Study Information about Sydney Olympic Park

              White-bellied Sea-Eagles

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There has been a White-bellied Sea-Eagle (WBSE) nest in the Newington Nature Reserve, Sydney Olympic Park, Australia for many years with a succession of eagle pairs renovating the nest in the breeding season. Historic observations go back to at least 1991. The early records are incomplete, but eagles have been observed in the woodland or fishing along the Parramatta River for many years. The first recorded young in the nest was in 2003. In 2004, a pair of WBSE built a nest in a Grey Mangrove tree on the banks of the Parramatta River. The female was sitting on eggs, which were expected to hatch in a few days, when she died. Soon after the male was also found dead, nearby in the river. Tests were conducted and it was probable that both died from the some unknown cause.

Because of the results of the tests and the close proximity of Homebush Bay which had high levels of contaminates, that a closer study should be conducted on the breeding success of these WBSE.

Volunteers from BirdLife Australia, Southern NSW formed a research team and formulated a program to closely monitor the breeding habits and the food that is feed to the chicks. The method chosen was to install CCTV cameras close to the nest and record all this video for review. It was proposed that there would be no physical contact with the Adult Eagles or the Chicks, but unfortunately external man made occurrence in 2012 caused a situation where intervention was necessary.

In the years following, eagles were reported, but not nesting, until 2008, when the previous female (2008-2015) nested successfully. Nest renovation and egg laying was observed and photographed from a hide nearby. The first year that the study started using CCTV cameras was 2009.

EagleCAM Researchers: Judy Harrington, Jon Irvine & Geoff Hutchinson.

Acknowledgements:
We would like to thank Sydney Olympic Park Authority for allowing us access to this nest and their generous assistance.
We would also like to thank BirdLife Australia for allowing us to display EagleCAM at the Discovery Centre.

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                                     Click here to see a chart of Chick/Egg numbering
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2013 Breeding Season


Nest Eggs

Two eggs were laid, but unfortunately they did not hatch, the eggs were removed for testing.

To view information about the removal, measurements and test results of the eggs click on 2013 heading.

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2012 Breeding Season


Graph of nest visits 2012 Nest

Two eggs were laid, two chicks hatched both Eaglet (SE-9 & SE-10) fledged.

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2011 Breeding Season


Graph of nest visits 2011 Graph of time on nest visits 2011 Nest 2011

Two eggs were laid, two chicks hatched but unfortunately one died on the nest in the first week. Only one Eaglet (SE-8) fledged.

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2010 Breeding Season


Graph of nest visits 2010 Graph of time on nest visits 2010 Nest 2010

Two eggs were laid, two chicks hatched both Eaglet (SE-5 & SE-6) fledged.

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2009 Breeding Season


Graph of nest visits 2009 Graph of time on nest visits 2009 Nest 2009

Two eggs were laid, two chicks hatched but unfortunately one died on the nest. Only one Eaglet (SE-3) fledged.

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