A little wedgie…
We went for a drive in the ute this morning – up the paddock. I don’t do this NEARLY as often as I’d like to.*
I had an ulterior motive (besides spending quality time with my better half and offspring). Even though my husband does get heartily sick of me taking photos (and then working them on the computer for hours on end) he had let slip about a bit of a photo opp he thought I might like to check out.
So I donned my gumboots and loaded up the Nikon.
You might want to sneak behind this tree here so we can get a better look at what’s up there…
It’s a huge wedgetail eagle nest.
Super high in a giant blue gum tree, about 200 metres off the dirt road in our steer paddock.
A person could easily fit into this enormous nest (although you wouldn’t want to have vertigo!).
And to my (very untrained) eye, it looks like a young eagle rather than the Mama.
It showed no signs of wanting to fly off, occasionally casting a beady eye my way and then looking out as if waiting for a pizza delivery. Which it was, I imagine. With Mum as the delivery chick. And carrion of some kind as the pizza!
Apparently, young wedgetail eagles can stay in the nest for up to six month after hatching, until the start of the next breeding season. Wedgies grow very big and have the biggest wingspan (up to nine feet) of any eagle recorded. So sayeth Wikipedia.
It was very challenging trying to photograph this guy, with very glarey conditions and my little zoom cranked out and struggling at its 200mm max. These shots have been severely cropped and probably wouldn’t print up very well.
Which gave me about three minutes of awesome light…
Before the winds hit…
…and the heaven’s opened. So I got two reasonable shots out of about 120. Great odds.
THEN we had to rush home and rescue Bay Lulic from being washed away. But that’s another story, for another post.
(If I get time! Just know she’s safe and dry-ish now. )
*Imagine how many photos you’d have to put up with if I did it more!