28 March 2011

The Tales of Juvenile White Bellied Sea Eagle vs Crows...

The White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), also known as the White-bellied Fish-eagle or White-breasted Sea Eagle, is a large diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is closely related to other eagleskiteshawksharriers and Old World vultures.
It is resident from India through southeast Asia to Australia on coasts and major waterways. It is a distinctive bird. The adult has white head, breast, under-wing coverts and tail. The upper parts are grey and the black under-wing flight feathers contrast with the white coverts. The tail is short and wedge-shaped as in all Haliaeetus species.
The White-bellied Sea-eagle is one of the largest raptors in Southeast Asia, and the second largest bird of prey in Australia after the Wedge-tailed Eagle(Aquila audax) which stands up to 1 m.
Young Sea-eagles in their first year are predominantly brown.Their plumage becomes more infiltrated with white until they acquire the complete adult plumage by their fourth or fifth year.The loud "goose-like" honking call is a familiar sound, particularly during the breeding season; pairs often honk in unison.
Birds form permanent pairs that inhabit territories throughout the year.
They feed on fish and sea snakes, which they catch by skimming over the water and catching their prey with their talons.They do not dive under water, however. They keep within 1 km of shores, as there are no thermals over water.
The breeding season varies according to location

                                                                                                    Loc - Selangor Msia - March 11

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