Verreaux Eagle Closures

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Tamtam
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Verreaux Eagle Closures

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Closure of climbing crags for Eagle nesting.

Please will all climbers remember that Verreaux Eagle breeding season is upon us. What this means is that climbing crags that we share with these Eagles are closed for climbing. This ensures that the birds have peace and quiet for the preparation of their nests, laying of eggs and hopefully we will be able to watch the first flights of a new generation of these magnificent birds.

Crags that will be closed from the first week of April to last week in September:

Chosspile: The whole of LORD OF THE RINGS Crag (negotiation to allow some climbing further left of the nest was not successful, sorry. It was deemed too close and these climbs remain a disruption to their required peace)
Bronkies: Between “Perch on this” and ‘Devils Concubine”
Wilgepoort: Between “Mcfats LGP” and “Bottleneck Bulge”
Tonquani: Either side of “Reunion Slab”
Grootkloof: Either side of “Lilliput Ridge”

Please contact Tam Scheidegger if you have any queries, photos, and other info about the Eagles that should be out there for all climbers.

Tam (MCSA JHB Conservation Convenor)
mcsa.jhb.conservation@gmail.com


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Re: Verreaux Eagle Closures

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Reminder of the Eagle Closure Times:  in previous post

A new solar panel for the trail cam was installed at the Chosspile nest, last week. This nest is probably not the preferred nest for the pair at the moment, but they will use it as a "frustration" nest, a resting nest. Their other breeding nest, is above the snake park further south. In the mean time, we get to patiently wait for their decision...which nest will it be?? The images taken by the camera will be used for research purposes.

It was so good to see the mix of hard-core sends at Lord of Rings, light climbing at Harry Potter, our scary trad mission up the scree slope above the nest and some tough weeding of Crofton in the tributary. Good to see Choss open again, even if it is only once a month.

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Re: Verreaux Eagle Closures

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Dearest Climbers

Yes, Climb Away...

This is not the kind of news that I would like to be sharing as it means that there will be no Eaglets to watch grow. Both the Bronkies and Chosspile nests are not being used for nesting purposes. Our cameras monitoring the bird's behaviour have helped the Department of Environmental affairs give us permission to open these crags to climbers. We will continue to monitor the nests until the end of the season incase their nesting behaviour changes. No bolting, but climbing is permitted at Lord of the Rings Crag and Bronkies in the Eagle section, unless another notice is given. Please also read MCSA notices for updates.

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Re: Verreaux Eagle Closures

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Must be the lack of climbers. I've heard that Black eagles are drawn to climbers, finding their presence somewhat of an umbrella of safety.
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