additional notes on the sea eagle observation

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Subject: additional notes on the sea eagle observation
From: "theo tasoulis" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 16:32:08 +1000
The eagle parachuted down on to the shoveler feet first making minute 
adjustments to it's direction with it's wings.As soon as it grabbed the 
shoveler the teal settled on the water right beside it obviously knowing it was 
safe.It took the shoveler to a butchering site on the ground almost a kilometre 
away.This was located by the activity of a pair of ravens and whistling 
kites.The shovelers bill was amazing with  single row of comb like structures 
on the lateral margins for straining microinvertebrates.The brutality of this 
observation pales next to a black-shouldered kite I saw at gloucester a few 
years ago sitting on a fence post holding down a desperately struggling brown 
quail and plucking it alive and then ripping strips of flesh of its breast and 
eating it alive.

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