A pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles, Aquila audax, with two juvenile fledglings, were out and about at Tennyson last Sunday morning. Routinely shot on sight through much of last century, as an apex predator, their numbers were further decimated by DDT concentrated within their items of prey. Up until the late nineties, eagle carcasses were ritually crucified along farm fence lines.
The presence of two juveniles indicates a particularly successful breeding season. Whilst two eggs are usually hatched, the parents require a plentiful supply of prey to successfully rear both young to fledgling stage.
Marking a slow, but welcome change in district conservation awareness, Wedge-tailed Eagles are making a gradual comeback across the northern plains.