Hunting strategies of two raptors

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“I have witnessed successful hunting of fish by two of our local eagles – the White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) (below left) at Jurong Lake and the Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) (below right) at East Coast.


“I noticed that while the White-bellied Sea Eagle has a rather gentle approach to catch its prey, the Brahminy Kite closed its wings and dived down to its prey. I was wondering whether they are the result of different conditions (gentle lake versus choppy sea) or different strategies for survival adopted by the two different eagles.

“I also noticed that they hunted when it was cooler i.e. when the sun is hidden by the clouds or when the storm clouds gather.

Myron Tay
July 2008


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