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
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