Re: birding-aus White Breasted Sea Eagle vs. Wedge Tailed Shearwater.

To: Mike & Judy Hines <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus White Breasted Sea Eagle vs. Wedge Tailed Shearwater.
From: HARRIS & WESTRUP John & Jude <>
Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 10:25:41 +1000
Mike & Judy Hines wrote:
>     While walking down Main Beach, Pouint Lookout, North Stradbroke
> Island early this morning to retrieve an immature Masked Booby (Sula
> dactylatra) found yesterday, I was treated to the spectacle of a White
> Breasted Sea Eagle hunting down a Wedge Tailed Shearwater.
>     The activity took place over 100 m away from me and  as I hurried to
> the scene, the prey was herded shorewards over the shallows and then
> pursued as it twisted and turned over the beach finally landing in
> exhaustion on the beach to struggle again and then be grabbed by talons.
>     By this time I was close enough to interrupt activities and the
> eagle flew off. The Shearwater ws not dead but dying. It was a very dark
> bird, but its white toenails confirmed its identity.
>     A son had witnessed a similar performance a few weeks earlier, but
> it was offshore. The eagle flew under the shearwater, flipped and
> grabbed the prey from under with its talons.
>                         Mike Hines


A question, "Why did you interrupt this act of nature?", it was not as
if the W-t S/w was being mauled by a dog, but a natural predator. 


John Harris
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