To: Andrew Bell <>
Subject: Ospreys
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:41:34 +0930
Annotated List of Top End Birds (1991) by Thompson and Goodfellow gives a 
record of nesting in upper South Alligator River in early mid 1980’s, and 
reports that it is an occasional visitor to Katherine Gorge.    

Once while carrying out surveys in the headwaters of the Douglas River (near 
Pine Creek) a sea-eagle flew into camp pursuing a little red flying-fox.  On 
capturing it, the bird sat in a dead tree above my camp and ate it, dropping 
gore all over my tent.

Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841

PhD candidate
Vice-chair Wildlife Tourism Australia  

On 31 Mar 2014, at 7:22 pm, Andrew Bell <> wrote:

>>> Not often seen inland, but saw one lift a fish from the  Katherine River in 
>>> Katherine (about 300km inland) a few years ago.  I did hear a rumour many 
>>> years ago that there had been a pair in Katherine gorge. I haven't seen one 
>>> locally for a few years.
>>> We have a pair of sea eagles along the river in town at the moment, 
>>> presumably feeding on the little red fruit bats. I've also watched sea 
>>> eagles feeding on carrion on the road here, not such a classy look as 
>>> catching a barra from a billabong!
>>> Cheers 
>>> Cheers
>>> Andrew Bell
>>> Katherine NT
>>>> On 31 Mar 2014, at 12:09 pm, "david robertson" <> 
>>>> wrote:
>>>> It has always puzzled me that whereas in other parts of the world,
>>>> especially the northern hemisphere, it is quite common to see ospreys 
>>>> inland
>>>> but not, usually, in Australia.  White-bellied Sea Eagles yes, but Ospreys
>>>> are usually coastal
>>>> David Robertson
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