Possible Short-toed Eagle

To: Tim Dolby <>
Subject: Possible Short-toed Eagle
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010 16:36:00 +1100

Do you mean Circaetus gallicus? If it is, it certainly is a bit lost, at least 8,500 Km from normal range, in India, not to mention the distance to it's European breeding areas or it's African range. If so, it is a truly exciting find. If there is one in Vic., I wonder how many may be between there and Northern Australia, where it has probably entered the country after island hopping down the Indonesian Archipelago from Thailand or Malaysia. It is on the official Malaysian list, so it is not unreasonable to expect one (or more) to wander down through through the Sundas to Australia.

They are a handsome bird, I used to see them regularly on the Pays de Sault in the French Pyrenees feeding up after hay cutting, prior to heading down to Africa.

Well done Lawrie, certainly the sighting of 2010. Much more exciting than those blow ins they get on Christmas and Cocos.


Carl Clifford

On 27/12/2010, at 3:29 PM, Tim Dolby wrote:

Hi All,

Just had a report of a possible Short-toed Eagle by Lawrie Conole at Hovel Creek upstream of the Princes Hwy, Lara. See . This site is just past the Beach Rd turn-off to the Western Treatment Plant. Lawrie says that he's familiar with Short-toed Eagle and is 99% certain of ID.

For further details see


Tim Dolby

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