In the first camera season 2015 this nest was occupied by a eagle couple who built the nest starting from zero in that winter. This territory was found in 2014 and the same couple raised three eaglets in another nest which was destroyed later. The female had Estonian rings and the male was unringed. The DD forum members gave them names Durbe and Robert. The couple raised one eaglet who was given a male name Durberts. Later the DNA revealed that the eaglet was female so actually the name should be Durberta. The LK forum notes of the season 2015 can be found here:viewtopic.php?f=99&t=738
Some more information about this eagle couple can be read here:viewtopic.php?p=433898#p433898
The season 2016 started with misfortune: Durbe was never seen again after Dec 29 2015. Instead of her Robert got other company as a young strange female tried to make his acquaintance. Also other strange eagles began to visit the nest. Sometimes there were clashes among these eagles when more than one happened to come to the nest at the same time. Some clashes must have taken place outside the nest, too, since Robert injured his foot somewhere. It became apparent that something fatal had happened to Durbe. Robert didn't warm up to the advances of the new female and finally he had to leave. He hasn't been seen at the nest for certainty after the end of February.
During the spring more strange eagles visited the nest, among them a young female and a young male who started coming together. They seemed to settle at the nest so after a while they were given names Egle and Ansis by the DD members. However, they didn't quite seem to be mature enough to breed yet, although the male was very eager to try to mate with the female (but his technique was not adequate yet). After a month or two they stopped coming and were not seen at the nest after the end of April.
On April 17th
a Latvian eagle with number 221 on its blue-over-black country ring on the right leg and individual code C602
on the blue-over-white left ring was identified on the nest. Probably the same bird was seen already on March 29th but then only the first two characters on the blue stripe of its individual ring, C6, were seen. C602 was ringed on 5.6.2010 in Kurzemē region (Kuldīgas side) in a nest with two eaglets. This eagle began to visit the nest on a more or less regular basis.On July 29th
a Lithuanian eagle with blue-over-red country ring on the right leg and individual code B556
on its black-over-blue left ring arrived together with the Latvian C602. B556 was ringed as a nestling on 30.5. 2009 in Šilute district, Lithuania by Deivis Dementavicius. The bird was earlier captured in a picture taken with an automatic camera on 30.9. 2011 at a nest in Kurzemē (Tērandes side), Latvia.
From the end of July the two eagles started to come to the nest together. Based on their voices it was concluded that C602 is a male and B556 is a female
. They seemed to get along well from the very beginning: for example on one of their arrivals on that day they landed on the nest simultaneously "hand in hand". In the picture below the Lithuanian B556 is in the foreground and the Latvian C602 is in the back.
In the autumn they began to rebuild the nest. On Oct 16th the female was given the name Šilutė and the male was named Vents
by the members of the Dabasdati forum. Šilutė is now 7 years old and Vents 6 years so it is probable that they will breed for their first time in this season.
During the summer and early autumn the friendship of these birds grew and the prospects of getting a fruitful season 2017 at this nest became brighter as the autumn grew darker. The eagles started to bring sticks and twigs to the nest. The female Šilutė has been the more hard-working partner in this respect. They also began to show each other expressions of tenderness in the eagle way, pulling each other's feathers and pecking each other's faces which in human eyes looks rather scary but must be the eagle equivalent for kissing. Vents has been the more active partner in this activity. He also often sings softly to his sweetheart. One or two attempts of mating have been observed during the autumn.
In the beginning of the year 2017 the construction of the nest is already very complete.Complications
arose as Šilutė was not seen anymore after Jan 27, when she left the nest together with Vents at 10:50. The next day both eagles were absent and on Jan 29 Vents returned alone and waited at the nest for a long time. A young Lithuanian female L076, possibly Šilutė's full sister was seen on the next two days together with Vents. On Feb 1 a youngish but mature-looking un-ringed female came to the nest together with Vents at 9:33. She seemed determined to take possession of both the nest and Vents, but so far (Feb 10) it is unkonown what will happen.
A more detailed account of the eagles at the nest in 2016 can be found here:viewtopic.php?p=433901#p433901
An introduction for 2016 by Jānis Ķuze (in Latvian) here:http://ldf.lv/lv/tiesraide
and this GoogleTranslated to English:http://translate.google.com/translate?h ... Ftiesraide