Juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle in flight

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“I have taken to bringing my equipment in my backpack when we go out cycling. These were taken at 7.30am when light was still low. My wife and I had stopped to watch some egrets feeding in a large fish breeding pond when we spotted this eagle coming in (above, below).

“There are two locations in the city, both limestone hills with ex-mining pools used for fish farming, where White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) breed. This bird had come in for the fish the egrets were catching.

“Unfortunately this juvenile (first year) was first harassed by a Jungle Crow. Partly captured on video (handheld, above). I have seen this previously and posted some images on OBI, see this post at BESG: LINK.

“Subsequently an adult White-bellied Fish-Eagle that was on a tall pylon overlooking the pond also chased it away (above).

“There are two possibilities here. One, that it is time for this juvenile to leave and the adult is indicating this. Or else this juvenile has strayed into the feeding area of another adult’s territory.

“The juvenile swung round and then flew right over us to give some great views.

“[The image above is a flight composite of the juvenile].”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
28th October 2012

Location: Tambun, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Semi-urban location, limestone hills nearby with ex-mining pools
Conditions: Early morning, out cycling

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