Black Eagles Nest in South Africa

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Post by Mamicja » October 7th, 2014, 8:35 pm

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October 7th
Jono flew in just before 18 ....
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....with a huge crop.
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Nice photos and stories by Shane Wilken on FB
Videos by Asleepnomore Birdwatching
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWNA2Qi- ... e=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnrHefnY ... e=youtu.be

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Post by Mamicja » October 8th, 2014, 11:48 pm

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October 8th
Jono spent the morning under his/her favorite shrub.
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Then visited the nest for more then hour (14:58 - 16:15).
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Jono flew away to parents for an evening snack and was back for the night at 18:02.
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Videos by:
Asleepnomore Birdwatching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hVUeyhV ... e=youtu.be
sunflowerAB321 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsDQO8fr ... e=youtu.be
Kansastoyou 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohc5dpvY ... e=youtu.be

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Post by lianaliesma » October 9th, 2014, 6:59 pm

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October 9

18.40 :loveshower:
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Post by Mamicja » October 9th, 2014, 10:16 pm

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In the morning Jono was under favorite shrub and on the cliff.
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Vidoes by
Asleepnomore Birdwatching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CHxVWdb ... e=youtu.be
sunflowerAB321 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YqE0rjy ... e=youtu.be
Jono flew in at 18:00 preceeded by Emoyeni above the nest.
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Vidoes by
knarley123 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCNgJ0U ... e=youtu.be
eaglewhisperer18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LJ9pnre ... e=youtu.be
Suzie O https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIc7aj9 ... e=youtu.be
Jono's crop is huge again.
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Parent feeding Jono yesterday-courtesy of Shane Wilken https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=32 ... =2&theater

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 10th, 2014, 6:36 pm

Apparently the problem with the wing was not as serious as thought. The people from project see him flying without difficulty and Ernest Porter shared a short film



The Black Eagle Project posted an update
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Update Oct 2014

Herewith another delivery to your computer by “Bo’s Eagle Express”...enjoy


The juvenile has fledged a month ago already...and during this first month off the nest he will hone his flight, landing, perching and take off skills. From what I have heard, he has certainly found himself in some precarious positions and on a number of occasions were seen hanging upside down, which is typical in youngsters that haven’t yet mastered the fine art of landing on a branch perch and managing to remain upright!

I can only imagine: “Oh my gosh...I am flying for the first time and oh yeah...ma and pa never told me how I should fly...let alone land...and I thought my feet were only used to grapple with a prey carcass... and before I am able to count to three...the densely treed forest below approaches at break-neck speed and I crash into the branches and foliage...holding on for dear life...I’m upside down looking at the nest and waterfall from a ridiculous angle...and I don’t know if this is supposed to be an upside down world??!”

One can relate to this as it sounds all too familiar and I would guess that by now the juvenile is by far a more “relaxed” eagle than what he was on the his maiden flight-day on 10th September, by now he is able to fly...land...take off with the greatest of ease and polished skills. A month is all he requires to practice and get it right as during the following two months there is a different set of skills that await him. Everything is taught extremely rapid and if the juvenile is to survive his first year, he has to pass all his subjects – Cum Laude – in other words, he has to have every aspect of survival under control, however, the only aspect he may not have any experience in is having to hunt his own prey...this is his greatest test of all!

Reports have been received of the juvenile roosting (sleeping) on the nest, which is deemed normal behaviour during his first month after fledging. This has also been observed at our Klipriviersberg Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle project near Alberton where the fledged juvenile prefers to roost and be fed on the nest...makes them feel secure. Not a scenario that is practised by all juveniles, it varies from area to area and the mood of the young eagle.

The sporadic nest refurbishment that was noted during the three-month nesting period of the juvenile, has ceased and we are extremely grateful for small mercies! Unlike 1996 when the eagle pair had two breeding seasons in one year – both seasons failed dismally – nobody on the BEPR was in the mood for a repetitive and prolonged breeding season.

Of interest, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden have gained another breeding pair of raptors in the form of Peregrine Falcon, aptly named “Scruffy & Speedy” by Ernest Porter and myself. Scruffy is currently moulting and has a few primaries disarranged and Speedy is just incredibly fast...too fast to get a decent photo! Usually these little birds of prey migrate before the onset of our winter to breed elsewhere, but this pair have decided to remain within the garden. A number of people have seen them mating, which is positive news, but also a nuisance to the adult and juvenile eagles alike as they are continuously harassed by the fastest flying birds in the world...they are capable of achieving flight speeds in excess of 300km/h, which is phenomenal and indicative that the larger eagles will never be able to catch them



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Boudewijn van der Lecq

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Post by Mamicja » October 10th, 2014, 8:51 pm

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October 10th
In the morning camera couldn't find Jono.
He/she flew to the nest at 16:30 before the storm. It was first rain storm for Jono and at the beginning he/she was scared of lightnings.
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But rain didn't last too long, Jono dried wings up (BTW the left wing is really much better) and fell asleep.
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Videos by Sherry Kamphus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg03ns1C ... e=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jBleyXD ... e=youtu.be
and Kansastoyou 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5LAGtoX ... e=youtu.be

