Frank O'Connor <>
Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:54:00 +0800
Geoff Jones mentioned a WBSE a long way inland and feeding on a
cattle carcass at Riversleigh in Quensland.
WBSEs can occur inland, but usually on or near large bodies of
water. They are on Lake Argyle in the north east Kimberley, and on
the tailings dams of the Argyle Diamond Mine about 30km from the
southern end of the lake. I have seen a WBSE at Katherine Gorge in
the past. I have seen a WBSE on Deep Pool at Millstream in the
Pilbara. However, these are all around water.
I have seen a WBSE near Albany feeding on a sheep carcass. But this
would have only been a few kilometres from the coast and Oyster
Harbour where they occur.
We had a WBSE take off from an Australian Bustard on 80 Mile Beach
(yes - on the beach) in the south west Kimberley several years
ago. It was very early in the morning. We did not see the WBSE make
the kill, but the bustard was very freshly killed, and I can't think
of how else it would have been killed. It had opened up the belly
and was presumably feeding on the internal organs. I was surprised
that it would attack a bird of this size. I have seen WBSEs pick up
beach washed sea snakes more than a metre long on 80 Mile Beach.
Frank O'Connor Birding WA http://birdingwa.iinet.net.au
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