Black kite Nest 4 2018

Saturday 1 September 2018

This morning I ducked in quickly at about 2:00 pm to look at the nests. The nest near the entry and the whistling kite nest were both empty. Black kites and whistling kites flew on the other side of the road, and had some skirmishes.  I could see one had food, which it dropped then caught in the air. A black kite flew over me.

After my shopping, I decided to call in again on the way home, at about 5:45 pm. Both nests were still empty. Black kites flew around the site every so often. I just had a feeling that they were guarding a territory. A whistling kite was calling from a perch in a tree. I saw a magpie – from the middle nest – have a go at it.


At least I thought the calling was the whistling kite. But sometimes the whistle seemed to be coming from where the black kites were flying behind the trees. i couldn’t see where they were very well. I walked towards the entrance nest and was shocked to see a large black kite sitting in it, calling!!


Was it a youngster, calling for food? I didn’t think so, as I hadn’t seen any bird in the nest before. Was it a female, calling for her mate to feed her?


I don’t know when it got into the nest, but after a few minutes it flew out very competently.

Tuesday 4 September 2018

I visited the nest during the week, which I never do, but it has been raining for a couple of days (most unusual). I stayed in the car where I could see the nest. Teh nest looked empty. I saw the black kites fly overhead a few times but they didn’t land in the nest tree or nest.

Sunday 9 September 2018

I visited this morning at about 8:30 am and stayed until 10:00 am. I saw a whistling  kite sitting in the whistling kite nest and another in a nearby tree.


I didn’t see any black kites in the nest or nest tree, but periodically up to four flew over the site, sometimes quite low.


Saturday 15 September 2018

I visited the site around lunchtime and saw a whistling kite in the whistling kite nest.


I didn’t see a black kite in the black kite nest but saw one sitting in a tree about 80 m from the nest. It allowed me to approach quite close and take photos that were almost full frame. I hadn’t seen it until I was that close.


There were two black kites that flew over every so often and landed in the nearby trees every so often.


Sunday 16 September 2018

Today I parked across from the site at about 2:30 pm. I watched three black kites fly over the road and on the opposite side to the nest tree. I did not see a bird in the nest or any birds approach the nest.


As a bonus, I think I saw a swamp harrier and later an Australian hobby go over. A magpie had  a good go at one of the black kites.

Saturday 6 October 2018

I’ve been away on holidays so haven’t visited the nests for 3 weeks. I stopped by at about 4:30 pm and couldn’t see any birds in the black kite nest. But after about 15 minutes of watching, I heard a black kite whistling. I saw it fly in and land on a branch about 2 m from the nest. It seemed to be eating but flew away without visiting the nest. No birds responded to it from in the nest.


I had a quick look at the whistling kite nest to see if any other birds had taken it over. As I drove up to it, a whistling kite flew out of the tree. I don’t know if it was on the nest, or in the tree, or an adult or juvenile.

Thursday 8 November 2018

I can’t believe I haven’t visited for so long! I stopped at the nest site for a while this afternoon and to my surprise, a pair of whistling kites landed at the black kite nest; one on the nest and one beside it.


A black kite was circling over the area, and I also saw a grey goshawk and black-shouldered kite!


Black kite nest 3 2017 – 2018

Wednesday 16 August 2017

I saw 2 black kites, so I went over to the tree where they had attempted to nest last year. There was a small nest still there.


They didn’t fly over to it but one was eating something red while on the wing.


Wednesday 6 September 2017

I arrived at about 4:15 pm and left at about 5:10 pm. I saw a pair of black kites around the tree they attempted to nest in last year. The site is quiet: no activity and all the heavy machinery is gone.

Tuesday 19 September 2017

I saw the black kites in the tree in which they built the nest last year.

Wednesday 22 November 2017

I went back a few weeks ago and was shocked to find I couldn’t get onto the site anymore at all. I went to my lower entry and the land was all dug up and trucks were working on it, right beside where the black kite nest was. I think I saw a black kite flying over the devastation.

Today, there was no sign of the black kites and the soil goes right past their nest.


