Little Eagle encounter

Over the years in my excursions through the Mia Mia I’ve often seen Little Eagles. A pair has bred with regular success and it is not unusual to see the birds circling in search of rabbits – an easy task, as they are abundant in the valley. We had a lovely encounter with two birds yesterday – the urgent cackling of a juvenile alerted me to their presence – it was perched with an adult in a River Red-gum directly above us.

Little Eagles come in pale and dark morphs, the adult pictured below is a pale morph, while the juvenile is a rich rufous underneath, similar to the dark morph.

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Little Eagle (juvenile), Mia Mia Track, 24th January 2016

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Little Eagle (pale morph adult)

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Juvenile clamouring for attention

4 responses to “Little Eagle encounter

  1. So where’s the rabbit?

  2. Bernie McRitchie

    The rufous bird is definitely a dark morph. The underwing pattern says so. Great shots as usual Geoff.

  3. More fantastic images. Ken

    On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 12:33 PM, Natural Newstead wrote:

    > Geoff Park posted: “Over the years in my excursions through the Mia Mia > I’ve often seen Little Eagles. A pair has bred with regular success and it > is not unusual to see the birds circling in search of rabbits – an easy > task, as they are abundant in the valley. We had a lovel” >

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