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proud to be a wedge-tailed eagle

Followed this one for ages in the scrub to get a shot - amazing creature. It let me get to about 60 metres from the tree to take shots before taking off in the late afternoon.

 

Description

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is a large brown eagle with long-feathered legs and a diamond or wedge shaped tail - unfortunately not showing very well in this shot. The tail shape is prominent when seen soaring. It flies with slow powerful wing beats, and soars and circles at great heights.

 

Size

about 1m long with wingspan of up to 2.5m

 

Habitat

found in wide range of territory from mountain forests to open plains.

 

Food

rabbits, rodents, small marsupials, birds

 

Breeding

The nest is a large structure of dead sticks, usually reused for years and can reach 1.8m across. Nests have a shallow cup on the top, lined with fresh twigs and leaves. Lays two white eggs with reddish brown spots and blotches

 

Range

throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea.

   

Classification

Class:Aves

Order:Falconiformes

Family:Accipitridae

Genus:Aquila

Species:audax

Common Name:Wedge-tailed Eagle

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Taken on May 7, 2012