Posted by: rlukei | January 19, 2010

Azalea Stays at Alligator River NWR Jan 12-18

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Azalea has not wandered far since our last satellite map on Jan 12th. She is still in the northern part of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge near South Lake and Route 64. On Jan 14 in the afternoon she explored to the southeast of Rt 64, then returned to South Lake. On the morning of Jan 15 she flew over East Lake which is north of where she has been staying. There was a long period of cloudy weather and the satellite transmitter did not send signals for most of Jan 12 and 13, so we do not know about her movements during that time. One very consistent aspect of her behavior is that she is spending every night in the same general location. In the words of the Alligator River NWR Visitor Services Manager, Bonnie Strawser, “If the eagles are roosting at the location posted, they certainly know what they are doing… There’s no “people” access at all anywhere near the site – the entire peninsula is totally isolated – so good for them!!”

A few times during this map period Azalea flew across Rt 64 to the farm fields south of the highway. That is where Azalea was as of 5pm Jan 18. I suspect she returned to “the Roost” to spend the night. We’ll find out on the next satellite map update on Jan 21.

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“If the eagles are roosting at the location posted, they certainly know what they are doing… There’s no “people” access at all anywhere near the site – the entire peninsula is totally isolated – so good for them!!”

Hopefully, at this stage , people are less a threat to Azalea and her environment….but I agree! good on her :-)

It is a good thing for her and it looks like she’ll have plenty of food available. This is so much fun to be able to keep track of her.

Reese, the parents at NBG, when they are not mating and at the nest, are they together all the time after the eaglets fledge or do they “just know” when to get together to mate every year??

Patti – The NBG adults seem to spend the majority of their time together. There was a two week period in August 2009 when only the male was observed at NBG, but for the balance of the year, both adults are seen together nearly every day.

Thanks Reese, “ain’t life grand?” That is really interesting!! They truly stick together always. Nature is beautiful that way!! I love this stuff!!!

My first posting! I am not getting the feed from the cam. Got it all last year and most of the day on Saturday. Now only a black screen. I’ve done all that WVEC says to do. Anyone else having this problem? I know the camera went down but it appears from discussion that it is back up. I am on a MAC but computer literate. Is there anything I can do or someone I can contact for help. I would hate to miss out on this years eagles.

Thanks to all for the interesting comments.

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