white-bellied sea eagles (haliaeetus leucogaster)

White-bellied Sea Eagle (juvenile)

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We’ve frequently seen a nesting pair of white-bellied sea eagles (haliaeetus leucogaster) on our jaunts to Megancub Island but this was a first right here in our own back yard on a tidal river in San Isidro here on Siargao Island.

The picture here is of a juvenile white-bellied sea eagle and we’re keeping an eye out for the adults and the nest.

A juvenile white-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
A juvenile white-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) in flight.

At first I thought it just might be a grey-headed fish eagle. The juveniles of these two species are quite similar in appearance. But this proved to be a white-bellied sea eagle.

Someone did tease me about getting excited over what they said was “just a crow”. This vocal raptor was about fifty percent larger than the crows that we see here daily and had obvious and distinctive raptor characteristics. Here’s a large-billed (jungle) crow in one of our gemalina trees. There really isn’t that much of a similarity is there?

Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)

 

 


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