The white-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), also known as the white-breasted sea eagle, is a large diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. Originally described by Johann Friedrich Gmelin in 1788, it is closely related to Sanford's sea eagle of the Solomon Islands, and the two are considered a superspecies. A distinctive bird, the adult white-bellied sea eagle has a white head, breast, under-wing coverts and tail. The upper parts are grey and the black under-wing flight feathers contrast with the white coverts. The tail is short and wedge-shaped as in all Haliaeetus species. Like many raptors, the female is slightly larger than the male, and can measure up to 90 cm (35 in) long with a wingspan of up to 2.2 m (7.2 ft), and weigh 4.5 kg (9.9 lb). Immature birds have brown plumage, which is gradually replaced by white until the age of five or six years. The call is a loud goose-like honking.

Resident from India and Sri Lanka through Southeast Asia to Australia on coasts and major waterways, the white-bellied sea eagle breeds and hunts near water, and fish form around half of its diet. Opportunistic, it consumes carrion and a wide variety of animals. Although rated of Least Concern globally, it has declined in parts of southeast Asia such as Thailand, and southeastern Australia. It is ranked as Threatened in Victoria and Vulnerable in South Australia and Tasmania. Human disturbance to its habitat is the main threat, both from direct human activity near nests which impacts on breeding success, and from removal of suitable trees for nesting. The white-bellied sea eagle is revered by indigenous people in many parts of Australia, and is the subject of various folk tales throughout its range.
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Date Location Count
2019-10-19 11:30Akshi Beach, Alibaug, Raigad1
2019-10-17 06:30Chorao Island3
2019-10-13 10:33Carambolim Lake & Surroundings (IBA)1
2019-10-15 11:00Carambolim- Dhado Wetland Complex- IBA1
2019-10-20 07:09Kodi bengre-Kemmannu , Udupi, Karnataka1
2019-10-20 06:52Gujjarbettu Paddyfields1
2019-10-16 17:03MADAYI PARA1
2019-10-12 09:00Kadamakkudy2
2019-10-17 06:00Wilpattu National Park3
2019-10-18 08:58Attidiya Bird Sanctuary1
2019-10-11 11:15Kolabada1
2019-10-13 14:27Bentota2
2019-10-11 08:21Uda Walawe NP2
2019-10-19 07:11Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary1
2019-10-09 14:30Bundala National Park (General)2
2019-10-17 14:30Chidiyatapu4
2019-10-13 05:30Chidiyatapu reserve forest1
2019-10-12 05:45Chidiya Tapu1
2019-10-08 08:00Radhanagar beach, Havelock island1
2019-10-20 07:30Laem Son NP--Bang Ben beach and headquarters vicinity1
2019-10-12 15:02Ao Phang-nga NP--headquarters vicinity1
2019-10-19 07:29Khao Dinsor (Khao Dinso) / Chumphon Raptor Center1
2019-10-21 10:10Laem Thaen (Thaen sandspit)2
2019-10-16 15:30Pak Thale salt pans and mud flats1
2019-10-12 10:11Hat Wanakon NP (general area)1
2019-10-13 15:39Khao Sam Roi Yot NP (general area)3
2019-10-10 09:00Gunung Keriang Recreational Park1
2019-10-20 10:00Pantai Aceh mangroves and trail2
2019-10-20 07:40Sungai Burung, Pulau Pinang4
2019-10-12 09:30Penang Youth Park1
2019-10-17 13:00Gurney Drive and Straits Quay mudflats1
2019-10-19 10:45Air Hitam Dalam Forest Reserve1
2019-10-11 07:25Pulau Burung Landfill2
2019-10-21 06:54Kuala Selangor Nature Park1
