Flight of the Eagle

There’s nothing more ‘outback’ than the sight of a Wedge-tailed eagle gliding through the brilliant blue skies. We were oh so lucky to stumble upon five wedgies gorging on a dingo carcass about 100m from the side of the track in Western Queensland. These birds are notoriously difficult to photograph but I hopped from the car and managed to walk to within a metre of one eagle who was not too keen on giving up his prey. Wedge-tailed eagles are the largest bird of prey in Australia with a wingspan of up to 2.2 metres and are therefore magnificent to watch.

There were five wedge-tailed eagle chewing on the dingo carcass when we first arrived.

There were five wedge-tailed eagle chewing on the dingo carcass when we first arrived.

The eagle eye as I approached this wedgie

The eagle eye as I approached this wedgie

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The eagle continued to chomp away despite me creeping closer

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Finally I got too close and he began to fly away.

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A beautiful bird in flight. Check out the wingspan

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He landed not far away to have another look at me.

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One of the other eagles then flew to a nearby tree to keep an eye on the carcass and me

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A beautiful wingspan as he came in to land

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2 Responses to “Flight of the Eagle”

  1. Great photos; these are amazing birds. You were in the right place at the right time!

  2. Sue Duffield says:

    They are absolutely brilliant!! And yes, very difficult to photograph!! You have some real gems there!! Wedge Tailed Eagle – my absolute favourite bird!! Love your work – keep them coming.

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