The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder’s (CEWH) Science Program funds the Flow Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (Flow–MER).

We would like to acknowledge the Kurnu-Baakandji People who are the Traditional Owners of the Warriku (Warrego) and Baaka (Darling) Rivers and the Gomeroi People who are the Traditional Owners of the Guwayda (Gwydir) catchment and surrounds. Thank you for sharing your Country and knowledge of the land, water and life with us. We pay respects to Elders past and present.

Author Tamara Kermode.

Figure 3 Curious little eagle flying over waterbird surveyors. Photo credit Tamara Kermode.

The little eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) is a threatened raptor species in New South Wales. Although secure in other States, the little eagle’s distribution has been negatively influenced by land clearing and urbanisation. Little eagles, as their name suggests are small, yet powerful stocky eagles. They are similar in size to whistling kites and are also lightly coloured, as can be seen in Figure 1, which can make it confusing to tell the two species apart.

Little eagles prefer woodland, forested and open country, tending to favour more arid environments. Prey choices include rabbits, other live mammals and insects. These raptors can benefit greatly from floods and may be found hunting for prey escaping the flood waters. The little eagle can be very vocal. During breeding season, you can hear them calling with whistles, chatters, whines and squeals (listen to the audio file below).

Managing water for the environment is a collective and collaborative effort, working in partnership with communities, private landholders, scientists and government agencies – these contributions are gratefully acknowledged.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live, work and play. We also pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.