WTE tries to lift boy Northern Territory [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: Ann Howarth <>, kym bradley <>, "" <>
Subject: WTE tries to lift boy Northern Territory [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Baird, Ian" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:12:47 +0000

It would be interesting to hear the views of knowledgeable Aboriginal elders on the likelihood of WTEs taking small children/babies.

Mind you, I was told by a senior CSIRO scientist that Aboriginal advice was initially not heeded when similar questions were asked some years ago with respect to dingo behaviour.

Ian Baird


From: Ann Howarth [
Sent: Wednesday, 13 July 2016 2:56 PM
To: kym bradley;
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] WTE tries to lift boy Northern Territory


Interesting story, especially as there were other humans close to the boy.


I'm not sure whether I have told of my daughter's encounter with a WTE  20 years ago.  A geology student, she was crouching down, examining a rocky outcrop on a property near Nimmitabel when she saw a large shadow come over her and looked up to see a WTE hovering about 2 m above her.  She quickly jumped up waving her arms and shouting at the eagle which flew off.  Later she lamented that she had not had her camera with her.  I should add that she had long auburn hair so we think the eagle probably thought she was a rabbit.


Ann Howarth







Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:31 AM


Subject: [canberrabirds] WTE tries to lift boy Northern Territory

A wedge-tailed eagle has been snapped reportedly trying to carry a boy off during a show at Alice Springs Desert Park.


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