White-bellied Sea-Eagle

This unmistakeable large bird of prey is a common sight in coastal and near coastal areas of Australia, however they are rarer along the Victorian coastline. Adults have white on the head, rump and underparts and dark grey on the back and wings. In flight the contrasting black flight feathers are easily visible from below. Young birds may be confused with the Wedge-tailed Eagle, but differ in having a paler head and tail and more steeply upswept wings when soaring. Food consists mainly of fish, turtles and nestlings from seabird colonies. The call is a loud “goose-like” honking. White-bellied Sea-Eagles form lifelong pairs that inhabit permanent territories. 

Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucogaster