White-bellied Sea Eagle in battling a crow

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“In response to the posting on the White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) being mobbed by six crows, I would like to share a similar event that I watched on 30th January 2007. The location was Gunung Rapat in Ipoh. This location is fairly inland but have seen White-bellied Sea-eagle intermittently near the limestone hills.

“My wife and I were watching a serpent eagle circling high up when suddenly an aerial battle between a crow and a juvenile White-bellied Sea-eagle intervened. The crow was the primary aggressor. It flew in and nipped the right wing of the eagle (above). It then continued to chase the eagle with further attempts at damage.

“The battle continued for close to 10 minutes with many positions taken by the eagle as can be seen in the shots above. Felt almost like a “kung fu” battle at times.

“The crow won the battle, possibly because it was protecting a nest or the eagle was too young to adequately retaliate. Wish we had a video!

“As we were watching near a road, quite a few passersby stopped to ask what we were watching and to join in.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
27th November 2009

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