d) the lower Molonglo pair (Pegasus riding school).  Any reports of nesting activity in the coming months of 2009 will be appreciated, directly to me if that is convenient.


Even if a nest cannot be located  I am happy to check out reports of pairs being seen regularly in new places.  Towards the  end  of last season there were reports of one or more LEs over Red Hill Nature Park, and these did not fit readily with any known pair.  There is the possibility of  a nest  at the southern end of the Red  Hill reserve, or perhaps on Mt Mugga or Isaacs Ridge where nesting attempts have been recorded in the past.  (In view of concern about decline in intra-urban nesting by Canberra’s Wedge-tailed Eagles, any reports on those would be welcome too.  Of course, it is very important not to linger near any active nests, particularly of wedgies and particularly when there might be eggs or small young.  Even if the parents are not in view they are quite likely being kept from the nest, which can be fatal.)  

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