Sea-EagleCAM - News

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EagleCAM is a BirdLife Australia, Southern NSW, Research Project.

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2016 News

31 July 2016 - Second egg hatched

At about 7:00am on the 31 July 2016 the second egg (SE18) hatched.

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29 July 2016 - First egg hatched

At 8:30pm on the 29 July 2016 the first egg (SE17) hatched.

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23 June 2016 - Second egg laid

At 1:15am on the 23 June 2016 the female laid her second egg (SE18). If everything goes to plan they should hatch in 40 days.

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19 June 2016 - First egg laid

At 9:00pm on the 19 June 2016 the female laid her first egg for the 2016 season (SE17). If everything goes to plan a second egg should be arriving in just 3 days.

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January 2016 - SE15 euthanised

Despite treatment SE15's condition worsened and euthanasia was deemed necessary. The senior vet at Taronga Wildlife Hospital Larry Vogelnest stated: “He (SE15) has deteriorated recently, appetite reduced, demeanour changed and his beak had to be trimmed so he could eat. I also feel now that it is unlikely he will ever have normal feathers. All new feathers coming through are abnormal and often break easily resulting in haemorrhage. It was no longer in the bird's best interests to keep him alive in the faint hope he may recover.”

A necropsy has been performed and extensive testing will be undertaken to learn more about Beak and Feather disease and its associated pathology. SE15’s legacy will be that this information may contribute towards the understanding of how this virus affects raptors. We have also received a pathology sample for POP (Persistent organic pollutants) testing. This sample, when analysed will be compared to the other data gathered over the duration of this research project.

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