Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) on Flickr.
One of the more medium sized raptors to be found in eastern Australia, the Brahminy Kite is also a bird of prey that can fish!
White-bellied fish eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) is a huge powerful raptor that preys on anything from small mammals, birds, fish and snakes. This is one of Australia’s biggest birds of prey, second only to the Wedge-tail Eagle.
Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) are often mis-identified as Australian owls. Frogmouths are actually more closely related to Nightjars although share the nocturnal predatory behaviour of owls. Frogmouths however do not have the same powerful talons that owls have, choosing to take smaller prey with their beak. During the day, they rely heavily on their camouflage, finding a suitable paper bark melaleuca, tilting their heads upwards, shutting their eyes and blending in.
An Australian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) drying its wings in the sun after a fishing session. The Darter is in the same order as cormorants and looks very similar (if not a bit more snakey - hence their nick name “snakebirds”). Very well adapted to an amphibious lifestyle, the bird inhabits and hunts for fish in both freshwater and brackish water environments, very rarely in salty or estuarine habitats
The Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) is a beautiful bird found throughout Indonesia, PNG and Australia searching around for small inverts in scrubby eucalypt forest, sub-tropical and tropical rainforest.
The Wedge-tail Eagles (Aquila audax) are Australia’s largest raptor, with a 2.5m wingspan and a diamond shaped tail they are unmistakable in flight and with talons bigger than my hands they can take prey up to the size of lambs or foxes…..seriously impressive bird!
Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Galbula ruficauda) in the Tobago Rainforest, Caribbean.