Birds Australia - EagleCAM

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Subject: Birds Australia - EagleCAM
From: Geoff Hutchinson <>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:22:24 -0800 (PST)
Birds Australia EagleCAM has had another successfully year with our pair of 
White-bellied Sea-Eagles nesting in Sydney Olympic Park. After the original 
nest tree fell down in February this year the eagles built a new nest in the 
same tree that we had out cameras last year. This shows that they were very 
comfortable with out cameras and our presence close to the nest. There were a 
lot of tree choices but they chose to stay in the same area.The nest took about 
12 weeks to build, about 1.5 met. dia. and about 75 cm thick.Two egg were laird 
in early July and both hatched 40 days later with one day between them. 
Unfortunately after an accident the first chick died in the nest after abut a 
week. The second chick thrived and fledged on the 10th November.
The video was streamed live to the Internet 24 hours a day and in 150 days 
received over 1.4 million views from all over the world. With a peak viewing of 
over 1,700 viewers at the one time. This made Birds Australia EagleCAM the 
second most popular nest cam in the world.
Due to popular demand EagleCAM has produced a 2012 calendar to celebrate this 
event with over 100 photos form EagleCAMHD camera, Jon Irvine & Geoff 
Hutchinson. The back page may be of interest it has 15 photos showing the 
development of the WBSE from egg to fledge, this could be a very useful 
reference tool in the field to identify the age of WBSE chicks, this has never 
been done with such accuracy before.
The calendar is available from or at the Discovery Centre 
and all proceeds go to Birds Australia EagleCAM Project.
PS. With the report of a Painted Snipe sighting at Sydney Olympic Park and WBSE 
nesting there it just goes to show what a fantastic place this is to go 
birding, and getting better every year.
Geoff Hutchinson
EagleCAM team

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