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|Posted by Pieter Saunders on April 22, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Due to the eagles deciding to nest on the "TELKOM TOWERS" we had to go to Telkom to negotiate putting the Webcam on their tower so that we can follow the Eagle's breeding season and not lose any breeding data...
TELKOM has been extremely accommodating and we have high expectations that we will have approval before end April 2014, however it might be too late as the eagles are already giving indications that they might have laid their first egg.
Staying positive is difficult to say the least, but we will get through this...
Will keep you posted...
|Posted by Pieter Saunders on August 15, 2013 at 3:30 AM||comments (0)|
Our fourth successfull chick M'lilwane is getting ready to spread her wings, this beautiful eagle is busy with all kinds of wing excersizes and resting up before she will fledge during the last week of August or first week of September...
Have a look at the NESTCAM to see photo's that are updated every 5 minutes if there is movement!!!
|Posted by Pieter Saunders on February 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
We went to the Reserve yesterday and witnessed both eagles, their nest also shows signs of refurbishment, unfortunately they left the reserve at around 9:07 and moved to the Telkom Lattice Tower on the Mountain View side of the mountain, they spent well over an hour here on the same nest they built last year, hopefully it is still their secondary nest and will not be used for egg laying.
It is usual for Verreaux's eagles to build two nests, but they will favour one nest above the other, the occupants of the nest of last year (Crows) were close by, harrassing the eagles at this nest arround every turn.
We hope to have better news after next weekend - we do have until mid March for them to decide on a nest, we hope they choose the safer, more established nest in the Wonderboom Nature Reserve.
|Posted by Pieter Saunders on March 12, 2011 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
The Breeding season has officially started, today Natasja and myself witnessed for ourselves copulating by the eagle pair. It was both miraculous and of great anguish to us, as they decided to copulate or mate on a telkom Lattice tower - Nesting activity has also begun with our eagles spending about 80% of their nest building time building on the Lattice tower and only 20% building on the Wonderboom Nature reserve nest.
Verreaux's Eagles on avarage build two to three nests and when the time comes the female decides which nest she wishes to use for the season, the fact that they are putting so much effort into the Lattice tower nest and so little time into the cliff nest is quite worrying to us as this might be an indication of their reluctance to nest in the nature reserve.
With the time for egg laying drawing nearer and nearer, we are keeping a close eye on this pair.