Late Monday news in Bird World

3 October 2022

Hello Everyone,

It is going to begin to be a rainy week across Australian raptor nests and this is going to impact the birds and their feeding as well as their flying!

There is welcome beginning to come out of Captiva. Lori Covert’s house (Captiva Ospreys and Eagles) survived but the brand new camera and pole with perch did not. Connie and Clive have been seen and are rebuilding their nest and, if they are safe, then I am going to presume that Lena most likely is too. She just has no nest!

In the Mailbox:

‘P’ would like to know when Peregrine Falcon eyases can see?

Peregrine Falcon eyases are normally born with their eyes closed. The eyas at Orange has its eyes open as do the ones at Collins Street but they will not be able to completely ‘focus’ until they are about a week old.

This will be a really short update. The weather at Port Lincoln is horrible. As predicted, Dad brought in a very large fish but the rain was coming down so hard that Mum did not risk feeding the osplets. She is really having to spread herself out. Oh, I see Mum shaking off the rain at 0909. Poor thing. This lot are going to be in a right grumpy mood once they get some more fish even if they went to bed with huge crops. Poor Mum is hungry, too.

The forecast shows that it is supposed to continue raining all day at Port Lincoln. Fingers crossed that Mum will find an opening so she can feed the kids – and herself. These Osprey mothers – all raptor mothers – work so hard in bad weather to protect the chicks.

The little one at Orange has been well fed this morning. Xavier brought the prey and then went and ‘talked to his baby’ before departing. Diamond was really enjoying whatever it was that Xavier brought. Yesterday someone said that he brought in a Honeyeater and she was particularly delighted.

The four at Collins Street are doing marvelous. The wee one had some bites this morning and all seem to be thriving with a pair of parents that are trying their best.

Both 29 and 30 slept on the nest last night.

SE29 took off on a flight about 0748. I wonder if SE30 will follow today?? 30 is really flapping those wings. It would not surprise me.

In migration news, our little Black Stork Mum, Kaia, is now on the edge of the Mediterranean! Bonus is in Romania and Karl II is still feeding at the Danube River in Ukraine. How amazing. Little Kaia has flown so much!

Thank you for joining for me for this quick check in with our Australian raptor families. Wish for Mum to be able to feed some fish to the osplets and for continued safe flying for the Sea Eagles! Take care everyone. See you soon.

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams where I took my screen captures: Port Lincoln Ospreys, Sea Eagles@Birdlife Australia Discovery Centre Sydney Olympic Park, Charles Sturt Falcon Cam, and 367 Collins Street by Mirvac.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you Mary Ann! Hopefully the rain will ease up and Mom can feed the fish Dad brought in fur them at port Lincoln 🙏💕💕💕❤️❤️
    The little one at Diamond and Xavier’s nest is so cute with its little beak open and ready to eat 💕
    Best wishes to the beautiful sea eaglets and hope they both fly together with the parents and learn how to fish and hunt.
    Thanks for the great pictures and have a good evening Mary Ann!

    1. You are very welcome, Linda. Except for Port Lincoln all the nests seem to be doing fantastic. The little male in Melbourne is stepping up to the plate in grand style. They will have rain tomorrow. I hope the eyases stay warm and dry.

      1. Mail! says:

        Me tooMary Ann. Thanks and praying for Port Lincoln🙏Have a good night 😴 Hugs 🤗 Linda

        Sent from AT&T Yahoo Mail for iPhone

  2. Jill says:

    S29 flew back to the nest and at TS 11:35 started playing with 30. You can see that 30 is a bit put out, but 29 doesn’t stop playing.  Thank goodness 30 was able to survive the terrible 2’s (weeks) of 29s insanity and they have become so close!

    1. Yes. 30 looks so lonely on that big nest right now. I was hoping that s/he would fly out with 29 on an adventure today! Fingers crossed 30 gets some fish, too. And maybe 29 will return to spend the night. We wait with hope that they both do so well and do not get intimidated by the Currawongs.

  3. Alison says:

    So glad to hear the good news about Kaia, Karl 2 and Bonus. No news of Waba presumably but we can hope for the best – Waba was in a good location last time we heard.
    What a huge relief it has been to watch the pair at Collins Street form a bond and parent these lovely eyases. Both are obviously new at the experience but are learning fast and so far are doing a really good job. This little ‘blended family’ is a joy to watch – like all the males, it seems, stepdad is tremendously keen to have his chick time. And his magnificent plummeting GCW (‘Goodbye Cruel World’) dives off the ledge are breathtaking.

    1. I am going to go back in and search to see where Waba was the last transmission. It seems that the other three are fine plus Udu from 2021 who is in Italy. It sounds like you, as I, have warmed up to the new male at Collins Street. He is really trying to do a good job and help. So happy for Mum. I was quite worried as to how this would turn out! Looks like those fears can certainly be set aside.

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