RE: Active wedge tail eagles nest?

To: "'Philip Veerman'" <>
Subject: RE: Active wedge tail eagles nest?
From: "Pedroanddi" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 10:21:53 +1000
Hi Phillip
I considered:
  • Little Eagle. From my view of the bird from the head and along the back it was already larger than an adult LE;and
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle. While Lake Tuggeranong and the Murrumbidgee could be seen from the nest the nearest part of the river was at least a kilometre away and it is my understanding that WBSE nest near water.
As our books are still in disarray from being packed up for the painters I relied on an old (cost 22/6) Concise Oxford Dictionary which defines fledgling as simply "young bird" . However I notice the derivation is from the French for "fit to fly".
The bird certainly had feathers as I could see the back feathers move in the wind but only expert flyers would have ventured out in the severe conditions.
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From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Sunday, 15 October 2006 5:27 PM
To: Pedroanddi
Subject: Active wedge tail eagles nest?

Hi Peter,
It is actually a nestling, not a fledgling. As it is obviously from your description still downy, and more to the point has not left the nest yet (at which point a nestling becomes a fledgling), see recent discussion on this. I can't comment on what species it is. Both our eagle species have white down.
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