Haliaeetus leucogaster (70 to 90cm)
The White-bellied Sea-Eagle is a very large bird with white body and black and grey wings, typically seen soaring in circles over the Nungurner shoreline and adjacent land on broad wings held in an upswept V.
It feeds on large fish, birds, etc. Many breeding pairs maintain territories across the Gippsland Lakes, mainly in winter-spring. Their nest is a huge structure of sticks usually in a large eucalypt, added to over years.
Pairs duet in loud goose like “honks”. This eagle is listed as “vulnerable” in Victoria, athough the population around the Gippsland Lakes is thought to be stable.