Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eagle eyes?

Help requested!
These photos leave much to be desired in many respects, however, I was trying out my new camera and tripod in some local wetlands and suddenly saw what appeared to be an eagle. Am wondering whether one of our many bird watchers might be able to assist in identifying it and perhaps even explain what the eagle might have been doing?
(I have this impression that eagles build their aeries on high, not on the ground).
Wedge-tailed eagles are fairly common here in South Australia - could this be one?

This next shot gives an idea of the bird's wingspan.
(I'll aim to get better shots, given the opportunity, in future, but meantime hope someone has the patience and interest to help out with an ID!)
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Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

I have no idea Valerie, but I'm sure someone will be able to answer this question!
Happy camera experimenting!
Duncan In Kuantan

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I think that the beak is too small in relation to the head for it to be wedge tail - I suspect it may be a harrier of some sort - but thats little more than wild speculation really!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Sandy said...

Lovely photos and it's so nice
your able to get such good
subjects.. Sorry but I can't
help with the question.

Island Rambles Blog said...

If Stewart does not know then I don't know who will know what kind of eagle it is...our eagles are much different, Bald eagles and Golden eagles here. It does have a huge wing span though. Perhaps some of the local residents of the area will know.

Valerie said...

Stewart: Many thanks for the suggested ID - I think you may be right. Simpson & Day's Field Guide to Australian Birds shows a Swamp or Marsh Harrier which creates its chosen breeding site by trampling in long grass or swampland.

All: thank you for stopping by and commenting

jennyfreckles said...

Impressive looking bird and nicely photographed. I don't suppose it would correlate with any of our British birds. What an exciting sight on your visit.

DeniseinVA said...

Great photoessays Valerie!

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