Roodekrans Black eagle project
According to Gerald Draper, chairperson of this project, urbanisation has had a major influence on the survival of these eagles. Their diet consists mainly of rock rabbits (dassies), but as a result of declining dassie populations, they now mainly feast on guinea fowls. Because of housing developments in the area the eagles’ range for finding food has shrunk to such an extent that they have to fly vast distances to find food. Emoyeni, the female of the pair of eagles living on the cliffs of the waterfall at the Walter Sizulu Botanical Gardens, is already about 35 years of age, while research references estimate their average age at 30 years. In February each year, the eagles start tidying up their nests, and eggs are laid in April or May. Only two chicks hatch, of which only the strongest survives. The survival rate is only about 20% (Wes-Beeld, 13 March 2015).
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