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White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Haliaeetus leucogaster

Notes:

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

11 Comments

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 years ago

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

ShannaB
ShannaB 2 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
AliceGreenup 2 years ago

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

ShannaB
ShannaB 2 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
AliceGreenup 2 years ago

No worries :)

ShannaB
ShannaB 2 years ago

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

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 2 years ago

Ospreys have distinct white bellies. Comparison
Osprey - http://goo.gl/N2UI9
Juvenile white breasted sea eagle - http://goo.gl/Es4Uq

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 2 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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