Thursday 8 February 2018

I went to have a look at the site today and it is completely inaccessible from all approaches. There are mountains of soil and the black kite nesting tree has definitely been taken out. This is where it was:


Wednesday 29 August 2018

Today I had a look at the site from the side where the eagles used to be then went around to look at the site where the black kite nest was. To my amazement, there was a single tall eucalypt remaining, with its base at the level of the swamp I used to walk around. It was about 35 m tall and had a nest to the right of centre, about 5 m from the top.


I am almost certain that the tree they had before was growing on the top of the slope that went up from the swamp. I  wish I’d made better notes. As I looked at it, a single black kite flew around the tree then landed in it, roughly level with the nest. He sat for a few minutes.


He then flew around  and landed on the nest! I heard a begging sound while he was on the nest, which may have been chicks, or perhaps the female wanting food. The female incubates the eggs and the male provides food. The black kite I saw did look like he was feeding something but I could not see any heads.


Incubation is 33 days, time in nest is 42 days. Now that I know there’s a nest, I’ll be back to check it!

Wednesday 5 September 2018

I arrived at 4:15 pm and stood behind a big gum tree where I could see the nest. I couldn’t see any birds in it. There were rainbow lorikeets in the tree and a sulphur-crested cockatoo flew in and then out. A magpie landed about a metre from the nest and preened itself for about 7 mins and I was afraid it had taken over the nest. At 4:50 pm I saw one black kite fly low over the dirt wall behind the nest tree. At 5:13 one flew past again.

At 5:29 pm – at about sunset – a black kite landed in the nest tree, about 5 m from the nest.


It roosted for a few minutes then when I looked back it was gone. I saw one a bit later fly away from the nest area. I left just after 6:00 pm and none had returned to the nest tree.


To see the black kite nest I have to walk through a narrow strip of trees. I had walked about 20 m past a large gum tree with a nest in it. I thought the nest belonged to a raven or magpie. At 5:29, I suddenly saw what looked like a falcon flying directly towards me. It landed beside the nest and I heard a bird begging sound. It was almost dark, so I had to use ISO 5000 to get a photo at all. Luckily the bird moved onto the branch. I think it is an Australian hobby!!!!.


Sunday 9 September 2018

I went in the weekend so I could go a bit earlier in the day. I didn’t see the black kites at all, but one may have been in the nest. The tree is so isolated, and there is a road at the top of the dirt slope, right near the edge.


I saw the Australian hobbies come to their nest a few times. They fly in fast and call when they are nearly there. I saw one come to the nest and found out that the other had been in it.


I also saw the two of them sitting on a branch.


Their tree is very tall – at least 30 m – and the nest is right up near the top. It’s on the edge of the older part of the development near a park that doesn’t seem to be used. I can see it and the black kite nest at the same time!


Wednesday 12 September 2018

I visited the site at about 4:30 pm and saw an Australian hobby go to their nest several times (male feeding female?). The visit only takes a second or two and is so fast I can’t get a photo. One sometimes sits in the tree near the nest.

I didn’t see any birds go to the black kite nest. Late (6:43 pm, and the sun set at about 5:30 pm), I saw a black kite fly over the site, sort of behind the nest but didn’t show any interest in it.

It’s hard to tell what the birds were later on in such poor light: falcon, whistling kite, black kite or raven. One landed on a street light.

Tuesday 10 October 2018

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I visited the nests! I stopped in today at about 9:30 am but because it was a week day diggers were driving up and down behind the black kite nest tree and men were talking loudly. I couldn’t see any birds in the nest.

I had to go past the Australian hobby nest tree to get to where I could see the black kite nest tree. I looked carefully before proceeding and didn’t think anyone was in the hobby tree but as I got closer a hobby flew into the tree and started what I think was an alarm call. I hurried past, then looked back at the nest from my position watching the black kite tree. I saw a head bobbing in the hobby nest. I am almost certain it was a baby by the bobbing, wobbly movements. I have some poor photos, which I’ll put up later.

Whistling kite Nest 4 August 2018

Saturday 11 August 2018

I dropped in to check the nest and was thrilled to see one young whistling kite sitting upright in it!


The spots on the upper wings could be clearly seen. When it stretched, the whistling kite pattern on the underwing could be seen.


