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Our first blog post of the year was contributed by Melanie, and it was great to finally to meet her at Peg’s just before Christmas.
White-bellied Sea-eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster) are Australia’s second largest bird of prey; similar in size to the Wedge-tailed Eagle, but with shorter wings and tail. The adults are very distinctive with white head and under parts and grey back, wings and tail. They are often found on the coast but are also seen far inland, along rivers and lakes.
This sea-eagle was photographed in 50km from the coast at Casino NSW, in the flying fox colony by the Richmond River. The local magpies and currawongs spotted it flying in and pursued it relentlessly. The flying foxes scattered every time it landed close to their roost. Finally the sea-eagle gave up on a potential feed and left, flying east, back the way it came.
The second series of photos are of a nesting pair of sea eagles. We were lucky enough to observe a breeding pair of White-bellied Sea-Eagles. The male kept watch on a higher branch while the female fed in the nest. After some time, the fledged chick arrived, landed below the nest then made its way up. The female continued feeding for a while longer, then left the rest of the food for the chick. After a while, she flew and circled, hunting again. Apparently this pair use the nest every second year. It was an amazing experience to see this magnificent family in the wild.