… to learn that the pair of Wedge-tailed Eagle nestlings that I’ve been following are doing well. Last evening I had a rare, but brief encounter with one of the parents, visiting the nest with a rabbit. Not happy with my arrival it headed off and left the young eagles to devour the carcass.
Both of the young birds look very healthy but, the smaller individual is quite a bit lighter and more honey-coloured, typical first year plumage. It will be interesting to compare these differences when they fledge, as males are about 25% smaller than females.
It’s a little difficult to gauge how close they are to taking their first training flights – it will certainly be a wonderful sight!