It’s a Hatch in Melbourne

29 September 2022

Around 0316, Mum pulled a half egg shell from underneath her to the ledge. At that point, everyone knew that all the wiggling and fluffing earlier had signalled a hatch was in progress.

She completely ate it replacing some of the calcium from her body that had made that eggshell.

There is the fluffy little eyas on the left of two large eggs.

We wait for the others to hatch. It will be very interesting, also, to see how prey delivery and feeding plays out. Fingers crossed for these first time parents to have this worked out through millions of years of DNA and hardwiring.

In other news, nest 2 – the old nest of Harriet and M15 – has survived on the Pritchett Property. That said, we know that Eagles can rebuild nests quickly. We wait for all of our beloved birds — and it could be some time – since Captiva/Sanibel and Fort Myers have had devastating damage to communications, etc. The cameras are down at SWFlorida and, of course, we have no idea what has happened at Captiva. Thoughts remain with everyone impacted. I understand the storm is on the east coast of Florida, the Atlantic side, and was moving up from Daytona Beach.

Take care. Thanks for checking in. I am off to see some geese land at dusk today! It is 21 degrees C. – a perfect day! See you soon.

Thank you to 367 Collins Street by Mirvac for my screen captures from their streaming cam.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you for the updates Mary Ann!
    Congratulations to Melbourne and prayers for them to all hatch and have a good season and fledge ❤️🙏 we pray for all the hurricane birds to return safely ❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏
    Enjoy the geese landing this evening. It sounds exciting! Thanks again for the photos and take care! I hope you can get some photos of them too !

    1. There are 2 of them. So sweet. It was so hard to see the 2nd one hatch. Perhaps the 3rd will come. She came in with a prepared pigeon and tried to feed but well, it is going to be a learning curve at Melbourne. We are all used to ‘seasoned’ mothers.

      1. Linda Kontol says:

        Congratulations to them. Any sightings of old dad or new young mate? Thanks for this update Mary Ann! Did you get to watch the geese?

      2. Yes, new male is around. Old male has not been seen since the end of August, I believe.

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