Monday, 27 July 2015

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Munyunga)

These eagles, the largest in Australia, are called Munyunga in the Yuin language group. Because of the distinctive wedge tail, they are commonly called wedge-tailed eagles.

They are large - mature birds can have a wingspan of more than 2m (7') - and close up they are muscular and massive. To have one take off for the ground in front of you is an experience not to be forgotten.

Family - Molonglo High Plains

Solitary wedge-tailed eagles patrol the Molonglo High Plains, but catching a family grouping is a little unusual.

These shots - from 2014. shows the family together (female on left, child right top and male lower right).  When the male departs, the female flies to child and commences grooming.  Finally a shot of the child alone (note wing feathers out of place against a small branch) and a final shot as it flies off.


It is more usual to come across a solitary eagle.  They have the unnerving habit of taking off by flying from their tree into the clear space of a road - and they are so large that, for a moment in time, they fill the road.

Related pages:

Other studies of this type of bird: groomingcircling
Other raptors: here
Birds: here

Peter Quinton
March 2014

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