White Breasted Sea Eagles

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Subject: White Breasted Sea Eagles
From: "Steven Barnard" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 19:22:02 +1000
The nest is high (20 metres at a guess) in a dead River Red Gum that stands in the waters of Gum Swamp.
Gum Swamp was originally an ephemeral wetland that has been filled since the 1920's with water from Forbes Sewage Treatment Plant.  A levee bank holds the water at a more or less continual depth for most of the year.
Because of this the many River Red Gums that remain inundated have died.  This gives Gum Swamp some of its values that we appreciate today, namely;  Good bird habitat with permanent water and nesting sites and excellent photographic opportunities especially at dawn on misty mornings and at sunset when the dead tree limbs against the sky give an eerie feel to the area.
Gum Swamp is surrounded by a small area of drier woodland which enables sightings of local woodland species as well as the waterbirds.
The nest is visible from the ground at some distance with the sky as background.  The best views we have had are with a spotting scope from the southern edge of the water. The Totally Wild crew filmed the eagles and the nest from this spot.
Regards Steven and Gwen
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