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White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Haliaeetus leucogaster


This bird flew over our house today (Sunshine Coast, Queensland) - it was very high, so I can't really say how big it is.

1 species ID suggestions

Juvenile White breasted Sea Eagle
Haliaeetus leucogaster White-bellied Sea Eagle


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Great photo Shanna... he's certainly not leucogaster yet... maybe in a year or two.

ShannaB 6 years ago

Thank you! : )

I should have known because I used to see lots of Sea Eagles in Asia and when I saw the tail I thought Eagle straight away but it appeared to be too dark.
Shanna, you have some excellent pictures, keep up the good work.

AliceGreenup 6 years ago

They do look very similar malcom. It was a good suggestion

ShannaB 6 years ago

No worries at all Malcolm, I appreciate any help I can get - I wasn't even sure where to start!

I was looking at the dark shoulders which the Osprey always has and they looked too dark for the eagle on this picture. Was concerned that the tail did not look right for an osprey though. I will remove my suggestion and go with yours. Apologies for the confusion.

AliceGreenup 6 years ago

No worries :)

ShannaB 6 years ago

Alice - I think you're right. Thank you both for your input!

AliceGreenup 6 years ago

Ospreys have distinct white bellies. Comparison
Osprey -
Juvenile white breasted sea eagle -

AliceGreenup 6 years ago

Juvenile white breasted sea eagles are very different in appearance to adults so while this looks nothing like an adult sea eagle it looks exactly like a juvenile

Looks like an Osprey to me. Body a couple of feet, wingspan around 5 feet

4573, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -26.56, Long: 153.08

Spotted on Feb 5, 2012
Submitted on Feb 5, 2012

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