Black Eagle Launch
Black Eagle Launch
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The Black Eagle Has Landed
Africam in partnership with the Black Eagle Project Roodekrans, are proud to announce the launch of the new Black Eagle live streaming webcam at www.africam.com. The brainchild of Project Coordinator, Libby Woodcock and her team at Black Eagle Project, they are dedicated to the conservation of these threatened raptors and will use the live streaming webcam to view the hatching of the chicks in real time. The first egg is expected to hatch around the 22nd of May. The second should follow four to five days later. The project will also monitor and obtain vital research on their breeding cycle, which in conjunction with Wits Zoology Department, will help to conserve the Eagles within their habitat and educate viewers worldwide.
When the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in South Africa was established in 1982, Black Eagles (Aquila verreauxii) were already nesting on the cliffs adjacent to the imposing Witpoortjie Falls. Initial sightings of these magnificent raptors date back to the early 1940’s and the present day female eagle could well be the third or fourth generation since that era. With a wingspan of over 2.3m and weighing up to 4.8kg, they are one of Africa’s largest and most spectacular Eagles and true masters of the sky.
It remains quite incredible how the Roodekrans pair have tolerated the rapid rate of urbanization and development within their immediate hunting territory. The influx of visitors to the Garden, noise, lack of prey and competing against the elements has surely challenged their existence making their struggle to survive in this idyllic Botanical Garden such an interesting conservation story.
To view the new black eagle camera simply make your way to www.africam.com and click on the circular green button titled "Black Eagle".
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