wedge tailed eagle
Wedge tailed eagle IMG 4404 - Wedge tailed eagles are the largest birds of prey in Australia. The varied diet of these imposing birds includes reptiles, rodents, and small birds and mammals, but the fact that they will also kill lambs, particularly those that are newborn and therefore weak and vulnerable, means that they are despised by many farmers and graziers. The wedge tailed eagle plays an important role in cleaning up the environment however, for it also feeds on carrion - on animals that have died from natural causes or as a result of collisions with motor vehicles. This spectacular bird was photographed, in the wild, in the Australian outback in South Australia.