Black eagle cam - hatched chick on nest

    Black eagle cam - hatched chick on nest

    post #1 of 122
    Thread Starter 

    Just when we thought all the birds had flown their nests, here's an eagle chick that just hatched today!

    eIWedw1.jpg

    Image adapted from black eagle discussion forum at Hancock Wildlife Foundation

    This nest belongs to a black eagle pair in Johannesburg: the matriarch of the area and her third (and much younger) mate. She laid her first clutch of eggs earlier this year, but they proved unviable and she dumped them and left, only to surprise everyone by returning and laying another two eggs.

    The first egg has now hatched and the second is due 3-4 days from today, which brings us to the...

    WARNING.

    Black eagles practise Cainism, so if the second egg does hatch, the stronger sibling's first mission in life is to kill the weaker one ASAP. Some of the other nest cams and discussion boards carry warnings to that effect (as well as reminders that they will not intervene or otherwise interfere with nature taking its course), so that people can stay away until the deed is done.

    Statistically though, the Cain and Abel scenario may well not happen - it seems that with the exception of two years, there's been only one chick on the nest every year since 2005.

    UPDATE (October 8)

    It doesn't look as if the second egg is ever going to hatch, so you can all come back now. :)

    Webcam: http://www.africam.com/wildlife/black_eagle_webcam

    Discussion forum (not terribly busy at the mo - does anyone know of a more active one?): http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=507676

    Back story: http://www.africam.com/wildlife/second_chance_aging_eagle_hatch_watch_has_begun


    Edited by rowan- - 10/8/13 at 10:42am
    post #2 of 122

    :)

    post #3 of 122
    Thanks for this. I knew the mother was getting fidgety earlier in the morning with the impending hatching, but unfortunately I missed it.
    post #4 of 122
    Thread Starter 

    From all accounts, it was a difficult one to catch - looks like the folks at that forum too were surprised they sighted the little bobble-head so early on!

    post #5 of 122
    This is interesting. Thanks for posting.
    post #6 of 122

    Misty again at present.

    post #7 of 122
    It was clear a moment ago. The fog moves in swiftly it seems here and changes the view drastically.
    post #8 of 122
    Thread Starter 

    Not sure how much of it is due to the mist / fog / spray from waterfall but the image does seem to be a tad overexposed to begin with - I find I've to tweak the colour slightly before posting.

    Is it just me or is anyone slightly annoyed with the twig that blocks our view of the chick each time its head bobs up?

    sgsk15.jpg

    P.S.: lpp, shall we ship the earlier black eagle posts over from the osprey thread?

    post #9 of 122
    The twig does obscure the chick, especially at this stage of its growth. A bit annoying.
    post #10 of 122
    Thread Starter 

    Not for long though, I'm sure!

    post #11 of 122
    Thread Starter 

    Emoyeni mantling over her food while her mate tries to figure out where to put the greenery.

    izndyq.jpg

    post #12 of 122

    Thanks, rowan!

    post #13 of 122
    Seems to be pretty tranquil at the nest. Can't seem to see the chick this morning. Must be hidden among the large twigs.
    post #14 of 122

    I couldn't either, hednic.

    It's turned a bit warm here for my laptop, so I can't leave it running or the glue will melt again!

    post #15 of 122
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    I couldn't either, hednic.
    It's turned a bit warm here for my laptop, so I can't leave it running or the glue will melt again!
    I think we were spoiled flipping between different osprey nests in August and seeing creatures in action constantly somewhere.
    post #16 of 122

    Definitely - plus it was easy to hear what was going on on those osprey ones & switch back.

    post #17 of 122
    Thread Starter 

    Yes, these birds are very quiet after the ospreys - according to this page, they rely more on visual communication. But their young are apparently very vocal - I expect we'll be hearing it in the days to come!

    http://www.blackeagles.co.za/?page_id=14

    post #18 of 122

    Goody!

