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A very good day spotting wildlife on a tour of the lakes around Lakes Entrance in Victoria. Eagles, swans, seals, dolphins...

 

This is a White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster). It has white on the head, rump and underparts and dark grey on the back and wings. As in other raptors (birds of prey), 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. Young Sea-Eagles are brown as juveniles than slowly become to resemble adults in a patchwork manner, acquiring the complete adult plumage by their fourth year.

 

White-bellied Sea-Eagles are a common sight in coastal and near coastal areas of Australia. In addition to Australia, the species is found in New Guinea, Indonesia, China, south-east Asia and India

 

The White-bellied Sea-Eagle feeds mainly off aquatic animals, such as fish, turtles and sea snakes, but it takes birds and mammals as well. It is a skilled hunter, and will attack prey up to the size of a swan. Sea-Eagles also feed on carrion such as sheep and fish along the waterline. They harass smaller birds, forcing them to drop any food that they are carrying. Sea-Eagles feed alone, in pairs or in family groups.

White-bellied Sea-eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster

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Photo by David.

Warning: Children, Do Not Attempt this at Home.

 

Game playing in the sunshine.

 

Two of three birds enjoying a game of master of the skies.

   

White Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) (කුස ඇලි මුහුදුකුස්සා)is a resident of Sri Lanka. An adult. Belongs to Accipitridae family. Captured at Kirala Kele, Matara, Sri Lanka

~~ As fotos que tirei das águias foram todas dentro de um barco como este!

 

~~ The pictures I took of the Eagles were all on a boat like this.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------LANGKAWI (Malaysia)

~~ Kilim Nature Park, Mangrove tour

Haliaeetus leucogaster

 

With long-finned eel in it's talons

White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Haliaeetus leucogaster

 

Haliaeetus leucogaster

 

With long-finned eel in it's talons

Haliaeetus leucogaster

 

With long-finned eel in it's talons

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother....more likely...food

Seem like the food is smiling :)

bt panjang spore

 

This bird took off from quite near to us and then came back a couple of times to have a look at us apparently. I had trouble keeping it in frame and didn't really get a sharp shot.

Haliaeetus leucogaster

 

With long-finned eel in it's talons

The eagle is the proud symbol of Langkawi. This one is the White-bellied Fish Eagle, one of the largest raptors in South East Asia.

 

... shot taken while on a holiday in Langkawi. Chartered a boat and went island hopping ....the boatman stopped at an island and began to throw chicken bits into the water. what's up?

 

... to my astonishment, eagles began circling above us and took turns to dive down and grab the food with their talons. talk about discipline and what a sight it was!

 

.. i should have been more alert haha aware of the program/tour. wished had more time to think, adjust settings and switched to the telephoto lens. the pics could have been nicer. haiyaaa ... haha there's always next time :)

 

Origin of the name Langkawi

 

This island was used to be the home of eagles and it also rich with marbles. Since that eagle in the Malay word is "Helang" while marble in Sanskrit is "Kawi", so by putting these words together it reads as "Helangkawi". Hence it became Langkawi.

 

The origin name of Langkawi also found in Tun Mohamad Zahir's book, entitled "The Legends of Langkawi". In the book, it stated that the word "Langka" in Sanskrit means beauty and "Wi" means many. After putting these words together, it becomes Langkawi that means many beautiful islands.

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mmm possibly the 1st pic of the langkawi white-bellied eagle in action found in flickr .. was unable to find any. but i could be wrong :)

@ Gal Oya National Park - Sri Lanka

The white-bellied sea eagle, also known as the white-breasted sea eagle, is a large diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae.

Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucogaster

White-bellied Sea Eagle, Haliaetus leucogaster, Helang siput

A trip into a mangrove swamp area gives me the opportunity to photograph this magnificent raptor.

 

The Rock Of Whispers - In the "Rock Of Whispers" of Krudhyn You can see ... you can hear ... but you can't ask ..

  

The eagle in this photo is the White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), also known as the White-breasted Sea Eagle.

