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June 2, 2009

White-bellied Sea-eagle 090602

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — admin @ 5:20 am

White-Bellied Sea-eagle(Haliaeetus leucogaster)

This morning I went to the Stockton Channel looking for the Osprey and the Brahminy Kite, but I saw neither. There were four Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike right next to the fertiliser factory over at Kooragang Island but not much else. I walked around the Stockton Sandspit and seen some Superb Fairy-wrens and a few water birds. I then walked to the headland that sticks out into the Stockton Channel on the other side of the bridge. That was when I saw the White-bellied Sea-eagle sitting on this pole out in the middle of the channel.

White-bellied Sea-eagle

After a while he flew off and then came back and flew past me to the north.

White-bellied Sea-eagle

After a little while, another sea-eagle flew over towards the pole and landed on it.

White-bellied Sea-eagle

And here he is settling down to have a rest – or a roost as they say in Scotland. ha ha.

White-bellied Sea-eagle

The White-bellied Sea-eagle is the second largest raptor in Australia behind the Wedge-tailed Eagle. They can be similar in body weight to the Wedgy, but their wingspan is generally not as wide. Juvenile Sea eagles have a brownish plumage, growing a snowy white head and belly when they mature in their 3rd or 4th year. They are commonly found in coastal areas of Australia and can be found in inland waters. They have been sighted in the Macquarie Marshes, which are in the far west of New South Wales, near Warren. White-bellied Sea-eagles can be also found in India and China, and south Asia. Birds mate for life and have a stable territory. They build their nests in tall trees or on remote coastal cliffs.

The White-bellied Sea-eagle is of the Order: Falconiformes and Family: Accipitridae. They belong to the same genus(Haliaeetus) as the American Bald Eagle.

Bird Species List, Stockton Channel, 2/6/09

Australian Pelican
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Superb Fairy-wren
Masked Lapwing
Bar-tailed Godwit
Black-winged Stilt
Australian White Ibis
Sacred Kingfisher
White-bellied Sea-eagle

Sources: amonline.net.au, dse.vic.gov.au, raptor.org.au

2 Comments »

  1. What a great find today, Steve. I wonder if this isa regular perch for hunting. Definitely worth keeping an eye on.

    Comment by lucky - BOz — June 2, 2009 @ 9:46 am

  2. Yeah, its on the southern side of the bridge, that headland that goes out into the channel..

    straight out from that. I might check it out again today.

    cheers,
    steve

    Comment by admin — June 2, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

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