To: "'Mike Fitzgerald'" <>, <>
Subject: casting
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2020 18:54:54 +1000

I had a quick look in HANZAB and did not find a mention of Wedge-tailed Eagles having included Echidna in their diet. I am a little surprised at that, although they are obviously a difficult prey item. Could of course have been taken as dead - carrion, such as road kill, as is a lot of their food. You probably do have other large raptors locally, even if you have not identified them. I agree that a WtE is the most likely cause. Hard to think of what other predator it could be. Though likely, that is not proof. And yes a daunting thought to have eaten this, then bring up spines as a pellet. The same applies whatever predator it was. So it is not common knowledge and would be worthy of note.




From: Birding-Aus [ On Behalf Of Mike Fitzgerald
Sent: Tuesday, 9 June, 2020 3:11 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] casting


We found on our property at Barkers Vale NSW what appeared to be a raptor casting. On examination of contents it contained 100% echidna bits, all spines and one toe/claw. Having handled many of these, it is a somewhat daunting prospect as a prey item for a raptor, but I understand is recorded in Wedge Tailed Eagles. The only large raptors observed on our place have been WTE and Sooty Owl. Haven't heard the Sooty lately but have seen the wedgies overhead. Apologies if this is common knowledge or unremarkable but it is another data point (!), but the thought of thought of those sharp spines travelling in both directions through a predator is pretty clever, if a tad uncomfortable.

Would love to hear if this is a common thing and whether folks agree WTE most likely?




Mike Fitzgerald

<BR> Birding-Aus mailing list
<BR> To change settings or unsubscribe visit:
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • casting, Mike Fitzgerald
    • casting, Philip Veerman <=
      • casting, Ross Macfarlane (TPG)
      • Message not available
        • Message not available

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU