Fw: Article Little Eagle

To: 'Ryu Callaway' <>, 'COG Chat' <>
Subject: Fw: Article Little Eagle
From: Don Fletcher <>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:10:05 +0000

Thanks Ryu.

Who could not be excited by the map below which illustrates what the words in the release are partly about?  Who would not be joyful when increased searching this last season found that the number of active nests of a threatened species is actually at least three times higher than the two nests found by the normal search effort?  The first is extraordinary and intriguing, the second positive and encouraging.


On the attached map in yellow is the track to date of the juvenile female currently flying around Queensland, in red is the 2017 route to Daly Waters (NT) that we have seen before, and in green the 2016 return from Wagga of the same breeding male. (The flow of GPS data from his tracking pack had stopped when he was still in the ACT then mysteriously resumed as he passed through Wagga on his way back to Canberra in 2016. In retrospect that may have been the final stage of a longer journey.)


These are preliminary research results but already they indicate that a locally based management strategy would be insufficient.  (Some of the individual eagles of Queensland and the Northern Territory are literally the same individual birds that we are seeing in NSW and the ACT - where they are listed as threatened species). An interesting question is what are the Little Eagles that remain in Canberra over winter?


But there are also questions of more immediate public interest:


Will our little bird in Queensland survive the winter?  If she survives, will she return in spring, not until she reaches breeding age, or not at all? (She can be identified by the 2 digit code on the colour band on her left leg - see photo below). And if she returns, where will she have travelled before turning back?


Don Fletcher



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