2019-10-14 07:15Sungai Balang rice fields1
2019-10-15 07:30Gunung Arong Recreational Forest2
2019-10-12 16:20Mersing Beach1
2019-10-19 10:20Tuas South (Tuas South Avenue 16 and surrounds)1
2019-10-08 17:30Tioman Island1
2019-10-19 11:40Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve2
2019-10-19 16:30Neo Tiew Harvest Lane1
2019-10-20 07:28Kranji Marsh1
2019-10-18 17:06Kranji Dam/Kranji Reservoir Park1
2019-10-21 16:36Thomson Nature Park2
2019-10-11 09:22Kent Ridge Park2
2019-10-15 15:00Singapore Botanic Gardens2
2019-10-20 10:43Henderson Waves2
2019-10-10 16:00Bidadari1
2019-10-10 17:06Marina Bay Sands1
2019-10-18 07:48Satay by the Bay1
2019-10-13 15:18Lorong Halus Wetland1
2019-10-12 08:34Pasir Ris Park1
2019-10-20 08:21Pulau Ubin7
2019-10-16 12:00Changi Business Park1
2019-10-20 07:15Changi Beach Park1
2019-10-21 10:30Kubah National Park1
2019-10-10 08:00Bako NP1
2019-10-21 12:30Pulau Mantanani Besar1
2019-10-20 06:02Tempasuk Plain1
2019-10-11 10:00Brgy. Gabu Norte East--Fishponds, Laoag (restricted access)1
2019-10-19 14:57Badjao Seafront Restaurant, Puerto Princesa1
2019-10-18 16:30Sepilok--Rainforest Discovery Center1
2019-10-13 12:30Pulau Selingaan (Turtle Islands National Park)3
2019-10-15 06:10Danum Valley--Borneo Rainforest Lodge1
2019-10-12 06:30Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary1
2019-10-16 09:09Kinabatangan River--Sukau3
2019-10-13 10:24Lahad Datu--seafront1
2019-10-10 07:30TN Alas Purwo (general)1
2019-10-17 06:35Danau Tamblingan1
2019-10-19 06:30Pasonanca Natural Park, Zamboanga City--Baluno2
2019-10-20 07:45Grande Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga City1
2019-10-08 06:20Chinamans Pool Nature Reserve1
2019-10-16 09:23South Hedland Wastewater Treatment Plant1
2019-10-18 07:37Cooke Point Holiday Park1
2019-10-19 06:12Barred Creek1
2019-10-12 16:20Crescent Lake (Willie Creek) (restricted access)1
2019-10-21 14:34Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant1
2019-10-11 11:05Richards Point (Roebuck Bay)1
2019-10-13 16:32Tagaranna Bore Woodland2
2019-10-14 05:16Broome Bird Observatory1
2019-10-20 07:23Northern Shores (Roebuck Bay)1
2019-10-11 07:42One Tree (Roebuck Bay)1
2019-10-12 06:05Crab Creek Mangroves (Roebuck Bay)1
2019-10-10 16:11Roebuck Plains Station (BBO and Jabiru Paddocks)1
2019-10-18 17:18Lake Joondalup1
2019-10-17 12:21Coodanup Reserve1
2019-10-12 07:40Nairns (Coodanup)1
2019-10-21 15:53Torndirrup National Park--Cave Point Lighthouse1
2019-10-08 05:15Cheyne Beach1
2019-10-08 14:30Cheyne Beach, Beach access loop track2
2019-10-17 07:10Knuckey Lagoons CR--Snipe Swamp1
2019-10-09 10:10Marrakai Track1
2019-10-19 12:27Corroboree Billabong2
2019-10-09 07:00Kakadu National Park--Yellow Water6
2019-10-08 15:03Kakadu National Park--Ubirr2
2019-10-17 09:00Kakadu National Park--Guluyumbi Cruise (East Alligator River)1
2019-10-15 05:21Wasur NP--Information Center2
2019-10-08 08:28Endeavour River mouth Cooktown1
2019-10-11 09:00Upper Daintree Rd1
2019-10-21 06:15Daintree Village Boat Cruise1
2019-10-13 08:38Mt Molloy--Bakers Rd1
2019-10-17 08:37McDougall Rd, Julatten1
2019-10-16 06:16Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge1
2019-10-09 15:00Kuranda Rainforest Accommodation Lodge1
2019-10-10 08:33Cattana Wetlands2
2019-10-15Southwest National Park--Melaleuca2
2019-10-20 09:30Fitzroy Island1
