WATCH: Makatsa and Thulane begin Ithemba’s preparations for life after the nest

Makatsa brings a scrub hare back to the nest after a successful hunting trip. Photo: Ernest Porter.

The annual training of the juvenile eagle as preparation for life after the nest has begun a little early this year, with Makatsa and Thulane getting Ithemba ready.

Just shy of two months after Ithemba fledged the nest in September, its preparation for leaving the nest in late December has come a little earlier than usual, according to the Black Eagle Project Roodekrans’ Johann van den Berg. “Training normally begins in mid-to-late November, so it began way too early this year,” he said.

Ithemba has been flying around the Gardens a lot lately. Photo: Shane Wilken.

Training of the juvenile eagle usually involves a mock ‘attack’ on the juvenile, to prepare it for the dangers it could come across once it leaves the nest, and ultimately the breeding grounds around the nest, in late December. While the beginning of training this early is usually a concerning sign for those who keep an eye on the eagles, Johann was able to confirm that no aggression was evident afterwards.

“I went to check on the eagles the day after the training, and everything was back to normal with them,” he said. “There were no signs of aggression from any of them, which is great to see.”

Johann also confirmed that Ithemba’s development thus far, has gone according to plan, and everything is looking great with the eagles. Ithemba is expected to finally leave the nest in late December, before slowly being driven out of the breeding grounds by Makatsa and Thulane.

You can have a look at some of the training Ithemba underwent here:

Ithemba's training has commenced !!!!!

Makatsa and Thulane initiated Ithembas training. Watch in full screen to see the youngster's mad skills !!!YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HELP PROTECT THE EAGLES! Please click on this link and donate to our cause: https://www.thundafund.com/project/eagles

Posted by Black Eagle Project Roodekrans on Saturday, 3 November 2018

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