SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


In a country where the vast majority of people live near the coast, it’s comforting to know that many can share that environment with one of our biggest and most majestic birds of prey, the White-bellied Sea-Eagle.

 The nest has been used by a succession of Sea-Eagles over the years and by this pair since 2008. So in 2009, before the breeding season began, volunteers from the Birds Australia Discovery Centre and Sydney Olympic Park: Geoff Hutchinson, Jon Irvine and Judy Harrington, set about planning the installation of a camera high over the eagles’ nest tree. This was to provide some of the first insights into the behaviour of a bird that is quite commonly sighted all around Australia’s coastline. The sea-eagles’ regular flight path is over The Waterfront and Mariners Cove to go fishing in Homebush Bay.

It had been noticed that the eaglets had been struggling in the nest and unsure to what extent of care they were requiring, a rescue was put into place by the fine staff at the center. (see video) S3 and S4 had became caught in a fishing line at some stage on Saturday the 13th of October.
By Sunday, a fishing hook had become embedded in S3's gullet and both eaglets were stuck together. The carbon fibre line was wrapped around both eaglets legs and wings many times over.

UPDATE - S3 was the first rescued and was taken to the vet. Surgery was required to remove the hook from the back of the throat and the chick received stitches and antibiotics. S4 return to nest that same afternoon.

Both chicks had blood taken and gender will be determined. S3 was placed back to the nest the next day and both chicks appear to be doing well, much to the relief the viewers and the parents of the chicks.

You can view the eaglets live by clicking on the link HERE

Huge thanks to General Forest Tree Surgeon (cherry picker) Rob from NP&W, Jen from SOPA ecology section, Jon, Geoff, Judy, Adrian & Graham (BL) & Dr Stacey Gelis, from The Animal Referral Hospital.

 **Last but not least, special thanks for the continued support of all of their viewers, chatters and moderators.