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Dark brown , almost black tones , so an older pair .
could not believe what i was seeing so close to home , just on the outskirts of Launceston, TAS this pair , never ever have i known them to come so close to inner suburbia ....perched in an old dead tree....unfortunately no zoom lens with me , one does not expect sights like this around town ...but as the state is dry , and farming is happening , looking for food. An awesome spotting for my 500th :)
The Wedge-tailed Eagle is found from sea level to alpine regions in the mountains, but prefers wooded and forested land and open country, generally avoiding rainforest and coastal heaths. Eagles can be seen perched on trees or poles or soaring overhead to altitudes of up to 2000 m. Wedge-tailed Eagles build their nest in a prominent location with a good view of the surrounding countryside. It may be built in either a live or dead tree, but usually the tallest one in the territory. In some parts of Australia, where tall trees are absent, small trees, shrubs, cliff faces or even the ground may be used. The density of active nests depends on the abundance of prey and other resources. In most years, nests are usually 2.5 km - 4 km apart. If conditions are particularly good, the distances apart may be less than 1 km because the birds require smaller areas to find sufficient food.