Conversation after confrontation with White-bellied Sea-Eagle

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Subject: Conversation after confrontation with White-bellied Sea-Eagle
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 19:03:36 +1000
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 home."
Anyhow, the appearance of the eagle added another dimension to the pristine, green morning. Such is campus life in the Bush Capital.
John Layton.
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