MY TURN!!

As some of you already know, I have been documenting the feeding behaviour of eagles on a dead Sea Lion out on Chestermans beach (Frank island). The Sea Lion is a young female Stellar Sea Lion and she was pregnant.

To help them to get at the meat I cut the carcass open. Later when I swapped the card I saw the remains of a unborn pup inside her. I could see whiskers and wondered what it was? I looked closer and realized it was the nose of the pup. Poor thing never had a chance.  I still do not know why this Lion died? I just hope it was from natural causes.

I set up a trail camera station. It took me a lot of work and about three days of figuring it out,but I think I have it now.

In this video an adult eagle has been feeding too long…..according to another eagle and It was persuaded to MOVE!

After the attack you can hear the attacker scolding the other eagle and than hop over for a bite.

32 thoughts on “MY TURN!!

  1. It does look like you are getting the hang of using your trail camera. I was amazed also at the footage of the other eagle coming in! So quick. Is the trail camera on a tripod? Do you visit every day? Thanks Wayne!

    1. No,the trail camera is attached to a wooden structure I built. I placed it inside a housing to protect it from the rain and yes I have to go each day as the card is a 32 Gig card and fills up in 6 hours.
      Glad you enjoyed it Dave!

  2. This is amazing to watch Wayne – it is not like pickin’s were slim, so could they not cozy up next to one another to feast? Or are they enemies when it comes to food unless they are mates? Who returned I wonder – eagle #1 or eagle #2, the interloper?

    1. Because I do not know the relationships I can only guess?
      The eagle attacked was pilfering the carcass in the attacking eagles territory?
      The eagle that returned was the one that attacked.

      1. OK, I wondered – interesting. I thought it might be territorial or maybe it did not like the other eagle sneaking up on it. And it could have been a rank/pecking order reason too.

      2. I see that with the geese, especially around nesting time. I was at Heritage Park on Saturday. A set of parents with two goslings were grazing and then the family walked into the water and another goose paddled into their space. I have some pictures of the gander going ballistic at the other goose.

        Have you seen two geese in the water at a distance go at each other? It is interesting to watch. First they hiss and lower their necks almost resting their chin on the surface of the water but they are quite far apart. Then they skim over the water toward one another – they never crash, one will back off and go the other way. It’s interesting to watch their behavior on the water or land. I saw a skirmish on land last Summer, again with the goslings. Another goose came too close to the goslings and the gander flew up at him. I witnessed it. Two minutes later they were fine and grazing next to one another – point taken I guess!

  3. I hope it was natural causes also Wayne, the video is so nice and clear. Love the work you do with showing us all these videos and photos. Thank you Wayne.

    1. what I found sad was the dead pup still inside its mother. Some youth came during the night to check out the dead Lion. My camera recorded everything,they didn’t know. They used their I-Phone to light up the carcass. The young woman inspected the carcass and froze (I knew why instantly) she said “baby” (this unit can record sound) and began to cry.
      I found it touching as today is Mothers Day.

    1. they have personalities just like you or I Noelle. Usually they will share but this female (for whatever reason?) did not like this male?
      It probably was Frieda as she and Frank own this territory?

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