As I mentioned before, I’ve never actually seen a sea-eagle properly. These pictures were taken by my husband on his trip to the Northern Territories, east of Darwin, in a place called Corroboree Billabong.
He was only there for a few hours yet he managed to see at least 6 of these lovely birds, and fairly close too. They seemed to realise that the people on the cruise boat were no threat.
If you want to see a white-bellied sea-eagle in action but, like me, you aren’t near a good viewing spot, try this. It’s the white-bellied sea-eagle cam, a live stream from a nest in Sydney. It’s been running for several years. As I type the eggs are due to hatch any minute.
As the clouds rolled in this one realised the photo opportunity was coming to an end and flew away. Their wingspan is over 2m so it’s quite an impressive sight.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before I see a sea-eagle for myself. If not, I’ll have to save up for a trip to the Northern Territories.
Although it was the sea-eagles who stole the show, these whistling kites were quite cooperative too. The one on the left is a juvenile.