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Post by Mamicja » October 11th, 2014, 9:51 pm

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October 11th
Jono flew to the nest for the night at 17:52
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Video by knarley123 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqAj-ND6 ... e=youtu.be

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Post by Mamicja » October 12th, 2014, 11:02 pm

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October 12th
Jono left the nest in the morning ( videos by knarley123 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jen0Rdr ... e=youtu.be and Asleepnomore Birdwatching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odqeu7O1 ... e=youtu.be ) and wasn't seen till 17:26( videos by Kansastoyou 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITxHL05q ... e=youtu.be and Asleepnomore Birdwatching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaFOw8Qi ... e=youtu.be).
Then Jono flew away at 17:39 and was back for the night 18:19
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Post by Mamicja » October 13th, 2014, 11:32 pm

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October 13th
The nest is empty, Jono spends this night off-nest.
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Post by Mamicja » October 14th, 2014, 8:19 pm

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October 14th
Jono flew to the nest at 18:19 with nicely filled crop.
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There are a great new photos of Jono by Shane Wilken on FB.
Videos of Jono's morning by:
knarley123 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiG4pPS ... e=youtu.be
Sherry Kamphus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DXVakBl ... e=youtu.be
Asleepnomore Birdwatching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USwtYhRm ... e=youtu.be
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Post by Mamicja » October 17th, 2014, 9:47 pm

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October 17th
During the day Jono have been perched on or near the palm tree on the opposite side of canyon.
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Jono briefly visited nest at 18:21, but flew off three minutes later before settling in palm tree with parents.
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Post by Mamicja » October 20th, 2014, 9:32 pm

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October 20th
Jono's visit in the nest this morning - videos by:
sunflowerAB321 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pYiJx2v ... e=youtu.be
Asleepnomore Birdwatching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNr8UZbm ... e=youtu.be
Many great new pictures on FB and interesting video from Ernest Porter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQxNiIRn ... e=youtu.be

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Post by Mamicja » October 22nd, 2014, 11:48 am

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October 22nd
There is a fire close to the palm tree, where Jono spends time during the day. :puzzled:
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Fire videos by:
Asleepnomore Birdwatching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y28J-LUA ... e=youtu.be
Kansastoyou 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54AfYgYG ... e=youtu.be

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Post by Mamicja » October 24th, 2014, 7:52 pm

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October 24th
Today there was a fire in the same place.
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Now Juno tucked with parents in the palm tree for the night.
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Video by Kansastoyou 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLCs_WFg ... e=youtu.be

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Post by Mamicja » October 26th, 2014, 8:07 pm

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October 26th
After a week out of the nest Jono flew in at 18:19 to spend the night here.
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Videos by Kansastoyou 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woHRJFKR ... e=youtu.be
and Suzie O https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsQhQre ... e=youtu.be

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Post by Mamicja » October 27th, 2014, 10:34 pm

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October 27th
Jono flew to the nest at 16:28 and stayed for the night.
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Video by eaglewhisperer18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qcK0C7y ... e=youtu.be
Information from http://www.blackeagles.co.za/?page_id=43
"For approximately three months the adult birds will teach the juvenile it’s survival skills, bringing food for it to the nesting gorge. Towards the end of the three months the male eagle will initiate aggression towards the youngster especially when there is prey in the area. The juvenile will fly further and further afield, no longer returning to the nesting gorge and ultimately it will depart from the territory altogether."
So Jono does not have too much time left...

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Post by Mamicja » October 28th, 2014, 10:36 pm

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October 28th
Jono in the morning - video by sunflowerAB321 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNCYpi3w ... e=youtu.be
Red-winged starling - frequent visitor at the waterfall
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Post by Mamicja » October 29th, 2014, 9:49 pm

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October 29th
Jono flew to the nest at 18:31 for another night.
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Videos by eaglewhisperer18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RddIntt4 ... e=youtu.be and Kansastoyou 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH2P90Hv ... e=youtu.be
Ernest Porter wrote on FB
"I see that Jono still visits the nest frequently. This is interesting as juveniles usually don't go to the nest in their second month after fledging...."

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Post by Mamicja » October 31st, 2014, 11:49 pm

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October 31st
Parents on the nest - video by eaglewhisperer18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daRJkm_o ... e=youtu.be
No Jono today.

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Post by Mamicja » November 1st, 2014, 9:44 pm

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November 1st
Emoyeni and Thulane flew to the palm tree for the night at 18:31 and at the same time Jono flew in the nest with a full crop.
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Jono tucked in the nook for the night.
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Videos by Kansastoyou 1
Parents and Jono http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG9WIhBB ... e=youtu.be
Saturday in the gardens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1BvQJjb ... e=youtu.be

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