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General => Wild Dog Pictures => Topic started by: White Stripes on October 19, 2008, 10:30:37 pm

Title: Black Eagles
Post by: White Stripes on October 19, 2008, 10:30:37 pm
Last year it rained almost as much as with the great deluge. As a result the cliffs and surroundings let our Black Eagles down and the nest ended up at the bottom of the cliff.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/black_eagle_nest-2-1.jpg)

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/blackeagle_father_small-1.jpg)

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/langebaan1a.jpg)

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/langebaan1b.jpg)

To out dismay, we lost the nest and eggs. We thought that it would be the last of our lovely birds' breeding in the quarry. To our surprise and delight, they started building at the very spot they used last year. They did not let us down and soon they produced the prospects for the new season.

 (http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/blackeagle_w_eggs2_small.jpg)

We held thumbs and hoped for a secure nest and hopefully an addition to the family.

Sure enough

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/DSCF1691.jpg)

At first the baby, after getting rid of the weaker one, acted dead every time we visited.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/DSCF1689-1.jpg)

Later on it was more brave. We christened it and named it Schalk, after the WP, Stormer and SA super flank.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/baby_eagle_younger.jpg)

Note the dassie carcass.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/baby_eagle_far.jpg)

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/Schalkie1.jpg)

It ate like a raven, sorry, eagle and grew bigger by the day.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/Schalkie3.jpg)

Looking life in the eye.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/Schalkie5.jpg)

Soon he was ready to take to the skies and we couldn't wait.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/Schalkiegroot2.jpg)

One glorious morning we came there and no Schalkie. At first we panicked and stormed down the cliff. To our delight this waited for us some way down the cliff.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/Schalkievlieg1.jpg)

He took to the skies!

The next day he was back in the nest, waiting for food.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/Schalkievlief3.jpg)

From a distance the proud parents kept a watchful eye.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w109/gerhard_album/_MG_7410.jpg)
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: Colyn on October 19, 2008, 10:35:17 pm
Great series ... thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: Fugly on October 19, 2008, 10:36:42 pm
BEAUTIFULL! Nothing more to say!
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: Iron Shark on October 19, 2008, 10:39:28 pm
Excellent mate!
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: lonerider on October 19, 2008, 10:43:08 pm
Awesome pictures and story! You're well spoilt to have such wildlife in your "backyard"... Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: JonW on October 19, 2008, 11:04:15 pm
What fantastic pics and story.

Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: Mark Hardy on October 19, 2008, 11:07:18 pm
What a heart warming story, Thanks so much for posting.

 :thumleft: :thumleft:

Congrats to the proud parents.
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: BOZO on October 20, 2008, 08:35:48 am
that is very nice. this might sound a bit odd. but how long was the process. from egg to flight?
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: Malibu on October 20, 2008, 08:39:58 am
That is fantastic... how awesome to be in the position to actually observe all that... and to have such magnificent birds in your vicinity!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: Pistonpete on October 20, 2008, 08:55:07 am
Well documented guys :thumleft:
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: IDR on October 20, 2008, 11:07:24 am
AWESOME!!!
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: Hentie @ Riders on October 20, 2008, 11:16:12 am
Baie nice :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: Maverick on October 20, 2008, 06:09:33 pm
Simply Awesome!!
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: luke on October 20, 2008, 06:33:20 pm
no words   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Black Eagles
Post by: White Stripes on October 20, 2008, 06:51:13 pm
that is very nice. this might sound a bit odd. but how long was the process. from egg to flight?

Don't quote me on this one, it in not a scientific fact. The pic taken of the mom and eggs was on 11 July and the one the day after the first epic flight was 17 October. More or less 3 months! Amazing if you think about it.