0900 last Sunday we parked opposite Bergman College , ANU Campus and
wandered north along Sullivans Creek. Fifty metres later a beautiful
White-bellied Sea-Eagle lifted from atop a water's-edge willow, and flapped
regally towards Lake Burley G thus initiating the following erudite exchange
between Junior Brat and myself:
Junior Brat: "Is it sick or something?"
Bird-happy Pappy: " No, it's alright."
JB: "Do you reckon it got lost and became exhausted?"
B-h P: What makes you think so?"
JB: "Well, why would a sea-eagle land here?"
B-h P: "It probably felt partial to a belly-full of European Carp."
JB: "Do sea-eagles eat carp?"
B-h P: What else could they do with them."
JB: "But carp taste awful."
B-h P: "Not to hungry eagles they don't."
JB: "OK, they eat sea snakes, so I guess they could handle carp."
B-h P: "Have you ever seen them eating sea snakes?"
JB "Nope, but seen them catching sea snakes."
B-h P: "Baloney, Samantha. Where did you see this?"
JB: "On our David Attenborough video, that's where."
B-h P: OK, Smarty Sox, you can shout the Paddle Pops on our way
Anyhow, the appearance of the eagle added another dimension to the
pristine, green morning. Such is campus life in the Bush Capital.