An observation of the White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster preying on Saltwater Crocodile hatchlings Crocodylus porosus in Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, India

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Nimain Charan Palei
Bhakta Padarbinda Rath
Bimal Prasanna Acharya


During our regular monitoring of Salt Water Crocodile in Bhitarakanika National Park in Odisha, eastern India, we for the first time photographed the predation of a hatchling Salt Water Crocodile by a White-bellied Sea Eagle. This information is very crucial as it aid in understanding the natural history of the species.

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Nimain Charan Palei, Office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751007, India.



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