Category Archives: Cairn Curran

Kites 4 … Eagles 0

Late yesterday afternoon I took a stroll at Cairn Curran in search of sea-eagles.

Alas, not an eagle in sight but a party of four Whistling Kites were patrolling the shores on a gathering wind.

Whistling Kite, Cairn Curran @ Welshmans reef, 11th September 2016

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Fun watching pelicans

Watching Australian Pelicans is always rewarding. When the birds are relaxed and roosting they will regularly perform a series of stretching exercises with their bill that are designed to maintain the gular pouch in supple and flexible condition. This behaviour is shared by all of the different species of pelicans, of which there are eight worldwide.

Australian Pelicans, Cairn Curran, 1st September 2017

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Australian pelican in flight

Australian Pelicans don’t quite match White-bellied Sea-eagle for ‘wow’ factor but they are still well worth capturing in flight. This bird was spotted in the company of sea-eagles earlier in the week at Welshman’s Reef.

Australian Pelican, Welshman’s Reef, 14th August 2017

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Sea-eagles #3

Better light and a closer approach this time.

These images were collected just moments after I witnessed a thrilling encounter between two White-bellied Sea-eagles and a lone Wedge-tailed Eagle that had apparently transgressed into their territory. More on that later.

White-bellied Sea-eagle (immature), Welshman’s Reef, 14th August 2017

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Wedge-tailed Eagle and White-bellied Sea-eagle duelling

Sea-eagles #2

Another episode from my fraternising with sea-eagles at the weekend. This ‘pair’ consists of an immature/subadult, seen here arriving at the perch to disturb its partner, a fully fledged adult bird. White-bellied Sea-eagles are a joy to behold in flight – I feel so fortunate to be able to see them on a regular basis.

White-bellied Sea-eagles, Welshman’s Reef, 13th August 2017

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Sea-eagles #1

This is one of two immature White-bellied Sea-eagles seen late yesterday near Welshman’s Reef – what a majestic sight!

White-bellied Sea-eagle, Welshman’s Reef, 13th August 2017

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Balancing act

This Willie Wagtail provided a cameo performance at Picnic Point recently – leaving its perch to snatch a tiny insect from the surface of the lake with wonderful dexterity.

Willie Wagtail, Cairn Curran (near Picnic Point), 2nd August 2017

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