Wednesday, April 8, 2015

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

One of our more unlikely outings during our 1990 trip to Australia was to take a mangrove tour out of   Forster. At one point, to entertain us tourists, the guides threw hunks of chicken off the back of the boat. This sea-eagle, in the same genus as our Bald Eagle, made repeated and successful swoops for the bait. In more normal circumstances, sea-eagles consume a wide variety of prey (mammals (including rabbits and wallabies), birds, reptiles, fish, and crustaceans), and even highly venomous sea snakes (Handbook of the Birds Alive). The species is generally common across much of Southeast Asia and coastal Australia.

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