White bellied Sea Eagle | Haliaeetus leucogaster | Taken @ Chennai, TN | Apr -2014 | Copyright : AV Fotography

From archive. Photographed through the wire mesh of a cage at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

 

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White-Bellied Sea Eagle | Haliaeetus leucogaster | Taken @ Chennai | Feb -2015 | Copyright : AV Fotography

from a recent trip on the Tamar River. Having a slight altercation with a raven!

Sadly the day was very overcast, not optimal for good photography.

 

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Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle ( Haliaeetus leucogaster)

" Let me stand here"

This raptor is often seen at sea coasts including islands far offshore as well as large freshwater reservoirs inland. although not very numerous, it is a conspicuous bird, presenting magnificent sight when soaring over the wateron massive wings. It sometimes swoop down to pull out large fishfrom the surface with its powerful talons.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III with Canon 500mm IS lens. Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand 2008.

This WBSE is going home to enjoy his sashimi with fresh salad taken from Bt Panjang, spore.

White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea-eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster,

Pink-eared Duck.

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If you're a Pink-eared Duck, One Sea-eagle would be a worry. Two a nightmare.

Fortunately for said duck, this pair are engaged in mating rituals and food is not high on the 'must do' list.

Both birds are recovering from rolling, legs locked together into the lake below. Their scrambling back into the air, set off the several hundreds of Pink-ears.

But the duck will have a good story to tell.

White-bellied Sea-Eagle ( Haliaeetus leucogaster )

It was action packed evening at Tannirbavi, Mangalore.

We saw 4 sub-adults and one adult. We witnessed leg lock event, which is knows to be part of aerial courtship display. Record shot of that event.

 

Thanks to Aravinda Kudla!

 

With Rk Pai, Shanmukharaja Muroor, Ashik Musicroom, Dr. Abhijith Apc and Vineeth Kumar .

 

Checklist

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White-bellied Sea-eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster

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The duck flocks have returned to the Treament Plant. Which opens up the dining possibilities for an enterprising Sea-eagle.

White-bellied Sea-eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster

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A young bird with a fish dinner, not sure if it took it from a Whistling Kite or the Kite was trying to claim it. Not much gets out of those big talons.

The eagle decide to have something different for lunch

Taken at bt panjang spore

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) | Chennai | 2015.

 

The White Breasted Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), or white-bellied sea eagle, Resident from India and Sri Lanka through Southeast Asia to Australia on coasts and major waterways, the white-bellied sea eagle breeds and hunts near water, and fish form around half of its diet. Opportunistic, it consumes carrion and a wide variety of animals.

Yellow Water, Kakadu, Northern Territory, Australia

 

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An adult and juvenile White-Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) engage in a bit of air-to-air territorial dispute over the skies of Singapore. Taken early this morning on a stormy day. You can see hint of morning orange glow from the sun through the cloudy weather.

White Bellied Sea Eagle hunting at Kalgan River, Albany.

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) | Pulicat Backwaters, Chennai | Jan 2015.

 

Saratkhali creek in Sundarban is one of the finest creeks for the true nature lovers. Its tranquility, wonderful atmosphere and various species of birds will always captivate you.

  

SUNDARBANS:

The Sundarbans is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The Sunderbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, most of which situated in Bangladesh and the remaining in India.

The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans delta in the Indian state of West Bengal. Sundarbans South, East and West are three protected forests in Bangladesh. This region is densely covered bymangrove forests, and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger.

Geography

The Sundarban forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across southern Bangladesh. The seasonally flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe. The forest covers 10,000 km2. of which about 6,000 are in Bangladesh. It became inscribed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997. The Sundarbans is estimated to be about 4,110 km², of which about 1,700 km² is occupied by waterbodies in the forms of river, canals and creeks of width varying from a few meters to several kilometres.

