Little Bit 17 and Sea Eagle update

15 August 2022

I cannot thank the boots on the ground near the St Joseph River for keeping us informed about Little Bit 17. Without his tale tale tonsure, we might never know that it is him. I know that many of you are not members of FB so I took a couple of screen captures but, if you are members go over to Notre Dame Eagles and see the latest posting by Doreen Taylor. There are some great videos of 17 soaring as well as one of the parents.

The St Joseph River where Little Bit is perching and soaring.
One of the adults flying over the nest tree. Note the white head.
A capture from the video of Little Bit 17 perched preening.

Just seeing him out in the wild living his life – thank you Humane Wildlife Indiana. Tears.

There has been some discussion about whether or not a chick – not sure which one – had fledged or not. Our ‘osprey eyed reader ‘H’ kept questioning this. Today after watching one osplet on that nest move around all day and not fly, it has been confirmed that only 2 of the osplets from Boat House have fledged! Thank you ‘H’.

And there the osplet is…stuffed with fish, flying no where soon. With the camera off for 2-3 weeks it was really difficult to even identify which osplet was which – not sure it has been done yet!

Keep your most positive thoughts for Dad at the Port Lincoln Osprey barge. Mum and Dad are into hard incubation of the three eggs. Let us hope that he does not have another ‘spell’.

Beautiful Mum.
Dad comes to give Mum a break.

Last. SE30 is doing great. He is flapping his wings and crawling out of the egg cup. Don’t tell 29 but 30 is figuring out how to get up to Lady and get the first of the fish!!!!!!!!

Sea eagles have wide and long wings. The pin feathers coming in so nicely on the part of the wing closest to the body in image 1 are the secondaries. They have 15 secondary feathers and 10 primaries – the ten closest to the wing tip. You can get a glimpse of those coming in.

As you can see SE29 is moving around the nest keeping balance using those wings! You can feathers appearing slightly on the shoulders (as black dots) and back of 29 in subsequent images. They will start to flap those wings more.

We are getting ready for the biggest plumage and development changes during the next two weeks. They will go from mostly being a fluffy chick to looking more and more like an eaglet. They will stand on their two feet and begin to make efforts to self-feed. So lots of exciting things to come!

‘B’ sent me a note after the images of Lancer appeared in yesterday’s blog. He reminded me that Dr Sharpe had saved so many eaglets this past season including Lancer who clung to the side of the cliff. Yes, Lancer also had a second chance at life! Thanks Dr Sharpe.

Thank you for being with me. I knew you would want to hear about Little Bit. Take care everyone. See you soon!

Thank you to the following for their FB posts and streaming cams where I took my screen captures: Doreen Taylor and the Notre Dame Eagles FB, Audubon Explore and ‘H’, Port Lincoln Osprey, and Sea Eagles @Birdlife Australia Discovery Centre Sydney Olympic Park.

2 Comments

  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you Mary Ann for these latest updates. So glad boathouse osplets are all doing well and at the fledging stage already. The little sea eaglets are so fun and cute at this stage. So glad to know about the additional videos of ND 17 on their d feed ace book page. Thanks for the one you posted as well with the updates too.
    Have a great evening and take care:)
    Linda

    1. Oh, thank you, Linda! Yes, it is good to see SE30 doing well…and tears when I see Little Bit 17. Have a great evening, too…thanks always for your comments.

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