An eagles tale

An endangered Tasmanian Wedgetailed Eagle feasts on a wallaby it scavenged in the neighbours paddock a few evenings ago.

I quickly snuck down the driveway with bushes between us to get closer, but the large bird of prey was being dive-bombed by plovers who had two chicks nearby and flew off, carrying the wallaby before I could get in position. I’m not sure how the wallaby ended up hanging from the fence below.

As the eagle gained altitude, the plovers stopped pursuit, but then a Forest Raven came out of some trees and took chase.

I waited around for a while, hoping it would return before the light faded.

These images were taken with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II lens on Olympus OMD EM1 Mark 2. Low light with moving subjects is it’s biggest weakness. The first image was taken through my kitchen window around 150 meters away and is cropped to pixel resolution – click an image to zoom.

13 thoughts on “An eagles tale

  1. What an excellent photo. It was fun to read the story behind it, too. The last photo of the sky in all its colors is also very pretty. Small treats to make us smile in this stressful times. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for commenting 🙂 Until the start of this year I used to use Flickr and Facebook but have found WordPress is a much better way to tell a story with a series of images. Did you notice the bird silhouetted in the branches in the last shot? 🙂

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      1. I went back to check it, thank you for pointing it out. Yes, stories add more life to the photo and makes us appreciate it more. I love watching BTS episodes on Netflix to hear the stories of the photographers and filmmakers.

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      2. I just searched BTS but nothing photography related came up. One I have watched on Netflix is “Tales by Light”.

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      3. Oh, Tales by Light is very nice, and I think it is an Aus prod, too. I know there are BTS of some David Attenborough documentaries at the end of each episode.

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    1. Thanks Donna, apparently three eagles have been sited hanging out in our valley by neighbours but I’ve yet to see them. I hope to have my camera ready when I do!

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