I stayed in the car to photograph it then moved the car over to the side of the road. I got out and four birds of prey circling in a group flew over me: two whistling kites, one black kite and one brown goshawk. They flew past to have a look at me then circled higher and away. It will be interesting to see if the black kite or brown goshawk attempts to nest after the young whistling kite fledges. Brown goshawks have nested in that tree in the past, in one of the previous whistling kite nests.





Luckily, the young whistling kite should fledge before building starts on the site. It doesn’t look as if much has been done since last I visited.

I think the nest is near the top of the tree at about 30 m. If the tree fell down, the nest would be on the edge of the cleared site. In the photo below, the nest tree is one the far right (top not shown) and the dirt can be seen less than 40 m from it. The wind was causing lots of sand and dirt to blow away.


Sunday 12 August 2018

Because the chick looked so strong yesterday, I went back today to see if it had fledged. The nest looked empty, but I wasn’t sure if the chick was resting.


I think I saw the black kite and brown goshawk fly over, then the two whistling kites, but they were so high they could hardly be seen. An adult white-bellied sea-eagle flew over and one whistling kite took it on!


I had a walk around and saw a black kite sitting in a tree.


It flew off then, as I walked to the other end of the site, I thought I saw it sitting in a tree again. I took a few photos, noticed the spots and realised I was looking at the precious baby whistling kite!


A couple more clicks and I retreated back to my car and left. What a relief that it had fledged and could soon move on to a safer, quieter place!


Saturday 18 August 2018

I popped into the site to see if another bird had taken the nest. The nest was empty but I saw a whistling kite on a branch near it. I think the bird was an adult because I couldn’t see spots.


I saw up to five black kites, a brown goshawk and at least two whistling kites circling on the other side of the road (where I can’t get to!). Sometimes they came over my side, and seemed to flush a small flock of 12-15 galahs several times.

After a while, two black kites perched in a tree near the entrance to the site with food. They looked like a pair because the one on my right was bigger.


I had a look for nests and found two more in the tops of gum trees! Neither had birds in them (that I could see).



I waited for about 30 mins ( inside the car to stay out of sight) but did not see any birds go into the nests. I will be keeping watch!

Saturday 25 August 2018

It was about to rain for the first time in absolutely ages, so I popped out to visit the nests. At first the whistling kite nest was empty so I checked the other two nests: also empty. I waited for a while in the car then walked back to check again. I saw a magpie go into the middle nest, which looked too small for a large bird of prey anyway. An adult whistling kite flew in circles above its tree and it screamed.

I saw a whistling kite with a small stick in its beak fly over to the whistling kite nest. I got back into the car and drove to where I could see the nest from the car. A whistling kite landed on the nest and I could tell by the spots it was the juvenile.


It flew away and I saw what looked like an adult land on a high branch about 4 m from the nest.


When it flew away, I realised it was a black kite.


I saw a couple of birds land in a tree not far away so I walked over to see which ones they were. I couldn’t get to where I could get a clear photograph of both – an annoying branch was in the way – but I’m almost certain by the spots that they are two juvenile whistling kites! One must have left the nest before I saw my one.



Whistling kite Nest 4 April-July 2018

Here is a link to some backstory, then I’m going to write about this year’s whistling kite nesting to see if it’s successful.

Saturday 14 April 2018

A small park where I previously found nesting birds of prey is now being dug up for development. I can’t see the nest tree, which used to have three nests in it. I think it may have been cut down


A pond that has been home to water birds as long as I can remember is now surrounded by mud.


Sunday 6 May 2018

I saw a pair of whistling kites in a tree in the park!


Then, as I walked carefully around the trees, I saw a small nest that is well hidden.


The developers have been working around the trees.


Sunday 20 May 2018

Today, I visited the park. I could see three birds of prey circling over the flat land several hundred metres away so I walked towards the nest tree to get a photo of the nest. To my surprise, a head popped up!


I felt terrible about disturbing an incubating bird so I retreated and left the park.

Saturday 2 June 2018

Today I did a five minute check of the nest. I drove the car into the park and stayed inside, so I was not a threat. An adult was on the nest.


Nearby (50-80 m), two wood ducks and a purple swamphen were clinging to their destroyed habitat.



Sunday 24 June 2018

As I drove to the site, I saw both whistling kites in the air, chasing some ravens. When I drove in, I couldn’t see where they went. They didn’t appear to be in the nest, but seemed to be defending it.


