White-Bellied Sea Eagle.
White-Bellied Sea Eagle. Keith Ireland

Bird of prey takes flight on the 'wild side'

ONE of the great tourist attractions of our area is the Koorana Crocodile Farm and the owners John and Lillian are friends of mine.

They have kindly allowed me to go there at different times to photograph the abundant number of birds that visit or are resident in the surrounding trees and waterways.

On this particular occasion, they had told me how the beautiful White bellied Sea Eagles often arrived at feeding time and waited in the nearby trees.

As soon as the person feeding or if it was a tourist group, had moved on, down they would come to pick up any items that the crocodiles had missed or not eaten yet.

I was able to tag along with a group but after the people had moved on to the next point of interest, I stayed quietly where I had a good view of the pool where the crocodiles had just been fed.

The first eagle to move dropped in a steady glide, claws down and scooped a piece of food out of the water and soared back up into a dead tree nearby.

Several sweeps were made by different birds but what thrilled me the most was to see one of the sea eagles land on a post no more than twenty meters away from me.

From there it surveyed its surroundings which included having a good look at me as well.

It must have decided that I was no threat even though I had the camera up to my eye and was snapping continuously.

After quite some time, it must have spotted some delicacy in the water because it suddenly dived down , scooped it up and headed towards the open sea.



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