All new feathers coming through are abnormal and often break easily resulting in haemorrhage.It was no longer in the birds best interests to keep him alive in the faint hope he may recover.” A necropsy has been performed and extensive testing will be undertaken to learn more about beak and feather and its associated pathology.Incubation continues, and it is wet and cold today. A sudden gust of wind tossed the female right over the other day, though she resettled, if somewhat ruffled and even embarrassed. It seems that this female has again shown a tactic of delayed incubation and it will be very interesting to see the difference in timing for hatch. We first glimpsed the egg at around pm and assume she laid it shortly before. We supervised several hours of maintenance work on the cameras and their mountings, including cleaning the lens and adjusting the sound.
Cameras have been turned off for October and November, as there will be a Controlled Burn in part of the Nature Reserve forest, home of our nest - if conditions are favourable.
The adults continue to be seen on their favourite river roost.
Less than two weeks to go to expected hatch date(s). At night, the female gets up for a stretch and to turn the eggs every 40-60 minutes.
The male has been roosting close by; ether behind the nest, above the nest or on a nearby tree. The ensuing "midnight duets" can probably be heard for miles around! The male brought a very large fish in during the day. Last evening, in the rain and wind, our new female laid an egg.
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For the latest observations, click on ' Eagle Diary' below. We see the male and female swap incubating duty an average of 10 times during daylight hours.
While we shall continue to keep watch for possible sightings, given the amount of time now passed, her return is unlikely.
From observations in the past, there are lone adults or juveniles, searching for a mate or territory.
A couple of different eagles have been observed on the river roost and in the forest area.