Peregrine Falcon kills White-bellied Sea-eagle

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon kills White-bellied Sea-eagle
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 20:01:07 +1000
I was given recently an interesting article from the Tasmanian newspaper "The Examiner" (Wed, 18th December 2002) and the story was further corrected by a later article in another Tasmania newspaper "The Saturday Mercury" by aregular columnist Don Knowler (which I was also given but did not get the date of the article), about a Peregrine that killed a White-bellied Sea-eagle at Judgement Rocks in Bass Strait seen by 2 observers (volunteers for Wildcare) from a fishing vessel. They watched the Sea-eagle for an hour raiding the nests of Gulls along a cliff face and at the whole time being constantly  harrassed by a Peregrine Falcon (reminds me recently regarding a number of raptor species in the same situation at the East Maitland Tip).Once the Sea-agle had enough of feeding on the Gull eggs, it spread its wings and dropped from the cliff. As the eagle manouvered its body for flight, the Peregrine swooped and hit the eagle in the neck. There was a crack and the eagle plummeted in the water. The crew headed towards the eagle, tried to revive it but it was dead. Instantly killed by the blow from the Peregrine, about half the size of the eagle). 
For one of the Black Falcons I saw a few days ago and a Wedge-tailed Eagle a few weeks before that, lucky they too did not share the same fate as this poor Sea-eagle.
Edwin Vella
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