Sunday 1 July 2018

Today I had a quick look at the site just before dark. I saw one whistling kite fly to the normal guard roost tree. There are big piles of sand and soil even closer to the nest tree.


There are signs that people have been driving around the nest tree itself.


Saturday 28 July 2018

I’ve been away, so have missed quite a few weeks. I visited the nest but did not see any birds in or around it. The clearing/road work near the nest continues, but the tree is still there. It’s the tallest one.


I hope the development doesn’t continue across to the last piece of land because it is a nice little woodland with 40-50 mature trees with broken branches and hollows. Lots of parrots were looking at nest sites.



White-bellied Sea-Eagle nest 1 2018

Wednesday 7 February 2018

I have walked past the nest several times this year without seeing or hearing the sea-eagles. This afternoon I heard them honking quite urgently in the trees further in than the nest.

Saturday 9 February 2018

I didn’t see or hear the sea-eagles this afternoon. The houses are being built rapidly along the new street closest to the fence that is the boundary between the new development and the property the nest is in. I’m not a good judge of distance but I estimate they are no more than 50 m from the nest.

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Friday 16 March 2018

I saw one eagle fly low back to the trees behind the nest and almost immediately heard squonking. I didn’t see them at the nest.

Sunday 25 March 2018

I went for a walk in the late morning. We had had heavy rain during the week and there was a lot of wet grassland and the swamps had filled. I heard the sea-eagles – maybe on the other side of the swamp – but did not see them. I did see a whistling kite cruising over the swamp.

Thursday 12 April 2018

When I arrived at about 5;15 pm, I saw one of the adults roosting on a bare forked tree.

Thursday 17 May 2018

I went for a walk at about 5:00 pm and saw one sea-eagle fly back into the nest area. It flew into the trees that are further in from the development.

There are houses all up the street closest to the nest tree and people are already living in many of them.

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Tonight I visited the nest to see if I could see the sea-eagles. At about 4:45 pm I heard a great kerfuffle and saw birds flying all around the trees. I suddenly spotted one of the sea-eagles, but just for a few seconds.


Friday 1 June 2018

This afternoon, at about 4:00 pm, I again saw a single sea-eagle flying near the nest. I am alerted by all the other birds lifting off and squawking.

Monday 25 June 2018

I walk past the nest a few times a week, but have not seen the eagles recently. Sometimes I hear them and tonight I heard other birds doing alarm calls. People have moved into lots of the houses in the streets closest to the nest. It means I can’t park where I want or stand and watch with my camera without looking suspicious. Some houses have backyards that will go right up to the boundary fence (40 m from the nest tree).

Saturday 28 July 2018

I visited the nest in the middle of the day. There were no birds so I took some photos to show how close the end of the development is to the nest tree. And there are more houses to be built.

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Thursday 23 August 2018

I visited the nest at 4:50 pm and stayed until 5:50 pm, well after sunset. I was hoping to see the eagles fly in from the swamp towards the nest, but didn’t see them. Every so often I heard alarm calls from behind the nest area. The Sydney sea-eaglets are about four weeks old now, so nesting season is well underway.

White-bellied Sea-Eagle nest 1 July-December 2017

1 July 2017

I visited the nest at 4:19 pm for 30 minutes, but did not see the sea-eagles.

17 July 2017

I arrived about 10 minutes before sunset (4:58 pm). I saw a single eagle fly from the swamp area straight to the nest. It may have had a stick or leaf in its talons.



It seemed to crouch down but its back stayed in view. After 3 minutes it flew back to the swamp (5:01pm). I can’t discount that it was a changeover of parents on the nest, but I only saw one bird the whole time.


21 July 2017

I visited the nest from 4:40 pm until sunset. I saw more house foundations being made, closer to the nest in between the 2 new roads. There was also a crane, water truck and excavator. I didn’t see the sea-eagles.

4 August 2017

I arrived at about 4:30 pm. I was shocked at how many new house foundations and fenced lots there were closer to the nest, in the middle section between the 2 new roads. Luckily, in the closest section they haven’t progressed the one house (which has plastic ribbons flapping nastily) or started any more.

