Eagle Season Information

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Tamtam
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Eagle Season Information

Post by Tamtam » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:38 pm

Eagle Season Info

The Eagle breeding season is coming to an end and it has been successful. Thanks go to many climbers who gave the conservation team information timeously. Here is some info about the 4 nesting sites which we (climbers) share with the Eagles.

The Chosspile Eagles probably used the Lord of Rings nest as a “frustration” nest. The experts explain that the pair will often build and sit on two nests at the beginning of the season. She will decide which will be the one on which to raise her chick; the other that is abandoned is called a “frustration” nest. Information from climbers and the monitoring group allowed us to re-open the crag early, before normal seasonal opening time. Sightings of the Eagles in the area point to a nest South-East of the ridge.

The big Bronkies boy, named Shadow, was raised on a precarious ledge in the middle of the climbing crag, and not on the previous nest platform. This has enabled us to allow climbing in the “Eagle Sector” this winter. Shadow is about to fledge and climbing will be re-opened around his nest a month after his first flights, around the end of October. Posts will go out on the Jhb and Magalies MCSA e-news and SACIN. The designated off-limits area is dependant on where the Eagles decide to nest. At present monitoring is done from across the valley, and is not very clear. Next year, we hope to install a camera closer to the new nest to help us clarify this information. In addition, the monitoring group will gain information on: the type and number of prey brought to the nest and the nesting to hatching to fledging time periods.

Wilgepoort’s chick is at the same stage (about to fledge), and as not many people frequent this crag they have been left in peace. The Tonquani pair seem to be harassed by a troop of aggressive baboon quite often. Not much is known about this pair; hopefully a research group will also monitor them next season.

In order for good decisions to be made about the closure and re-opening of crags; the conservation team really relies on those climbers who frequent the crags often. Please continue to inform the MSCA and heed the guidelines for eagle season. It’s been great, I am looking forward to next season.

Tamtam
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Re: Eagle Season Information

Post by Tamtam » Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:37 pm

Dear Climbers

The Bronkies chick fledged recently and a month's grace should be given to mum and/or chick if they wish to return to the nest as a safe spot. Please be patient and use the other great crags as alternatives just for the next 2 weeks. (Chosspile has been open since August!!). Bronkies will be fully open at the end on November. Again, many thanks to those who have given info and helped keep these beautiful birds flying.

Cheers
Tam

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