The Wedgetail Eagles have dissappeared from our valley, they had a territory that covered both our blocks and we haven't seen them for months. Prior to that we often would see them on dead animals or soaring over the area, but they seem to be gone.
The Wedgetail eagle is the largest bird of prey in Australia and can be identified by its size and the shape of the tail (wedge). They are protected by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and it is illegal to kill or interfer with them in any way, but something has happened to this pair. Extreme conditions such as drought increase the amount of predation from eagles and we have certainly heard stories of this when in Western Australia and around the sales. But here in a good season with plently of rabbits and road kill it seems unlikely that anyone would want to get rid of them. Let's hope another pair come and make their home here, the sky seems a little empty.