my oh so cute poddy calf
Wedge-Tailed Eagle, rehabilitated and released
at Fourth Crossing
Flying to Freedom
Swamp Wallaby, raised and released
at Fourth Crossing
Wild Red-Necked Wallaby and joey at Fourth Crossing
heard of it before, but never quite believed it until I saw it with my own eyes.
other evening just on dusk, after feeding my poddy calf (Seymour - he's so cute!)
I saw two majestic Wedge-Tailed Eagles fly low over the paddock and then land
in an old, barely leaved, eucalypt tree (which make great platforms for raptors
to view the surrounding area). I mentioned to my husband that it was a grand site
and was so pleased to see these birds - my first true wildlife love - make home
at Fourth Crossing.
next vision blew my mind! The two birds - appearing to work in unison - flew low
over the ground, madly flapping their wings and performing spectacular twists
the same time madness erupted as a mob of grazing roo's - mainly wallabies - scattered
in all directions. The eagles did not fly away with a start, but chased the wallabies
creating utter confusion in the mob.
were they doing? Well, I've heard through the wildlife grapevine that this is
a cunning trick that eagles use to make roo's drop their joeys from the pouch
- apparently, delicious raptor tucker. Whether a roo drops the joey on purpose
in an attempt to save itself or the joey is dropped due to sheer fright where
upon the muscles relax and the pouch is opened, no one really knows. I personally
don't believe that a roo would abandon their joey in such a way - but that may
be my emotions dictating my sense?!?!?
of the wallabies that was being chased was heavy in the pouch. The eagles seemed
to concentrate on this wallaby. Maybe the bigger the joey, the easier it is to
of this happened in an instant, but during that fleeting moment my mind was in
a quandary as to whether I should let nature take its course or if I should intervene
and save the poor roo's from a terrible fate.
the end my hands made up my mind for me as they began to clap loudly. The birds
flew off and the wallabies all darted for cover.
released both eagles and roo's on my property. And although I'd love to see both
these species thrive and flourish on my land the thought of "my kids"
eating each other just doesn't sit well with this wildlife mum!!
say, let them go do it on the neighbours property where I am oblivious of the
oddities and cruelties of nature. Out of site, out of mind - and all is well at
happy camp Fourth Crossing!
After uploading this story and re-reading it - a memory from just a few weeks
back was jogged in my mind. Hearing eagles screeching overhead I rushed outside
to see a low flying eagle with something large in its talons. I immediately thought
it was a large hare..... but it did have something long hanging down - I thought
at the time it was gizzards - but maybe it was a roo tail......