Sunday, January 20, 2013
Wee Jasper - Yass Road
Headed home from Wee Jasper towards Yass, this Wedge-tailed Eagle flew low across the road in front of me, a White-faced Heron dangling from its talons, and landed in a tree some distance from the road.
The Wedge-tailed eagle is Australia's largest bird of prey and one of the largest eagles in the world, with females weighing up to 5.3 kilos and having a wingspan of 2.5 meters. Females are generally larger than males. Their diet reflects available prey, with rabbits being the primary food source in most parts of their range. Under ideal conditions they can lift 50% of their body weight.
They have been known to attack paragliders, but as far as I know have not carried any off.