Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Teach yourself Afrikaans

It would be so useful to be able to speak Afrikaans... I thought because I hear it all the time I would just 'pick up' the language. But after a year in Afrikaans speaking areas my vocab is still limited to mรดre, lekker, arend, totsiens.... 
"Teach yourself Afrikaans" has just arrived in the post - Time to start learning!! Groete! :)
 

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Another incubator

One of the nest sites which I found I have spent 6 hours watching for the eagles and not seen any. So on the previous post it is one of the 3 nests with no eagles seen in the area. A nest cliff can have more than one nest structure (the most I have seen is five), each year the pair will build up one or two of their nests and then choose one of them to breed in. This cliff has four nests, although one of them is falling down.



This picture shows two of their closest nests. I have just heard from Lucia Rodrigues that she visited these nests and saw a Black eagle incubating on the lower nest. This is the furthest nest from my base which I know of in the Cederberg, luckily Cape Nature at Matjiesrivier will be monitoring their breeding progress this season -- Good news all round!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Incubation

The breeding season is now well underway, of 19 nests in Cederberg :
4 pairs are incubating eggs
5 nests have a pair of eagles present which have been seen building the nest or mating
5 nests normally have a pair of eagles present but they have not been seen on the nest
3 nests I have not seen eagles in the area
2 nests I haven't been able to revisit yet

In the Sandveld I have visited 9 nests of which 1 pair was incubating, this area is due another visit.

Incubation takes 44-45 days. According to my nest visits the first chick will hatch between 5th-10th July....