A single sea-eagle arrived. It may have been holding something.


It seemed to sit a while then leave after 4 minutes. I couldn’t tell if it was a changeover.


Friday 18 August 2017

I arrived at 4:35 pm on a very windy day. At 4:45 pm an eagle flew to the nest. I think it was holding some smallish food in its right foot.


The other eagle popped up out of the nest.


At 4:48 pm the first eagle flew out of the nest, did a small circuit and landed back in the nest.


It was being chased by a magpie-lark.


The eagles appeared to be standing because I could see their backs. Their heads bobbed up as if they were eating. Every so often their wings came up as if they were being caught by the wind.


The original one flew into a leafy tree to the right of the nest tree and stayed there for about 10 minutes. The one in the nest popped its head up every so often.


The first one left at about 5 pm. It looked well fed. The other eagle settled back into the nest, out of sight.

Saturday 26 August 2017

I arrived at 4:32 pm and watched the nest from the car. Twice I heard one or both eagles but did not see them. Finally I saw them fly to a tree about 50 m from the nest tree at about 5:25 pm. They settled and appeared to bed down for the night. I  feel so sad for them. I don’t know what has happened but it was 15oC when I left at 5:45 pm  and getting colder. I don’t think eggs or chicks could survive for long without the parents.


Thursday 14 September 2017

Time goes so quickly between visits. Today I visited for about an hour. At 5:38 pm I saw an eagle fly from the swamp in the direction of the nest. I think it landed in a tree about 50 m further into the private property from the nest tree.


Soon after, I saw another fly in the same direction. I think they both went into one of the larger trees further in but it was almost dark and I couldn’t see them. They didn’t come over to the nest tree.

Friday 29 September 2017

Today I arrived at about 5:20 pm and at about 6:00 pm I saw one sea-eagle fly to the trees further in than the nest. At 6:05 pm I saw the other fly in with something in its talons. I don’t know if they are roosting in there or flying past. I stayed for another 10 minutes but didn’t see either one visit the nest.


White-bellied Sea-Eagle nest 2 2017-2018

Monday 24 April 2017

I went to visit nest 2 for the first time in 2017. When I crossed onto the grassland adjacent to the nest tree, I was met with a most horrific sight. There were white markers all over the land, with lot numbers written on them. I paced the distance from the nearest one to the nest tree: it was a mere 30 m.


I looked towards the grassy slope that was my other access to the nest tree. A smooth graded road is now there.


I thought this nest was safe. What are people thinking? They will drive another pair of White-bellied Sea-Eagles  – a Vulnerable species in NSW – away from their nest, right before/at nesting time. If this degree of development is being carried out all over the state, I can’t see the species lasting for very long. Needless to say, I didn’t see the sea-eagles.

Monday 17 July 2017

I drove around the development that overlooks the nesting area. I could not locate the actual nest tree or see the birds flying. I did see another pair of raptors but could not identify them. It looks as if more of the land has been turned to soil/mud.

Wednesday 26 July 2017

I went to the eagle tree and saw more widespread clearing of the land.


There’s no doubt that the developers are planning to cover all the available land with houses, irrespective of the nest right there. This time I found lot markers in the trees that are around and behind the nest tree. At the right of the photo below is the base of the nest tree (nearly half the photo) and in the middle to the left is a white lot marker with a pink ribbon around it.


There was a lone bulldozer working. I didn’t see either sea-eagle.

Wednesday 16 August 2017

I walked down from the top entrance and there were no vehicles working on the site. The land was flat, smooth and dry.


I saw 2 black kites, so I went over to the tree where they had attempted to nest last year. There was a small nest still there.


They didn’t fly over to it but one was eating something red while on the wing.


I saw a nankeen kestrel as well. After I had been there for an hour, I saw a white-bellied sea-eagle! It seemed to have something on its belly. I wonder if it is a brood patch. It flew over the area in general, including the nest tree, but didn’t land.


Wednesday 30 August 2017

I arrived at about 4:55 pm and left at sunset at about 5:25 pm. I saw a whistling kite flying but no sea-eagles. I saw two lot markers about 27 m from the base of the nest tree on the cleared land.

