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Eagle Season Information

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:38 pm
by Tamtam
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.

Re: Eagle Season Information

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:37 pm
by Tamtam
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

Re: Eagle Season Information

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:50 am
by Tamtam
Attention Climbers and Bolters at Bronkies.

2019 Eagle season is upon us! The Eagles have started to refurbish both of their nests on the Bronkies Crag. Until the end of March, climbing may continue. However, bolting of new lines and the felling of alien invasive trees need to be postponed until the end of the season, sorry for that!

Please keep us posted with any info and we hope to keep you informed as well.

Many thanks in advance for your co-operation.

Tam Scheidegger

Re: Eagle Season Information

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:07 am
by MichelleH
Thanks for this Tam. I haven't been to Bronkies for a long time, keen to go with some first timers on Saturday, planning to climb on the side closer to the farm house where the lower grades are. Is that possible and are the access guidelines still the same I.e. No need to book ahead, fee per climber/car?

Thanks for your help, Chosspile is our second option...

Re: Eagle Season Information

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:30 am
by Tamtam
Eagle update for April 2019:

Chosspile: No nesting activity is evident on the nest. Climbing is permitted to continue for now. However, ensure that you adhere to thoughtful behaviour. No loud music, shouting, dogs nor large groups. Please send information on any activity to us.

Bronkies: Climbing closed for the season around last year's nest: btw "Joint Venture" and "Blue Boots".

Wilgepoort: Climbing closed for the season around the demarcated nest site.

Many Thanks
Tam

Re: Eagle Season Information

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:01 pm
by emile
Tamtam wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:30 am
Wilgepoort: Climbing closed for the season around the demarcated nest site.
Hi

I don't recall sign posts, if I remember correctly the pillar & the main face are off limits - is that correct? Not seeing clear info on the Wiki either.

Re: Eagle Season Information

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:20 pm
by mdemaillard
There was a very good sign at the gate last time i went (last year ?) with picture of the cliff & clear delimitation, + an open/restricted flap maintained in position with a padlock. Awesome stuff.
The restricted area on the main face is between Mcfats LGP and Bottleneck Bulge as far as i know.
Cheers !

Re: Eagle Season Information

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:00 pm
by emile
Ah, now that you mention it the sign at the gate rings a bell...

Muchos gracias!