2019-10-11 13:00Flinders Chase National Park1
2019-10-13 06:55Warrina Lakes Park, Innisfail1
2019-10-17Cape Bruny (Bruny Island)2
2019-10-12 06:06Daniels Bay (Bruny Island)1
2019-10-09 07:00Lucinda1
2019-10-20 06:09Taylors Beach1
2019-10-18Ferry Terminal, Roberts Pt (Bruny Island)1
2019-10-20 12:50Bruny Island Ferry Crossing1
2019-10-09 16:39Bushland Beach1
2019-10-20 06:29Townsville Town Common Conservation Park1
2019-10-21 06:35Townsville Town Common--Pandanus Viewing Area1
2019-10-09 09:50Scott Creek / Brenda Park1
2019-10-20 14:32Clarence Plains Rivulet Saltmarsh1
2019-10-14 07:15Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip1
2019-10-21 12:30Orielton Lagoon1
2019-10-13 10:42Lake Dulverton Conservation Area (Oatlands)1
2019-10-16 12:26Eungella Dam--Visitor and Camping Area2
2019-10-16 11:32Rocky Cape National Park1
2019-10-18 08:33Don Heads Conservation Area1
2019-10-19 09:37Round Lake (Lake Boga)1
2019-10-15 17:41Port Alma Rd--Eight Mile Ck freshwater wetland1
2019-10-18 16:00Twelve Mile Creek Fishing Reserve (Marmor)1
2019-10-19 17:11Lake Eppalock—Murrowood Lane and Teal Bay1
2019-10-10 14:40Lake Wyangan1
2019-10-14 06:30Gladstone4
2019-10-20 14:39Tahbilk Wetlands and Wildlife Reserve1
2019-10-17 13:41Turkey Beach
2019-10-13 14:33Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
2019-10-16 07:30Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Point Wilson Rd at Beach Rd
2019-10-20 10:45Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons1
2019-10-11 11:00Lake Connewarre--Tait Point1
2019-10-18 08:00Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Lake Borrie1
2019-10-16 07:30Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)1
2019-10-08 08:49Narrandera South1
2019-10-09 10:20Yan Yean Reservoir
2019-10-21 11:45Gum Swamp TSR (Forbes)1
2019-10-11 13:45Phillip Island1
2019-10-11 07:00Rhyll1
2019-10-20 09:15Lady Elliot Island1
2019-10-20 16:30Mon Repos--Information Centre1
2019-10-09 14:47Reef Island Nature Conservation Reserve1
2019-10-13 09:57Nyanza wetland, Gerogery Rd, Table Top (private property)1
2019-10-20 12:00Teddington Weir, Maryborough1
2019-10-11 16:31Granville, suburb of Maryborough1
2019-10-11 07:55Loveday Cove (Lake Cooby)1
2019-10-09 17:49Cape Liptrap Lighthouse1
2019-10-19 16:45Maaroom1
2019-10-13 07:00K'gari (Fraser Island)--Kingfisher Bay Resort1
2019-10-21 08:25Inskip Point1
2019-10-20 11:33Bullock Point Rd1
2019-10-18 06:00Inskip Point Recreation Area2
2019-10-07 17:00Blowering Dam Foreshore at -35.41556, 148.269021
2019-10-17 09:07Great Sandy National Park--Bymien-Lake Poona Track1
2019-10-14 15:19Atkinsons Dam1
2019-10-08 07:30Lake Dyer, Bill Gunn Dam, Laidley1
2019-10-14 08:30Berganns Lane, Witta1
2019-10-18 12:37River Road, Bathurst1
2019-10-13 08:46Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary2
2019-10-12 12:55Adams Rd, Glamorganvale1
2019-10-14 09:38Hillview Ct Reserve, Dayboro1
2019-10-12 16:15Kobble Creek--private Property, near Dayboro (restricted access)1
2019-10-21 06:35Rosewood Wetland on Bremer Rd1
2019-10-21 16:11Lake Samsonvale--Postmans Track1
2019-10-19 06:45Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane (some areas restricted access)2
2019-10-13 16:12Kholo Enviroplan Reserve (Cameron's Scrub) (restricted access)2
2019-10-12 08:15Cumberland Rd, Wights Mountain (restricted access)1
2019-10-18 02:19Colleges Crossing1