A sea-eagle may have been in the nest, but the pair last year saw or heard me even if I was as quiet as I could possibly be, creeping through the bushes in full camo and more than 100 m away. They always flew straight over to me.

Wednesday 6 September 2017

I arrived at about 4:15 pm and left at about 5:10 pm. I didn’t see any sea-eagles but saw a pair of black kites around the tree they attempted to nest in last year. The site is quiet: no activity and all the heavy machinery is gone. Sulphur-crested cockatoos are nesting in the eagle tree.


Tuesday 19 September 2017

I arrived around 4:00 pm and left at about 5:30 pm. I didn’t see any sea-eagles. There weren’t any vehicles or people on the site.

I saw the black kites in the tree in which they built the nest last year.

I also saw a pair of nankeen kestrels and I think they could be nesting in a tree not far from the black kite tree.


Wednesday 22 November 2017

I went back a few weeks ago and was shocked to find I couldn’t get onto the site anymore at all. I went to my lower entry and the land was all dug up and trucks were working on it, right beside where the black kite nest was. I think I saw a black kite flying over the devastation. There was new built up soil from one end to the other.


Today I went to the other side and looked across. I couldn’t see the nest tree so I don’t know if the developers have taken it out or if it is hidden from sight. There was no sign of the black kites and the soil goes right past their nest.


The beautiful little nankeen kestrels that I thought were nesting in one of two trees in the middle of the site have had their trees – and maybe their eggs or chicks – removed.

I feel real pain and incredible sadness when I look at the site. If this is happening all over the country it won’t be long before many birds are finding it hard to breed at all.

Thursday 8 February 2018

I went to have a look at the site today and it is completely inaccessible from all approaches. There are mountains of soil and the black kite nesting tree has definitely been taken out. This is where it was:


From the other side, I can see the area where the nest tree is/was but can’t tell if it’s been taken out. However, the human disturbance is massive.

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I haven’t seen the pair of sea-eagles since 2016.

Monday 30 April 2018

Work is ongoing and I haven’t seen any sea-eagles. I wonder where they went? I hope they found another nest tree. The area I used to roam over completely alone is now tremendously built up and covered with trucks, pipes and the like. It’s pushing out into the area the birds used to soar over.


I still can’t see if the nest tree has been taken down, but if not it’s on the very edge of all the insane noise and activity.


Sunday 9 September 2018

Finally, I decided to get into the site and find out once and for all if the nest is gone. There is no doubt that it is. Although the site looks very different, I think the nest tree was where this dirt is.


It looks as if they have kept a thin line of trees, some of which look as if they’re dying, and taken out the eagle’s tree to make way for a road.



White-bellied Sea-Eagle nest 1 January-June 2017

Tuesday 10 January 2017

I haven’t been to Nest 1 for a long time but decided today to see how the development is progressing. The sloping land now has kerbed bitumen roads that I can drive along. It even has street lights and trees on the nature strips. There are two roads approximately evenly spaced between the dirt track 60 m from the nest and the road that I used to park on 330 m from the nest. I drove up to the place I used to walk to and hide.


There are numbered lots all over the land. I think my hiding places will be people’s backyards. From what I can see, the back fences will be almost at the dirt track, only 60 m from the nest. I don’t see how Sea-Eagles could ever nest there again.


12 March 2017

The developers have been working right beside the fence, only 30 m from the nest tree (top left).


Friday 28 April 2017

I went for a walk near sunset to see if the eagles were roosting. I didn’t see any sign of them. A new fence has been put up. More houses are being constructed in the same street – at the same distance from the nest – as last year. There are none closer yet. The roads are complete and the heavy machinery has all been moved to a site a few hundred metres away. I hope the lull in the noise and disturbance doesn’t cause the eagles to try to nest again, because they will be driven out when the house building  starts. I’m worried because it’s almost May and I saw them mating in June last year. I just hope they have another nest somewhere.

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Saturday 13 May 2017

On a whim, I drove to the nest after the sun had set today. I felt sad to see the nest and started to walk down the hill. I looked back and got a huge shock: in the dim light I was almost certain I could see the two Sea-Eagles roosting beside the nest! I didn’t have my camera, so used my phone, which makes things appear smaller than in real life. The photo is dismal, but I’m sure at least one was there.

