birding-aus Raptor question

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Subject: birding-aus Raptor question
From: Tosca Looby <>
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 1999 15:08:01 +1100

I am writing from the ABC Natural History Unit. I am currently making a
programme about Barrow Island in Western Australia... which has a healthy
population of Brahminy Kites and White-Bellied Sea Eagles. 

I am wondering if anyone could tell me any interesting facts about their
fishing habits. I have noticed the Sea-Eagle plunges right into the water
while the Brahminy uses only its talons dipped into the water to retrieve
fish. I imagine this means the birds have quite different morphology. I am
wondering about this, as well as the reason these birds (generally
inhabiting the same or very similar habitats) have developed these
divergent fishing/flying methods. I would be extremely grateful for any
information on this subject.

Kind regards

Tosca Looby

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