White-bellied Sea Eagle regurgitating fishing line?

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“It is a marvel what photographic images can capture. Often, moments that are too quick or sudden for our eyes could be captured unwittingly in our pictures. Some of these images could throw up clues or details that can be studied later and in the luxury of time.

“Closer scrutiny of images of the White-Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) posted earlier (that was being mobbed by crows) revealed that, at one stage, regurgitating (or was it vomiting?) took place. Attached are cropped images showing the sequence of the eagle’s regurgitation that may be of interest.

“Before the regurgitation of some fluid-like substance, the eagle was in an awkward stance with its neck stretched and hunched (above).

“In the images above, some thread-like fluid could be seen falling out from its beak onto the structure of the TV antenna. If you look closely, the substance in the image on the right resembles a fishing line.

“The “fishing line” is also visible in the image on the left, clinging on and dripping from the dark rectangular bar.

“Surprisingly, during the period of regurgitation, a moment of respite occurred for the eagle when the crows were watching its behaviour instead of taking that opportune time to gain the upper hand.”

Kwong Wai Chong
Singapore
26th November 2009

Note: Is it possible that the eagle earlier ate a fish with part of the line still attached to it? If so, there must be a hook somewhere…

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  1. […] Bird Ecology Study Group » White-bellied Sea Eagle regurgitating fishing line? besgroup.talfrynature.com/2009/11/29/white-bellied-sea-eagle-regurgitating-fishing-line – view page – cached “It is a marvel what photographic images can capture. Often, moments that are too quick or sudden for our eyes could be captured unwittingly in our pictures. Some of these images could throw up… Read more“It is a marvel what photographic images can capture. Often, moments that are too quick or sudden for our eyes could be captured unwittingly in our pictures. Some of these images could throw up clues or details that can be studied later and in the luxury of time. Read less […]

  2. […] There was even an occasion when a White-bellied Sea-eagle swallowed a short line possibly with the hook still attached LINK. […]

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