A while ago I had the chance to chat to one of the keepers who ran the
free-flight bird raptor show at Alice Springs Desert Park. He mentioned
that there were a pair of wild Wedge-tailed Eagles that would sometimes
harass their Wedgie. This pair was known to staff as being able to take out
Black-footed Rock Wallabies on the nearby slopes of the hills. I also seem
to recall someone telling me a story about a pair of Wedgies going after an
adult Emu, though they had no idea if the birds were successful.
On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 12:38 PM, Paul & Irene Osborn <
> On Saturday afternoon our Jack Russell Terrier began barking loudly at some
> thing. We looked up to see the local pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles flying very
> low across the paddock. The dog took off, chasing the wedgies and barking.
> One of the birds banked and went into a dive and we thought our dog was a
> goner, but then the wedgies prey became evident, a young Red-necked Wallaby.
> The wallaby, which was about half grown, escaped into next door's scrub and
> the wedgies flew off. The wallaby must have been ten times as big as the
> dog, much too large for the bird to handle, I would have thought. Has anyone
> observed Wedgies taking Red-necked Wallabies? Or dogs for that matter?
> Paul Osborn
> Bulahdelah NSW
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