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White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Haliaeetus leucogaster

Description:

This magnificent raptor has "white on the head, rump and underparts and dark grey on the back and wings. The large, hooked bill is grey with a darker tip, and the eye is dark brown. The legs and feet are cream-white, with long black talons. The sexes are similar. As in other raptors, males (2.5 kg - 3.7 kg) are slightly smaller than females (2.8 kg - 4.2 kg).The wingspan is about 1.8 m - 2 m." (Birdlife Australia)

Habitat:

Seen sitting in this Boab Tree (Adansonia gregorii) inside of the fence at the waste water treatment ponds.

Notes:

This was the first time I have seen a White-bellied Sea-Eagle in this area! I had been driving around to the wetlands area when I saw a pair of these Eagles flying away. So I pulled up with the hope of seeing them circle back but, at that point, to no avail. I started off again when I saw them flying back! I pulled up again and jumped out to see where they might land if they stopped and thankfully they did...where I could get some pics of them! Reference: http://www.birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/...

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8 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

Thank you Neil! They are just magnificent. There was a pair but I couldn't get any shots of the other one. First time I had seen two together!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Sweet spotting, Liana. That's a very handsome bird.

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

Thank you James!!! They really are regal birds :)

James McNair
James McNair 4 years ago

Wonderful image, what a magnificent and regal bird!

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 4 years ago

I am so glad you like Janie!!! Cheers :)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 4 years ago

Thank you Jim!!! That means a lot :)

JaniekevanDijk
JaniekevanDijk 4 years ago

Awesome!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 4 years ago

Nice spotting, Armadeus...the photo is very good.

armadeus.4
Spotted by
armadeus.4

Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Jan 17, 2016
Submitted on Jan 26, 2016

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