You’ll be pleased …

… 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.

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Wedge-tailed Eagles (approaching fledging), Newstead area, 21st November 2014.

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The adult about to depart, flanked by the young eagles.

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Note what looks like a magpie or chough feather behind the rabbit carcass.

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The larger nestling attacking the rabbit carcass.

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The colour difference between the youngsters is quite pronounced.

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.

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The smaller, lighter coloured youngster flexing its wings.

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Their barely feathered necks give a ‘vulture-like’ impression.

It’s a little difficult to gauge how close they are to taking their first training flights – it will certainly be a wonderful sight!

One response to “You’ll be pleased …

  1. Yes, I’m very pleased to see those young ones, and yes, vulture-like is a term that springs to mind when looking at their baldy necks……..

    A couple of years ago a bushfire went through my property at Clydesdale and amongst other destruction three magnificent, old dead yellow gums were burnt to nothing. I so miss the wedge-tails that used to come over and perch on the topmost branches of those trees, monarchs of all they surveyed. Every year they brought their fledgling (one year two youngsters) over to check out the rabbits and encourage the young one do some hunting on its own. The youngster would spend weeks loudly begging for food. Once I saw all three on the ground, near a rabbit warren. There was some rather clumsy leaping about by the birds.

    Now I see them only rarely, high overhead, but good to see them even at a distance.

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