Sea eagle behaviour

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Subject: Sea eagle behaviour
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Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:17:16 +0000
Greetings all,
I've just returned from a week at Strathburn Cattle Station which lies 120 kms 
north west of Musgrave Station on Cape York. The birding was fascinating but 
the following story from two locals who verified the tale to me independently 
got me thinking. The two station hands were having a break by a very large 
swamp which is about 6 kms around its perimeter. It was April this year just 
after the wet season. They noticed a White-bellied Sea-eagle carrying something 
as it was flying across the swamp. It dropped its bundle from a height of about 
150 meters and flew on. A few minutes later both men were stunned when a tiny 
piglet swam ashore and raced under their vehicle, screaming in terror. They 
caught the piglet and noted talon marks on its body. The Sea-eagle came back 
and circled the centre of the swamp seemingly searching for something.
It was an interesting yarn and I'm sure the two observers weren't just having 
me on. My question is, is this typical Sea-eagle behavior? I'd be interested if 
anyone else has heard of similar observations.
Gary Oliver 

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