29 Jul 2019
People from all over the world have watched-on in anticipation as two tiny White-bellied Sea-Eagles hatched from their eggs, live streamed from their nest at Sydney Olympic Park.
EagleCAM has been trained on the eggs 24/7 for the past 40 days, with an international audience following the progress of the incubation. There were celebrations on the last weekend in July as the eggs hatched and the chicks blinked-in the sights of their new world, joining the family of White-bellied Sea-Eagles at Newington Nature Reserve.
The Sea-Eagles’ nest has been nestled high in an Ironbark in Newington Nature Reserve, and the EagleCAM live stream has provided the opportunity to get up close and personal without disturbing the birds in their natural environment.
The eggs were laid at 5.37pm on 16 June and 6.43pm on 19 June respectively, but hatched only 33 hours apart due to the parents deliberately delaying incubation to ensure the second chick hatched closer to the first, giving it a better chance of surviving.
It marks another successful breeding season for Sydney Olympic Park's resident pair of Sea-Eagles, after one juvenile successfully fledged last year.
The Sea-Eagles can be seen from the High Definition screens at Sydney Olympic Park’s Birdlife Discovery Centre at Newington Armory, which is open every weekend, with free entry between 10am and 4pm.
EagleCAM is an initiative of BirdLife Australia and Sydney Olympic Park Authority. The 24-hour live-stream has recorded more than 5.3 million views from all over the world since its inception in 2009. It provides a wealth of data on the behaviour of these magnificent birds to assist in their conservation.
Visit EagleCAM to follow the progress of the two Sea-Eagle hatchlings.
You can also keep up to date with the Sea Eagles at the EagleCam facebook page.