Wedge tailed Eagle drags Wallaby.

Subject: Wedge tailed Eagle drags Wallaby.
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 02:58:00 PST
Gooday all,
On Wednesday 11 November I was unloading a coal train on the balloon 
loop at Abbot Point approx. 25 Km N of Bowen.
The WR Miners were carrying on something bad along with the BF 
Honeyeaters, soon a female Brown Goshawk was flushed from the stunted 
paperbark with half a dozen birds in hot pursuit. About 50m ahead of the 
locomotive a dead Agile or Pretty faced Wallaby (not sure if they are 
one of the same?) had the attention of a Whistling Kite perched on the 
track near by, a Wedge tailed Eagle was also eyeing this prey and was 
perched close to where the Brown Goshawk had flown out from.
 The WTE flew down to the track causing the WK to depart, the carcass 
was between the track and the bird succeeded in getting the carcass over 
the rail and then flapping and dragging the wallaby down the side of the 
ballast and into the scrubby tea tree forest. It remained on top of its 
prize until the locomotive was adjacent to it, a distance of 10m. Due to 
the closeness of the vegetation it was unable to spread its wings and 
fly so scurried of in a manner somewhat similar to a Pheasant Coucal.
I'm not sure of the average weight of a dead adult wallaby but the bird 
required tremendous effort just to get the carcass over the rail
and then to drag it off into the scrub. I always refer to these 
sightings as the "Trainspotting" incidents.

Jon Wren
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Australia 4805  Phone 07 4786 2614H
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