Great video on WBSE 27!

Have a great look. You will learn so much about the care 27 received at the Taronga Zoo and with the National Parks and Wildlife Service staff. You can also see how they treated the juvenile WBSE on its arrival and you will be able to see the area where the birds live and where 27 was released.

Celebrate! It is a great moment. May she fly high, always have food and good health.


  1. Brought tears to my eyes… thank you so much for sharing this video!

    1. You are so welcome. I was crying right there with you, Betty. Best to keep several boxes of tissues handy! Even the joyful moments cause tearing. 27 looks good. I am glad that they determined which eaglet it was. And I understand that 27 is a boy and now has a band so, hopefully, there will be some future tracking of his success.

      1. You’re so right – tears either way!
        I do hope that 28 is also nearby somewhere and that they’ll both be able to catch their own food soon – if they aren’t already. Hopefully there’ll be more photos and videos down the line. I too just want them all to succeed. (It is indeed heartbreaking and frustrating that humans have made the world more difficult – for all wildlife.)

        Oh, and thanks so much for taking a look at my poetry! I appreciate that.

      2. Your poetry is very moving and I intend to put in an order for your book at the beginning of the month. It is bittersweet not knowing what happens to these lovely creatures. I wish we could ‘see’ the parents providing prey to the fledglings at the River. I think that would go a long way towards training them to be independent. So many times they fly out and go to the salt marshes with the Curras behind them. You will have seen the juvenile Bald Eagles returning to the nest for 4-6 weeks as they get those wings stronger and build up their stamina all the while the parents providing food. A good case in point are the 2, E17 and E18 from the nest of Harriet and M15. Do you know them? I assume everyone does but often not. Legacy bolted out of her nest and was ‘lost’. She left and did not imprint the map to return to the nest. Days later, I forget precisely how many, after flying by and not finding home, she landed on that nest and Samson and Gabby fed her. She had to build up her confidence. People said she had been at the nests of the other eagles hungry. But she was lost. Thank goodness she found ‘home’. I was told by an eagle expert that if the juvenile flies out of its own accord and does not return to the nest there could be serious problems. We know that with Ospreys. They get grounded and the predators come. ——And so we worry and worry some more. And I eat far too many cookies when this happens. People can tell the state of the nests by my weight I am certain!!!!!!! Have a lovely Thanksgiving tomorrow if you celebrate. We had ours in October in Canada, the time of the fall harvest being earlier here.

      3. There does seem to be a lot of drama with each nest at one time or another. (I’ve been eating my share of cookies too lately!) The names of Harriet and M15 are familiar to me but I haven’t tuned in to that channel yet. Maybe this next season. The ones I’m waiting on for spring are Big Bear and the Redding eagles.

        Thank you for you interest in my book. I’m honored!

      4. Hi Betty, I highly recommend 2 Bald Eagle nests to you. They are very experienced parents and there are no underlying issues. The first is Samson and Gabby at NE Florida and the second is Harriet and M15 at SW Florida. I love Jackie and Shadow. One issue is the residual DDT left from spraying Big Bear Lake. It causes Jackie’s eggshells to be very thin. Could also be the underlying cause of their other difficulties. I haven’t watched Redding. Will check them out!

      5. Thanks for the recommendations, Mary Ann. I just added the SW Florida eagles to my watch list. Now to look for Samson and Gabby.
        Thanks again for all the news and other information on these beautiful birds!

      6. There are many others but these two nests are very experienced parents so you won’t stare at the screen screaming at the mother to turn her head or move closer to the chick to feed it! And the Pritchett family at SW Florida has their own pond with fish for them and if something goes wrong with the eaglets, they get help. Now that I have said all this just watch it change!!!!! I hope you are happy with those Baldies.

      7. Looking forward to watching those two nests, thank you again. I think you’d enjoy the Redding eagles for the same reasons. The mom and dad (Liberty and Guardian) are dedicated, experienced parents. Let me know if you have any trouble finding them.

      8. Thank you, Betty, for the information on the Redding Nest. It is on my list and if I have trouble finding it, I will definitely ask.

    2. Holiday babies!!!!!!!!! These two are such a good pair and such great parents. Experience really matters keeping up with those bobbling heads. Can’t wait.

  2. Linda Kontol says:

    Oh thank you so very much for this video Mary Ann! I’m so happy for 27! He looks so good. Such a beauty he is too! I love to get to see their area and know how it looks there!
    Wishing him and 28
    A great life also! May many Blessings go with them!

  3. Akane says:

    Thanks for the link!
    I’ve been watching since the snowball days, so I’m really happy. But I’m worried because the fue glass was flying behind me early.
    I pray that it will live safely.

    1. Akane says:

      I’m sorry, it’s not “flycatcher”, it’s Strepera graculina.
      Hue-glass is a Japanese term.

    2. Akane says:

      I’m sorry, it’s Strepera graculina, not fue glass. I’m really sorry many times because my English is poor 🙏

    3. Oh, Akane, you send all your prayers and good wishes to those siblings, 27 and 28. Those little birds are worrisome. I wish the juveniles would know to ignore them but they come in so many numbers. And you are so welcome for the link. I hope you are well — Akane, my Japanese is limited!! Please do not worry. I am just glad to hear from you. And so happy that you enjoy the birds.

      1. Akane says:

        I am currently studying English. I am always worried if my poor English is getting my comments across.
        The birds are sometimes cruel and hard to look at directly, but the drama is really moving. I am really looking forward to receiving your daily newsletter.
        Thank you very much for your kind words!

      2. Your English is very, very good. I always completely understand what you are saying. It is very difficult to watch the birds when they are being cruel to one another. We see it at our feeders all the time despite there being lots of food. I wonder what causes them to be mean? (the same for people). Your day is beginning and ours is ending. I am so glad you enjoy the newsletters. I am looking for some new nests for us until the first little eaglets hatch. That is always exciting. Have a lovely day, Akane.

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