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Sea Eagle Pieman River Cruise

During this May’s Tarkine photography workshop we were extremely fortunate to witness this white bellied sea eagle during our Pieman River Cruise one morning. We had chartered the little “Sweetwater” vessel, allowing us a private cruise on the Pieman nice and early in the morning when the morning mist was still dancing with the tips of the giant trees and reflections of this timeless landscape greeted us around every twist and turn of the Pieman and Donaldson rivers.

White bellied sea eagle Tarkine

Our first sighting of the eagle. High in a tree beside the river, scouting the river for a meal.

 

White bellied sea eagle Pieman River Cruise Tarkine

Crop of the image above

 

White bellied sea eagle Tarkine

Quick poo before take off. Lightening the load as it were…

 

White bellied sea eagle Pieman River Cruise

I took multiple shots during the flight. Some weren’t in perfect focus but the thrill of the hunt was very real 🙂

 

White bellied sea eagle Tarkine

Stunning plumage of the Sea Eagle

 

White bellied sea eagle Pieman River Cruise Tarkine

Nailed it 🙂

 

Pieman River Cruise White Bellied Sea Eagle

My favourites – as the eagle left the cover of the forest, this magnificent composition appeared. It was a case of shoot first, ask questions later, as it was all over in a matter of moments…

 

Pieman River Cruise White Bellied Sea Eagle

Another of my favourites. Up close you can even see the “fingers” at the end of each wing – individual feathers that look a lot like fingers that is 😉

These magnificent raptors are not uncommon in the area, and indeed most years we see them, but this one really did put on a nice little flight for us with the giant eucalypts shrouded in mist a stunning backdrop.

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.