Wedge-tailed Eagles

On a recent trip to Adelaide I was delighted to see two Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring high over the freeway near Mt Barker. I have driven this route many hundreds of times over the last twenty five years but this is the first time I’ve seen this species while using the freeway.

This sighting was just north of the golf course and the Laratinga Wetlands area on the eastern edge of town. It is good to see that this species is surviving in an area of the Mt Lofty Ranges that is rapidly becoming swallowed by suburbia. Several thousand houses have been built in this area over the last decade.

I didn’t have my camera with me at the time. Moreover, I couldn’t legally stop at that point anyway. Instead I have included a photo of a captive Wedge-tailed Eagle taken by my son Sim’ at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria.

Wedge Tailed Eagle - Healesville Sanctuary

Wedge Tailed Eagle - Healesville Sanctuary


13 Responses to “Wedge-tailed Eagles”

  1. Neil says:

    Hi, found your site a great help today in identifying a Collared Sparrowhawk outside my flat in SEFTON PARK, Adelaide!!! THANKYOU. In relation to the Wedgey, check out the amazing experience I had in March, and see the pictures, how lucky I am to be living in this fantastic country, the wildlife and birds are truly spectacular. Check out the story and eight pictures I’ve posted on my blog…..

    Also you’ll see the aforementioned Sparrowhawk on our latest diary entry.

    Cheers for the site – very helpful 🙂 regards Neil
    ps if the link don’t work, just visit our blog and check out the diary entry called WEDGEY in March.

  2. Trevor says:

    Thanks for visiting my birding blog Neil. You are so right – our wildlife is spectacular. The scenery not too bad either. As for the people…. I’ll let you be the judge. Some of us are quite nice.

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  4. Shane Donnelly says:

    What an impressive proud bird here mm what a vision of absolute pride, power and majesty, I’m amazed at the range of colours in this spieces of eagle.
    what an awsome bird, thanks for the information

  5. Trevor says:

    Thanks for visiting Shane – and for leaving a comment. The Wedge Tail Eagle would have to be one of the most magnificent eagles found anywhere.

  6. Tricia says:

    My daughter had a close encounter with a wedgie at her fathers farm in Glenquarry, NSW, She was riding her horse when she came upon one sitting on the ground high up on Sugarloaf hill. They both got a huge surprise. I don’t think the eagle flew off as it was probably used to horses and didn’t expect to see a human on board. I told her that it was something she would remember all her life, and she agreed.

  7. Trevor says:

    Some years ago now our son was working at Roxby Downs while doing work experience during his uni days. On his way back one day he saw several WT Eagles sitting on dead kangaroos on the road. He pulled up to have a look. The eagle looked at him straight in the eye – its eyes were level with him in the car. Spooked him so much that he drove off in a hurry.

  8. reeree says:

    eagles are vrey cool birds i live on a farm and i have seen the big nest they build i love going up to the padock where they are and watch them sore in the sky
    TTahnkyou for my sharing of the wedge tail eagle>

  9. Trevor says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog about birds reeree. I agree with you that they are wonderful to watch soaring in the sky. I am always amazed at the size of their nests. You are lucky to have one on your farm.

  10. Brett says:

    I am a big eagle fan and being from Australia myself the Wedge-tailed eagle is my favourite of all. I am going to Taronga zoo this weekend to see the bird show which I believe has a Wedge-tail in it, unfortunately they dont do encounters with them, they only have an owl that you can ‘hold’. I came across you site whilst searching for places that do have encounters.

  11. Trevor says:

    Thanks for visiting Brett. Did you enjoy the bird show? From what I can remember you can get close to the WT Eagle after the show, but I might be mistaken.

  12. Terry Schilds says:

    Unbelievable opportunity, two baby wedge tail eagles nested at shoulder height, in the middle of one million acres of land in the middle of nowhere. On a recent trip to a friends property above Marree in SA, found a nest of WT, lots of photo’s taken, once in a life time opportunity

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