A rest from chasing bunnies

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.

Little Eagle in level flight, Moolort Plains, 3rd December 2012.

Little Eagle in level flight, Moolort Plains, 3rd December 2012.

Note the feathered legs ... a disinctive feature of eagles.

Note the feathered legs … a distinctive feature of eagles.

I'm not quite sure what the attraction of this perch was!

I’m not quite sure what the attraction of this perch was!

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s