Sea-eagle and Little Penguin seen at Long Reef, northern Sydney 27 Augus

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Subject: Sea-eagle and Little Penguin seen at Long Reef, northern Sydney 27 August
From: Tom Wilson <>
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2017 07:45:59 +0000
Hi all
having failed to see any skuas on a pair of Tasmanian pelagic trips last 
weekend, I tried my luck this afternoon at Long Reef, on Sydney’s northern 
beaches. There were 2 distant birds that were likely Brown Skuas, and one that 
came closer in when attracted by a feeding melee of Crested Terns and Silver 
Gulls.  There were big numbers of shearwaters offshore, particularly 
Fluttering-types – in one 2 minute stretch I counted 130 birds passing in front 
of the scope.  Quite a few Wedge-tailed Shearwaters out in the mix too and 
about a dozen albatross close enough to ID – 1 Shy-type, 1 Black-browed and 10 
However, the most interesting observation was a White-bellied Sea-eagle and a 
Little Penguin. Neither species would be that unusual at Long Reef, but in this 
case the eagle had caught the penguin and carried it to the reef where it 
eventually subdued its very feisty victim after about 20 minutes.  There were 2 
Australian Ravens that were keen to get in on the action which didn’t help when 
the penguin was still very much alive and pecking.
I also saw an Eastern Osprey with an impressive catch – a large grey coloured 
All this in about 75 minutes from 2-3:15pm, when I decided to head home before 
the rain clouds looming up from the south got to me.
Tom Wilson
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