Possible Short-toed Eagle

To: "Birding_Aus _Server" <>
Subject: Possible Short-toed Eagle
From: "Dean Cutten" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 02:21:34 -0600



According to my copy of 'Raptors of the world' (Ferguson-Lees & Christie,
2001) there is an apparently isolated, resident population of Short-toed
Snake-Eagles on several islands of Lesser Sundas from Lombok and Sumbawa to
Timor. Therefore not impossible to get an immature wandering southeast into



Dean Cutten


Victor Harbor, SA




-----Original Message-----

 On Behalf Of Carl Clifford

Sent: Sunday, December 26, 2010 11:36 PM

To: Tim Dolby


Subject: Possible Short-toed Eagle




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


For further details see




Tim Dolby


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