… coming up for the local rabbit population!
The white fluffy shape in this massive nest is not one, but …
… two tiny eaglets – nestling Wedge-tailed Eagles.
The nest site is high up in a Grey Box tree with a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside.
This species is undergoing a real resurgence, with a numerous pairs to be found in the Newstead district. Rabbits make up a large proportion of their diet, up to 90% in some areas, although they adjust their hunting to prey availability.
Wedge-tailed Eagles were persecuted for many years for supposedly killing lambs. Bounties were offered for dead eagles, and large numbers were poisoned or shot – 147,237 in Western Australia in 1928 -1968 and 162,430 in Queensland in 1951-1966.
Thankfully times have changed and this species is now almost universally revered.