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 eagles.