Light-morph Little Eagle over Royal National Park

To: Ricki Coughlan <>
Subject: Light-morph Little Eagle over Royal National Park
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 23:34:56 +1100
Sorry, but a correction needed for the record, of the Little Eagles nesting on 
L. Carrington Dve from Oct 2004.
They had a pair of nestlings, and successfully fledged one.
Their progress was monitored and recorded by both Ken Gilmour and myself.
I saw them tending the nest again in Oct 2005, but nothing seems to have come 
of it.


> Ricki Coughlan <> wrote:
> G'day Birders
> Reporting in after an excellent day of birding along Lady Carrington
> Drive - Royal National Park.
> Of particular interest was a Swamp Harrier, which took what I think was
> a Eurasian Coot straight off the Hacking River. It all happened so
> quickly that I couldn't make a clear ID on the victim, which was scooped
> up in an instant. This rather spectacular event occurred directly
> opposite Gibraltar. The excellent start (not according to the coot) to
> my raptor day continued with a couple of sightings of Brown Goshawks of
> varying ages and, very excitingly, excellent views of a beautiful adult
> light-morph Little Eagle, right at the 4km mark from the start of the
> trail (regulars will know the palm gallery). The bird remained for some
> time, circling the valley at a height of perhaps 200 metres and calling
> in accord with their habit.
> There have been very few recorded sightings of this species in the Royal
> National Park. In recent years; I spotted one over Lady C Drive almost
> two years ago and then a nesting pair around 18 months ago, just prior
> to my departure to Broome. Bruce Roubin kept an eye on the nest (which
> is still in the treetop) in my absence and reported that the pair failed
> to raise any young. I've not heard or read of any sightings since.
> Regulars in the area, or enthusiasts from afar, may like to keep an eye
> out for this very beautiful raptor calling and soaring majestically over
> the river valley.
> Diversity and abundance was quite good today. Here's the list:
> Great Cormorant
> Pacific Black Duck
> Australian Wood Duck
> Purple Swamphen
> Eurasian Coot
> Dusky Moorhen
> Little Eagle
> Brown Goshawk
> Swamp Harrier
> Brown Cuckoo Dove
> Wonga Pigeon
> Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
> Rainbow Lorikeet
> Crimson Rosella
> King Parrot
> Fan-tailed Cuckoo
> Laughing Kookaburra
> Sacred Kingfisher
> Azure Kingfisher
> Dollarbird
> Superb Lyrebird
> Varied Sitella (heaps - couple of times)
> White-throated Treecreeper
> Variegated Fairy-wren
> Superb Fairy-wren
> White-browed Scrubwren
> Yellow-throated Scrubwren
> Brown Thornbill
> Striated Thornbill
> Brown Gerigone
> Red Wattlebird
> Lewins Honeyeater
> Yellow-faced Honeyeater (1 summer lover)
> Noisy Friarbird
> Eastern Spinebill
> Eastern Whipbird
> Eastern Yellow Robin
> Crested Shrike-tit
> Golden Whistler
> Grey Fantail
> Black-faced Monarch
> Olive-backed Oriole
> Green Catbird
> Satin Bowerbird
> Grey Butcherbird
> Australian Magpie
> Pied Currawong
> Red-browed Finch
> Mistletoebird
> 55 species
> Regulars for this time of year which were missed:
> Topknot Pigeon
> Satin Flycatcher
> Leaden Flycatcher
> Pilotbird
> Rockwarbler (amazingly!! - put down to hot day and 8:30am start)
> Large-billed Scrubwren (amazingly!!)
> Grey Shrike-thrush
> Rufous Fantail
> Australasian Grebe
> Cicada Bird
> Spotted Pardalote
> Ricki Coughlan
> Sydney, Australia
> _______________________________________________________________________
> "In my hand I held the most remarkable of all living things, a creature
> of astounding abilities that elude our understanding, of extraordinary,
> even bizarre senses, of stamina and endurance far supassing anything
> else in the animal world. I held that truly awesome enigma, a bird." -
> Fisher
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