What's so special about it?
|Little Eagle; Photo by 'Parks Victoria'|
Where can I see one?
The Little Eagle is found right across Australia, showing a preference for lightly-wooded hills and inland ranges where it can search the ground for prey as it soars. Two recent sightings in the Brisbane area have come from the suburbs of Wacol and Hemmant, though these birds are likely to have just been passing through, and do not hold permanent territories in the area.
Is there anything similar near Brisbane?
|Square-tailed Kite; Photo by Akos Lumnitzer|
The Little Eagle can be confused with the similar - and much more common - Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus). Both birds have a pale panel towards the end of their long wings, but this panel is joined to the body by a thin pale strip in the case of the eagle, forming an 'M' shape. Square-tailed Kites (Lophoictinia isura) also have a pale panel in their wings, but their barred 'finger feathers' sets them apart from the black-tipped eagle. Both kite species also have a longer tail and wings than the eagle.
Square-tailed Kite photograph by Akos Lumnitzer, from his excellent 'A Matter of Light' photography page.