Flora

A total 245 genera and 334 plant species were recorded by David Prain in 1903. The Sundarbans flora is characterised by the abundance of sundari (Heritiera fomes), gewa (Excoecaria agallocha), goran (Ceriops decandra) and keora (Sonneratia apetala) all of which occur prominently throughout the area. The characteristic tree of the forest is the sundari (Heritiera littoralis), from which the name of the forest had probably been derived. It yields a hard wood, used for building houses and making boats, furniture and other things. New forest accretions is often conspicuously dominated by keora (Sonneratia apetala) and tidal forests. It is an indicator species for newly accreted mudbanks and is an important species for wildlife, especially spotted deer (Axis axis). There is abundance of dhundul or passur (Xylocarpus granatum) and kankra (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza) though distribution is discontinuous. Among palms, Poresia coaractata, Myriostachya wightiana and golpata (Nypa fruticans), and among grasses spear grass (Imperata cylindrica) and khagra (Phragmites karka) are well distributed.

Fauna

The Sundarbans provides a unique ecosystem and a rich wildlife habitat. According to the 2011 tiger census, the Sundarbans have about 270 tigers. Although previous rough estimates had suggested much higher figures close to 300, the 2011 census provided the first ever scientific estimate of tigers from the area. Tiger attacks are frequent in the Sundarbans. Between 100 and 250 people are killed per year.

There is much more wildlife here than just the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris). Most importantly, mangroves are a transition from the marine to freshwater and terrestrial systems, and provide critical habitat for numerous species of small fish, crabs, shrimps and other crustaceans that adapt to feed and shelter, and reproduce among the tangled mass of roots, known as pneumatophores, which grow upward from the anaerobic mud to get the supply of oxygen. Fishing Cats, Macaques, wild boars, Common Grey Mongooses, Foxes, Jungle Cats,Flying Foxes, Pangolins, and spotted deer are also found in abundance in the Sundarbans.

A 1991 study has revealed that the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans supports diverse biological resources including at least 150 species of commercially important fish, 270 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 35 reptiles and 8 amphibian species.

The Sundarbans is an important wintering area for migrant water birds and is an area suitable for watching and studying avifauna. The management of wildlife is presently restricted to, firstly, the protection of fauna from poaching, and, secondly, designation of some areas as wildlife sanctuaries where no extraction of forest produce is allowed and where the wildlife face few disturbances. Although the fauna of Bangladesh have diminished in recent times and the Sundarbans has not been spared from this decline, the mangrove forest retains several good wildlife habitats and their associated fauna. Of these, the tiger and dolphin are target species for planning wildlife management and tourism development.

Avifauna

The forest is also rich in bird life, with 170 species including the endemic Brown-winged Kingfishers (Pelargopsis amauroptera) and the globally threatened Lesser Adjutants (Leptoptilos javanicus) and Masked Finfoots (Heliopais personata) and birds of prey such as the ospreys (Pandion haliaetus), White-bellied Sea Eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster) and Grey-headed Fish-eagles (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus). The Sundarbans was designated a Ramsar siteon 21 May 1992. Some of the more popular birds found in this region are Open Billed Storks, Black-headed Ibis,Water Hens, Coots, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Pariah Kites, Brahminy Kites, Marsh Harriers, Swamp Partridges, Red Junglefowls, Spotted Doves, Common Mynahs, Jungle Crows, Jungle Babblers, Cotton Teals, Herring Gulls, Caspian Terns, Gray Herons, Brahminy Ducks, Spot-billed Pelicans, great Egrets, Night Herons, Common Snipes, Wood Sandpipers, Green pigeons, Rose Ringed Parakeets, Paradise Flycatchers, Cormorants, White-bellied Sea Eagles,Seagulls, Common Kingfishers, Peregrine falcons, Woodpeckers, Whimbrels, Black-tailed Godwits, Little Stints,Eastern knots, Curlews, Golden Plovers, Pintails, White eyed pochards and Lesser Whistling Ducks.

 

Image taken on 15/10/08 over the Mallacoota Lakes.

The eagle is going to make a meal out of his buddy. Farewell froggy.....

Taken at bt panjang spore

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