Worth asking if the observers
are familiar with the identification of Osprey & Sea-eagle and don’t just
use the term loosely. The words He’s not a birder, but he’s
reliable nonetheless. Suggest the observation would be real, though the identification
could easily be wrong.
The words “hit the water”
would also appear to be very relevant (as well as “:emerge”) and
are certainly suggestive of Osprey. Sea-eagles snatch prey from the water
surface in a passing fly by, without getting more than their feet wet. Ospreys
go into the water with a splash.
[ On Behalf Of Geoff
Hutchinson via Birding-Aus
Sent: Wednesday, 16 June, 2021 9:11 AM
To: Tony Ashton; Birding-aus; Gordon Cain
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Sea Eagle double catch
said more than likely not an Eagle but it would have been an Osprey, and yes it
On Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 09:01:18 am AEST, Gordon Cain
‘Emerge’ was my imprecise language, not his. I’ve only seen a
sea eagle grab a fish once — and my two sons both got a far better view of it
than I did!
Gordon in Schofields, NW
On 15 Jun 2021, at 5:54 pm,
Tony Ashton <> wrote:
Not so rare. Snatch and double grab on school of fish given the
bird will react to what its talons touch.
But your friend was wrong to suggest eagle emerged with the
fish. Eagles don't plunge underwater.
On Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 2:53 PM Gordon Cain <>
A friend of mine was
yesterday at Garie Beach, Royal NP, south of Sydney.
He watched a Sea
Eagle fly off a cliff, hit the water, and emerge with two fish. ‘Either two
fish, or a fish with two tails!’
Has anyone seen or
heard of such a sight before?
He’s not a birder,
but he’s reliable nonetheless.
Schofields, NW Sydney
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