Rabbit numbers seem to be on the rise again – not good news for our bush and farmland, but the raptors at least are happy. One local species that is partial to ‘bunnies’ is the Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides. The bird photographed below was part of a mixed raptor flock, that included Whistling Kites, Brown Falcons and at least one Black Kite, near the railway overpass on the Moolort Plains. The bird was unperturbed by my presence, cruising past a number of times before settling spectacularly on the roof of a nearby shed.
This species and the Whistling Kite are quite similar and sometimes confused in the field. A friendly ‘whistler’ passed over as the eagle was resting allowing a nice comparison. I’ll follow-up soon with a post showing the differences.