The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle

Wedge-tailed eagle chick, 2-3 weeks old (Photo: Leigh Walters)

The Tasmanian Midlands is recognised as one of 15 areas in Australia as a “biodiversity hotspot”.  These are areas of national significance, with high concentrations of threatened species and vegetation types.

On a recent visit to a private grazing property on the banks of the Macquarie River, north-east of Campbell Town, Matt Taylor, TLC Conservation Scientist and  ecologist Matt Appleby of Bush Heritage Australia were lucky enough to catch a soaring wedge-tailed eagle on video.

The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle is perhaps the Midlands’ most recognisable threatened animal species. This huge and majestic bird is often seen circling above woodlands and grasslands in search of prey.

This short video was taken when the Matt’s were completing an ecological assessment.  The eagle was riding an updraft that was formed as a strong north-westerly wind swept over a low hill.

If you would like to view the video click here.

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Interesting Facts:  The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle is brownish-black to almost black when mature. The feathers are wedged with a lighter brown. The legs are feathered and the bird has a long, wedge-shaped tail. It is a massive bird, standing over a metre tall, weighing up to 5 kg, and with a wing span of up to 2.2 m.

Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles have been isolated for 10, 000 years from their mainland counterparts and have become a separate subspecies. With only about 130 pairs successfully breeding each year in Tasmania, the wedge-tailed eagle is listed as endangered.(1) (1) Parks and Wildlife, Tasmania

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