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The developers have now completely fenced off my access from two streets at the top. The ground is being prepared for more damn houses.

I was so happy to see the Sea-Eagles, but I hope they don’t put their effort into nesting there, because they’ll only be driven away again when the house building gets going.

Friday 2 June 2017

I arrived at 4:30 pm and saw one adult Sea-Eagle roosting to the left of the nest. Although houses haven’t been built any closer to the nest than last year, the foundations for one are being made, and it’s as close to the nest as it’s possible to be (about 30 m).


Diggers were working just uphill of this site.


The Sea-Eagle flew away at 5:13 pm – 18 mins after sunset – and landed in a guard tree closer to the water. Either it or the other adult flew back at 5:15 pm and went right into the nest, out of sight.


A car drove past me and the eagle flew out again, so I left. I only saw one adult at a time, so I don’t know if the pair is there.

Monday 12 June 2017

I accidentally deleted some photos I took about a week ago. I saw the pair at the nest, then flying to the guard tree, honking and mating in the late afternoon.

Today I arrived about 4:00 pm and couldn’t see the eagles. At 4:26 pm the pair flew in together and it looked as if the first one had something in its talons. I got a couple of photos of the second one landing.

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They both sat in the nest and appeared to be eating.


One of the eagles flew up onto a higher branch and wiped its beak on the branch.


Some people walked past my car, looked at the nest then walked towards it. One of the eagles flew out with the prey, which looks like a fish (tail towards me).


The other sea-eagle stayed on the branch for 15 minutes, flew down into the nest – disappearing from sight for a minute – then perched on a lower branch on the other side of the nest.


24 June 2017

I arrived at 4:37 pm and saw one eagle on a branch to the left of the nest. After a while it flew into a tree to the right of the nest.


A little more had been done on the house site.


I heard alarm calls and saw the other eagle flying towards the nest. It had plant material in its talons.


The first eagle flew into the nest. They sat there looking out for a while then both disappeared into it entirely out of sight.



One flew up to the high branch on the right and after it had been there for a while, I drove off. I glanced back and thought I saw the other pop its head up. Such big birds are surprisingly difficult to see without the camera.




Wednesday 2 November 2016

Today I entered the nest area the bottom way at about 4:30 pm AEDT. One adult flushed from the nest or nest tree. It flew around me but did not cluck. It went, so I briefly went close to the nest tree to take some photos. I thought there may have been something in the top right of the nest, but I think it was just a wide strip of bark because it did not move.


Thursday 10 November 2016

Today I arrived at the nest area at 5:00 pm AEDT. I was tired, so I decided just to walk towards the nest in full view and have a quick look for a juvenile. I was shocked that no sea-eagle saw me and flew over to me. This is the first time since I found the nest that I haven’t seen them or they haven’t seen me. I’m afraid they’ve gone and their nest has failed like nest 1. I could not see anything in the nest.


Friday 11 November 2016

Today I entered the nest area the top way at 1:00 pm AEDT, walking in the open as I expected to confirm that the sea-eagles were no longer there. I was looking down for snakes when I saw a shadow. I looked up and saw a beautiful sea-eagle!


I walked towards the nest tree. The adult circled me a couple of times fairly low but without clucking then left. I photographed the nest from about 100 m, then suddenly realised that there was a bump that may not have been a bough. I zoomed in and was ecstatic to see a juvenile white-bellied sea-eagle!


I got several photos from behind a bush so as not to scare it, then moved further away to behind the trunk of a large gum tree. It stood up!


It stayed so still I’m not sure that people looking at the nest would even notice it, even though it was so big. Its colour blended in with the branches and nest.

I walked over to check out the black kite nest and whistling kite nest, keeping a tree between me and the nest tree. Just as I decided to go home, I saw one of the parents up very high. It came over towards where I was and slowly got lower. It was carrying something long, but I couldn’t identify it – it may have been an eel or a stick.


It landed on a bare branch and I think it pulled the thing up to eat it. Look at the talons!


As I left, I saw the juvenile again (there appears to be one only). One parent flew around me fairly low and the other stayed very high.

Tuesday 15 November 2016

I visited at about 4:00 pm AEDT. The juvenile was standing on the nest. I took a quick look and left.



