Little Eagle update

To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>, "" <>
Subject: Little Eagle update
From: Don Fletcher <>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:37:29 +0000

Hi Geoffrey, all


Thank you Geoffrey.  That’s good news.   Hopefully we can replace his old tracker (no longer recording GPS) with a new one.  As you say, breeding activity is about to commence.  There were two Little Eagles flying above the Campbell Park nest on Thursday.


The two cameras we installed at the Strathnairn nest are not yet connected to the phone system but when it is fully functional the capability should be something approaching the Sydney Sea Eagle Cam.   We also have CCTV running at the other nests.  The Belco2 nest was destroyed a couple of months ago, possibly by the weather (it is the most exposed of the local nests), so while installing the camera, we rebuilt that one using the remains of the old nest plus some new material, as seen in photos at this dropbox, with password ‘Kangaroocounts’.   Fingers crossed that our nest building passes inspection by the eagles.


As requested in the talk at the August meeting, we ask COG members and others to report their Little Eagle sightings within a week or two.  The most helpful ways for us are (a) eBird, (b) Canberra Nature Map, (c) email to or after 15 September  and (d) this Chatline.  As you know one new Little Eagle nest was discovered last year (on Mt Ainslie) and this year there is every chance that a combined effort will narrow down the locations of others. In particular, one is likely to be present in the rural areas to the west of Narrabundah Hill.




Don Fletcher

0428 48 9990


From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Friday, 11 August 2017 12:07 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Little Eagle update


The celebrated Strathnairn male has recently been seen in the vicinity of last year’s nest, so has evidently returned from the Northern Territory.  A video camera has been installed at the nest. It remains to be seen whether the same nest will be used again.


It’s therefore time to keep an eye out for any other possible nesting pairs.  If you think you know of a possible nest site (eg an individual regularly around the same spot, or a pair flying together)  you can either let me know for the purpose of the annual Canberra Bird Notes summary, or advise Don Fletcher who is coordinating a more intensive monitoring exercise.  There is no competition for getting this information, and all nesting data will be pooled in the end.


Last season we believe there were only two successful nests, one at Strathnairn and one at Campbell Park, but other birds were around at the same time at different locations and it is possible other nests were missed.    

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