White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Pugh's Lagoon

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Subject: White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Pugh's Lagoon
From: "Andrew Hall" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 00:24:17 +1000
Hi All,
Noticed on Saturday (2nd Oct) whilst driving to Richmond, just before the Yarramundi Bridge, an adult White-bellied Sea-Eagle. I haven't seen one in the area for quite some time.
This sighting coincides with the removal of Salvinia from much of the Hawkesbury/Nepean around the area.
Arrived at Pugh's Lagoon near Richmond around 3:30PM for a spot of Carp fishing.
Even though I was more interested in the fish at the time, I noticed amongst the usual Bird life...
A lone female Chestnut Teal
A squadron of Pelicans flew over, but didn't land 
A pair of Black Swans overflew, but again, didn't land
Much screaming and mating amongst the Purple Swamphens
A pair of Wood Ducks with Wood-Ducklings
The ever-present Domestic duck we nick-named "Trevor" (White, with black cap and black shoulders) who has lived there for around 2 years.
Later on in the afternoon, a Royal Spoonbill working the shallows within 15ft of our fishing position.
All in all, a relaxing afternoon.
Just as well I like birding to pass the time, as all I had to show for 2 hours fishing was a single 20cm Carp !
Although I did miss several good bites due to watching birds and not my line. >.<
This mail list now has me hooked on Birding.
I've taken to nagging the parents to drive me around Cornwallis rd. whenever we go near it.
Andrew Hall
Blue Mountains,
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