ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Haliaeetus leucogaster  

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
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© Kay Parkin 2013
Werribee, VIC (Jun, 2013)

This stunning bird allowed us to approach as it casually sat there. It had obviously just finished a meal as part of its lunch was still hanging from its talons.

"..Sea Eagles do not eat only fish. They are responsible for killing large numbers of rabbits and take whatever small mammals come their way. Doubtless Eastern Water Rats and perhaps even a Platypus would be included in the catch. Certainly these mammals live in inland areas also frequented by Sea Eagles. The eagles eat carrion too and may be seen occasionally on dead lambs or other stock, or eating shot or road-killed kangaroos. They also take birds, particularly waterbirds such as ducks, swamphens, coots and swimming cormorants.

According to Calaby (in Slater, 1970) Black Swans are included in the menu from time to time and, in more northerly regions, sea snakes. Bob Green reports Fairy Penguin bodies in a nest on Walker Island, Bass Strait, and Dorward, mutton bird feathers from a Wilson's Promontory nest."*


*Simpson, Ken (1972). Birds in Bass Strait. A.H. & A.W. Reed Pty Ltd, p.100.

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Juvenile White-bellied Sea-eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

A striking success

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Juvenile plumage

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

On the hunt

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Immature White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-Eagle