Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sea-Eagle catch carries catches

All go for immature White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) above coastal cattle country today.

First, male Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) rises in David v Goliath attack.

Pint-size Peewee gets to see the mighty talons.

Point made and points taken, moving on.

What's that, down there?

Oops, sorry madam. 

Female Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) gets in a flap.

But she's not the target.

Got you this time.

Off to down the catch.

First, must fight off thieving Black Kite (Milvus migrans).

All inside ten minutes of second- or third-year bird's morning.


mick said...

Once again - a fantastic series. I wonder how often that many bird interactions happen in such a short time.

Duncan said...

Great stuff once again Tony.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Mick: I've not seen so many clear interactions in such short time before. Many smaller birds will rise to challenge raptors and others, such as crows. Having the eagle chasing a fish so close to where the storks were stalking the shallows was the great bonus. Only regret is having to jump out of car and having to handhold camera, with all the action more than 50 metres on other side of barbed wire fence.

Thank you Duncan. BTW, admired your moving recent journey through the years.

Lucky said...

Great series of events Tony. Shows that size doesn't matter in the bird world.

Tyto Tony said...

Specially if the little 'un is black and white!

Russell Constable said...

Nice series of photos Tony and you well captured! Whenever I visit your blog I get an overpowering urge to purchase a quality SLR camera!

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