2019-10-15 08:57Gold Creek Reservoir1
2019-10-13 07:30Anstead SES Depot (Hawkesbury Rd)1
2019-10-19 09:16Toorbul High Tide Roost1
2019-10-15 08:00Bribie Island1
2019-10-20 10:00Godwin Beach Environmental Reserve1
2019-10-20 09:24Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve1
2019-10-13 08:41Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve1
2019-10-18 14:54Priors Pocket (Moggill)1
2019-10-19 15:02Casuarina Sands Nature Reserve1
2019-10-14 05:49Endeavour Esplanade, Newport1
2019-10-11 05:59Boondall Wetlands Reserve1
2019-10-19 15:45Oxley Creek Common1
2019-10-13 09:29Tabbil-ban dhagun Boardwalk1
2019-10-20 08:25Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve1
2019-10-15 15:53Kedron Brook Bikeway (near Nudgee Golf Club)1
2019-10-20 16:58Sandy Camp Road Wetlands1
2019-10-20 11:46Port of Brisbane Island including visitor centre
2019-10-19 11:33Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost1
2019-10-14 09:10Capalaba Regional Park1
2019-10-13 15:30Wellington Point2
2019-10-15 13:39Moreton Island
2019-10-11 08:46Tarradarrapin Wetlands1
2019-10-21 16:20Wellington Point--Geoff Skinner Reserve1
2019-10-11 13:34Eagleby--Eagleby Rd, south lake2
2019-10-13 08:35Point Halloran Conservation Area1
2019-10-13 05:50Eagleby Wetlands1
2019-10-21 16:30Orchard Rd dam near Scenic Rd (Redland Bay)1
2019-10-19 15:40Deadmans Beach1
2019-10-18 15:30Point Lookout (Stradbroke Island) - Boardwalk Trail1
2019-10-20 16:06Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel)1
2019-10-13 16:14Swift Park (Nerang)1
2019-10-21 13:00Bushells Lagoon1
2019-10-09 13:00Snowy River Mouth2
2019-10-20 08:48Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve at -28.53332, 153.552841
2019-10-16 08:30Cape Conran Coastal Park2
2019-10-19 12:47Cape Conran Coastal Park--Estuary View Walk1
2019-10-19 12:50Cape Conran Coastal Park--Yeerung River Entrance1
2019-10-16 12:24Lisa Road, Wilton1
2019-10-19 12:38Teven Rd Swamp1
2019-10-15 07:18Campbells Common, Cumbalum1
2019-10-12 16:35Gloucester Caravan Park & adjacent Town Park2
2019-10-20 17:05Wurrungwuri Reserve, Moorebank4
2019-10-21 08:00Morpeth2
2019-10-10 11:00Newington2
2019-10-10 16:40Flat Rock (Ballina)1
2019-10-20 12:54Iluka1
2019-10-18 15:45Bundjalung National Park--Woody Head1
2019-10-18 11:15ANSTO Lucas Heights (restricted access)1
2019-10-15 13:00Royal National Park--Karloo Track1
2019-10-20Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--West Head2
2019-10-11 09:23Ash Island1
2019-10-13 13:35Hunter Wetlands Centre (Newcastle)3
2019-10-20 07:06Sandon Estuary1
2019-10-15 07:00Royal National Park1
2019-10-18 13:49Avoca Lagoon1
2019-10-14 06:25Galgabba Pt, Swansea2
2019-10-21 17:49Deeban Spit, Port Hacking1
2019-10-19 11:30Royal National Park--Wattamolla1
2019-10-12 15:00Murramarang National Park--Depot Beach4
2019-10-17 12:02Bundeena1
2019-10-11 15:17Stockton Sandspit1
2019-10-19 10:42Shoalhaven Heads Inlet1
2019-10-21 13:00Bass Point (Shellharbour)1
2019-10-19 09:30Coogee Beach1
2019-10-12 17:00Boat Harbour (Kurnell)1
2019-10-08 12:04Boora Point, Maroubra2
2019-10-21 14:00Booderee National Park--Elmoos Rd1
2019-10-10 13:00Lake Wollumboola east1
2019-10-21 10:30Jervis Bay2
2019-10-13 10:51Saltwater National Park2
2019-10-15 08:49Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar1
2019-10-17 13:54Croajingolong National Park--Big Beach1