The Little Eagle has landed

The eagle has landed! Get a fascinating look at Canberra’s Little Eagle with live streaming from its nesting site in West Belconnen.

Live nest-cam

It is hoped the cameras set up at the site will provide information on the diet of the Little Eagle, which is a threatened species in the ACT and NSW.

Funding from the Ginninderry development joint venture has enabled one of the cameras to have live streaming online, meaning anybody can have a look at one of the ACT’s most vulnerable species. Early indications are that, during the current nest repairing stage, the little eagles are most likely to be visiting the nest between 8am and 10am.

Little eagle footage

This new technology can aid the collection of ecological knowledge and enable the community to be engaged as witnesses to the research. Little Eagles are a cautious bird and can abandon a nest site if disturbed, particularly at this early stage before a chick is present, so this technology provides a disturbance-free form of public access.

Little Eagle tracking

In addition to nest cameras the researchers are utilising leg banding and satellite trackers attached to birds. The research is seeking information on Little Eagle ecology, including diet, nesting behaviour and breeding and non-breeding habitat ranges, which is required for better understanding and conservation of this species.

In 2015 a tracker was attached to a male bird who was previously part of a pair that in 2016-2017 and raised a fledgling on the nest that can now be viewed through the live streaming. In March 2017, after the fledgling had left the nest area, the male flew over 3,300 kilometres to spend winter in the Northern Territory, just north of Daly Waters. This bird returned to Ginninderry on 13 August 2017. However, it would appear that another male has been engaged in this year’s nest repair and mating.

A report on the male Little Eagle’s movements in 2015 -2016 is available on the Ginninderry website, and a report on the more recent activities is currently being prepared.

As the researchers are trying to establish the size of the ACT’s little eagle population and where nesting sites occur, the public is also encouraged to report any little eagle sightings via Canberra Nature Map, Ebird, or the Canberra Ornithologists Group’s bird chatline.