Wedge-tailed Eagle overhead

Yesterday morning I took a short five minute break from my studies. I thought I’d go for a short walk up our long driveway. A quick glance at the sky – a common enough action for me – revealed an eagle not far away. I raced back inside to grab the binoculars. There was a Wedge-tailed Eagle soaring overhead.

Camera. Grab the camera was my next thought – I don’t have a photo of a WTE in my collection yet. (The photo shown on this page was taken by my son.) As I raced outside again I discovered that the batteries in the camera were flat. Change the batteries. The next set was also flat. The third set worked – but by then the bird had flown away. That’d be right. Never mind.

Wedge-tailed Eagles are widespread in our area but are not all that common. In over 20 years I have only once before recorded this species on my Home Block list and, like this one, was soaring high overhead. It would be a significant day if one landed on our block or in a tree in our garden.

Wedge Tailed Eagle - Healesville Sanctuary

Wedge Tailed Eagle - Healesville Sanctuary

 

4 Responses to “Wedge-tailed Eagle overhead”

  1. Snail says:

    Lovely! Coincidentally, I saw one yesterday too. It was circling high up, silhouetted against the clouds … and I was stuck at my desk.

  2. Trevor says:

    Don’t you just hate that? Despite my heavy study load I still do get opportunities to go out and smell the roses, look at the trees and watch a few birds. I am making sure that I deliberately drag myself away from the books and the keyboard on a regular basis throughout each day, otherwise I go stir crazy.

    Now that I’m sitting at my desk over extended periods every day, I appreciate why the little children I used to teach would go ballistic if confined to their desks at school for long hours each day. Wet weather days were the worst – they didn’t even get a play break. Still – I don’t really miss those days.

  3. Duncan says:

    Three wedgies hanging in the breeze over our place today Trevor.

  4. Trevor says:

    Lucky you Duncan. They are such beautiful and majestic birds when in flight like that.

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