Thursday 17 November 2016

I visited at about 3:30 pm AEDT. The juvenile was standing still on the nest. I took some photos and left. I saw one adult on a guard roost.



Monday 21 November 2016

I crept down through the bushes (it’s so hard when the fallen leaves crackle so loudly) and saw an awesome sight: an adult on the nest with the juvenile!


It flew away quite soon after this, but didn’t acknowledge me, so I don’t think it saw me.



Thursday 24 November 2016

I arrived via the bottom way and noticed a thickened part of the tree. I suddenly had a feeling the juvenile had branched … and it had!! It was a couple of metres to the left of the nest.



Friday 25 November 2016

I went back again to check that the juvenile was still okay. It was in the tree, but lower; about 3-4 m below the nest.


The parents weren’t there, so I managed to get under a small tree and lie belly down. After about 10 minutes an adult flew in and landed near the top of the nest tree.


Although I knew where the adult and juvenile were, I still thought they were incredibly hard to see. A person could easily miss seeing them although they are such big birds.

The juvenile did a poo, although it can’t be seen in the photo.


It also had a stretch.


I took some photos while the sulphur-crested cockatoos were screeching. I must have tilted the camera up and it reflected the sun or something because the adult suddenly flew over to me (after more than an hour of not noticing me). I left immediately.

Monday 28 November 2016

I didn’t visit in the weekend, although I thought that the juvenile may leave and I wouldn’t know where he was (I’m going to say he, although I don’t know the gender). I couldn’t see him on the nest or in the nest tree, but saw him on a tree that was about 50 m from the nest tree, about 10 m up.


I hid behind a tree and watched a while. I saw him do a poo, then fly!!!!!!


He flew in a slow semi circle behind the nest tree then landed in a taller eucalypt in denser bush.



He was swooped by a couple of magpies.

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He flew again, down behind the bush behind the nest tree. I don’t know where he landed.

I drove around to the development on that side. I couldn’t see the nest tree and there looked like there was enough bush for an eagle to hide in. I don’t think people would walk from that side over to the nest tree. I saw one adult flying over the trees. I hope the juvenile is okay. He looked like a strong flyer, for a beginner.

Thursday 1 December 2016

I didn’t dare go for a walk because storms were threatening. Instead, I drove to the new development on the other side and saw an adult sea-eagle fly over the trees, maybe towards a place I used to go to see sea-eagles. I realised people can see the nest from there.

Tuesday 6 December 2016

I walked in the bottom way in full view. I didn’t see any sea-eagles so turned to leave. I thought I may have seen a glimpse of a sea-eagle (the juvenile?) flying from a tree about 30 m from the nest tree into the trees behind. I couldn’t be sure. About 5 mins later an adult sea-eagle flew straight towards the nest tree without acknowledging me.


It landed in the top of the nest tree and was still there when I left.


Friday 9 December 2016

I walked in the top way in full view, at about 3:20 pm AEDT. I saw one adult sea-eagle straight away. There may have been 2 but I only saw one at any given time. I didn’t see the juvenile. I thought I saw it, then realised I was looking at  a wedge-tailed eagle! I thought I saw it again, then realised I was looking at a second wedge-tailed eagle. The adult sea-eagle was not impressed, and dived at them, defending the nest tree area.


I also saw the carapace of an eastern long-necked turtle under the tree the juvenile was in when I first saw it out of the nest tree.



Saturday 12 November 2016

Today at about 6:40 pm AEDT, I visited the nest, even though I have not seen the adults visit it for many weeks. There were diggings for roads/houses right up to the fence, about 60 m from the nest tree.


I wandered down towards the swamp, and as I turned back I saw one sea-eagle in a tall gum tree (top right just after it forks on the bottom fork). I had not seen it fly in and did not see the other. However, for such a big bird it was hard to see in the foliage, so the other may have been in another tree.


As I left, I looked back and saw this gorgeous sight.

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Sunday 13 November 2016

I had a brief look at about 1:00 pm AEDT but there were no birds in the nest or surrounds.

Thursday 24 November 2016

I stopped in at about 6:30 pm but there were no birds. A whistling kite was flying near the nest.



The White-bellied Sea-Eagle has recently been listed as a vulnerable species in NSW. This is why, this is why …