    9/28/13 at 11:49am

    rowan- said:



    Just when we thought all the birds had flown their nests, here's an eagle chick that just hatched today!

    eIWedw1.jpg

    Image adapted from black eagle discussion forum at Hancock Wildlife Foundation

    This nest belongs to a black eagle pair in Johannesburg: the matriarch of the area and her third (and much younger) mate. She laid her first clutch of eggs earlier this year, but they proved unviable and she dumped them and left, only to surprise everyone by returning and laying another two eggs.

    The first egg has now hatched and the second is due 3-4 days from today, which brings us to the...

    WARNING.

    Black eagles practise Cainism, so if the second egg does hatch, the stronger sibling's first mission in life is to kill the weaker one ASAP. Some of the other nest cams and discussion boards carry warnings to that effect (as well as reminders that they will not intervene or otherwise interfere with nature taking its course), so that people can stay away until the deed is done.

    Statistically though, the Cain and Abel scenario may well not happen - it seems that with the exception of two years, there's been only one chick on the nest every year since 2005.

    UPDATE (October 8)

    It doesn't look as if the second egg is ever going to hatch, so you can all come back now. :)

    Webcam: http://www.africam.com/wildlife/black_eagle_webcam

    Discussion forum (not terribly busy at the mo - does anyone know of a more active one?): http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=507676

    Back story: http://www.africam.com/wildlife/second_chance_aging_eagle_hatch_watch_has_begun


    Edited by rowan- - 10/8/13 at 10:42am

    9/28/13 at 11:52am

    lpp said:



    :)

    9/28/13 at 11:54am

    hednic said:



    Thanks for this. I knew the mother was getting fidgety earlier in the morning with the impending hatching, but unfortunately I missed it.

    9/28/13 at 11:57am

    rowan- said:



    From all accounts, it was a difficult one to catch - looks like the folks at that forum too were surprised they sighted the little bobble-head so early on!

    9/28/13 at 12:03pm

    kumquat said:



    This is interesting. Thanks for posting.

    9/29/13 at 4:54am

    lpp said:



    Misty again at present.

    9/29/13 at 5:08am

    hednic said:



    It was clear a moment ago. The fog moves in swiftly it seems here and changes the view drastically.

    9/29/13 at 5:21am

    rowan- said:



    Not sure how much of it is due to the mist / fog / spray from waterfall but the image does seem to be a tad overexposed to begin with - I find I've to tweak the colour slightly before posting.

    Is it just me or is anyone slightly annoyed with the twig that blocks our view of the chick each time its head bobs up?

    sgsk15.jpg

    P.S.: lpp, shall we ship the earlier black eagle posts over from the osprey thread?

    9/29/13 at 5:29am

    hednic said:



    The twig does obscure the chick, especially at this stage of its growth. A bit annoying.

    9/29/13 at 5:32am

    rowan- said:



    Not for long though, I'm sure!

    9/29/13 at 8:18am

    rowan- said:



    Emoyeni mantling over her food while her mate tries to figure out where to put the greenery.

    izndyq.jpg

    9/29/13 at 10:39am

    lpp said:



    Thanks, rowan!

    9/30/13 at 4:53am

    hednic said:



    Seems to be pretty tranquil at the nest. Can't seem to see the chick this morning. Must be hidden among the large twigs.

    9/30/13 at 5:00am

    lpp said:



    I couldn't either, hednic.

    It's turned a bit warm here for my laptop, so I can't leave it running or the glue will melt again!

    9/30/13 at 1:12pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    I couldn't either, hednic.
    It's turned a bit warm here for my laptop, so I can't leave it running or the glue will melt again!
    I think we were spoiled flipping between different osprey nests in August and seeing creatures in action constantly somewhere.

    9/30/13 at 1:15pm

    lpp said:



    Definitely - plus it was easy to hear what was going on on those osprey ones & switch back.

    9/30/13 at 1:40pm

    rowan- said:



    Yes, these birds are very quiet after the ospreys - according to this page, they rely more on visual communication. But their young are apparently very vocal - I expect we'll be hearing it in the days to come!

    http://www.blackeagles.co.za/?page_id=14

    9/30/13 at 2:11pm

    lpp said:



    Goody!





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