Eagle or Little Eagle ???

To: 'Stuart Rae' <>, "" <>
Subject: Eagle or Little Eagle ???
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2018 10:08:53 +0000

I don’t know. I didn’t see it. Eagles have fully feathered legs. Did this one? And does the person know the options?  The description - such as it is - also fits a not quite adult White-bellied Sea-Eagle. Without further description, it could be that, or a range of other things: most obviously Whistling Kite, Brown Falcon, (or less likely) young Spotted Harrier, adult male Swamp Harrier, ……….


From: Stuart Rae [
Sent: Sunday, 2 December, 2018 12:51 PM
Cc: canberra birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Eagle or Little Eagle ???


 Thanks Denise,


That sounds more likely to be an adult Little Eagle, with a pale underside. The fledglings are rufous and the observer would have likely noted that when they saw it. 


Little Eagles can cover several kilometres or more when hunting and they are over suburbia more frequently than people might think. They can hunt from soaring or a perch in a tree, and I have seen one in a tree outside my house, but they can be easily overlooked when sitting quietly in a tree. That one was probably doing so before the currawongs found and drew attention to it. 


Birds are known in the area


On Sun, 2 Dec 2018 at 00:55, Denise Kay <> wrote:

I have just had a report of an eagle being mobbed by Currawongs corralled in a deciduous tree on corner of Bateman Street & Masters st Kambah.


The caller was not confident to say it was a Little Eagle but creamy belly and smaller than a wedge tail.


Sounds like an immature bird to me are there nests around that area ?….with this wind it could have been carried a good distance ?  


About half an hour ago now.









Stuart Rae





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