Bird of prey giving Trigg Point locals a fishing lesson

Photo: Ben Grummels
Photo: Ben Grummels
Photo: Ben Grummels
Photo: Ben Grummels
Photo: Ben Grummels
Photo: Ben Grummels
Photo: Ben Grummels Photo: Ben Grummels Photo: Ben Grummels Photo: Ben Grummels Photo: Ben Grummels Photo: Ben Grummels

THERE is a new attraction at Trigg Beach that has locals buzzing.

But the debate is on as to whether it is a sea eagle or a large osprey that has taken up residence on a sign on the limestone rocks at Trigg Point.

Families with small children have been thrilled to see the predator dive-bombing into the water near surfers to catch substantial fish with its big claws.

English visitor Suki Farris was asleep under the Trigg Point sign on the weekend when a big shadow blotted out the sun above her.

It was the sea eagle coming in to land just two metres above her.

“It was amazing to see it so close,” she said.

“At first I thought it was an osprey, but it was too big to be an osprey – I was really excited.”

Local surfers say the sea eagle has been flying in from Rottnest for lunch in the Blue Hole, where it has been catching silver bream local fishermen would be proud of.

Ms Farris (23) watched as the raptor returned to the sign with the catch of the day.

“It was a big fish as well – it was beautiful,” she said.

Local authorities have warned people to stay clear of the bird of prey because of its sharp beak and talons, and so that it can be allowed to enjoy its natural habitat.