Bird of preyHieraaetus (Hieraaetus) morphnoides

Little Eagle at Tathra, NSW

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Hieraaetus (Hieraaetus) morphnoides at Tathra, NSW - 17 Oct 2016
Hieraaetus (Hieraaetus) morphnoides at Tathra, NSW - 17 Oct 2016
Hieraaetus (Hieraaetus) morphnoides at Tathra, NSW - 17 Oct 2016

Identification history

Bird of prey Hieraaetus (Hieraaetus) morphnoides 1 Nov 2016 Leo193
Bird of prey Haliastur sphenurus 1 Nov 2016 JackieMiles1K
Bird of prey Hieraaetus (Hieraaetus) morphnoides 1 Nov 2016 KerryVance143

2 comments

JackieMiles1K wrote:
   1 Nov 2016
Given that ocean appears to be the backdrop, Whistling Kite is far more likely - they hang out on the coast a lot, and are the same size and general colouration.
Leo193 wrote:
   1 Nov 2016
All markings are consistent with a dark morph Little Eagle (see "Birds of Prey of Australia" by Stephen Debus, or HANZAB).
Whistling Kites are similar (and more common in our region) but there have been other Little Eagle sightings this year (Panboola, Mandeni, Tathra) so they are around.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 17 Oct 2016 Recorded on
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