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Sea Eagle

The White Bellied Fish Eagle grows to a 2 meter wingspan and can stand nearly one metre in height A truly majestic raptor!.
The White-bellied Sea-eagle is the second largest bird of prey found in Australia.
A famous Whitsunday local sea bird that is the adopted name of our local football team
" The Whistunday Sea Eagles " If you are in the Whitsundays in winter you may be lucky enough to catch a local game of Aussie rules Football.

The sea eagle catches its prey when it comes close enough to the surface of the sea seized with its talons without getting wet. These birds are noticeable by their white head, white rump and under parts and dark grey on the back and wings. In flight the black flight feathers on the wings are easily seen when the bird is viewed from below. 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 (claws). Young Sea-eagles are brown , taking them 4 years to gain the beautiful plummage of their parents.

Keith Roberts from islandive said " by far these are my favorite Bird so impressive to watch hunting and soaring majestically throught the skys.
Sea Eagle make large nests in trees or on coastal cliffs. 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. They will harass smaller birds like Ospreys, forcing them to drop any food that they are carrying. Sea-eagles feed alone, in pairs or in family groups.

Tim Wuth from Islandive said "his research had found that in the Whitsunday's there are approx 40 breeding pairs of Sea Eagles, with one on each island as the birds are very territorial with protecting their feeding grounds. except for Whitsunday Island which is large enough to support two breeding pairs.

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Sea Eagle
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Sea Eagle in flight
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The majestic Sea Eagle