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aquila84wa. #DARLYININY came home!! This incredible young male #Waalitj / #Wedgeta

#DARLYININY came home!! This incredible young male #Waalitj / #WedgetailedEagle continues to live up to his #NoongarCountry name & 'go swiftly', having taken just 10 days to move from the Kimberley region back to #southwestWA in August (~2000km). He spent September & October near Kalgoorlie, with a few exploratory flights deeper south via Katanning & Lake Magenta then back to Kal, & to Wongan Hills & back to Kal, before last week making a beeline for Perth (pale blue dots on this map). 2 days ago Darlyininy was soaring above Gnangara Rd, just a few kms north of his natal home range, where this year his new younger brother & sister (banded in Sept by @gillianoshaughnessy & Mike & @mandy.bamford) are now only just beginning learning to fly. It only seems like yesterday when I first saw him stretch those growing #wings (pic 2), when he was just 7 weeks old. By golly, he's done more than stretch them now!! . ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ“ก๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ—บ๐Ÿ˜ฑโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ’› #WhereWedgiesDare #WedgetailedEagleTracking #raptorresearch #science #scicomm #simoncherriman #insightornithology #movementecology #amazingnature #PerthHills #lovelife

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aquila84wa. This cheeky #QuendaCabin intruder snuck in the door, climbed the ladde

This cheeky #QuendaCabin intruder snuck in the door, climbed the ladder to the loft, hopped onto my bed & then had the audacity to turn around & tell me the window ledge was too thin for his fat a*se!! Lucky for him I didn't have an eagle handy... ๐ŸŒŒ๐Ÿก๐Ÿญ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜‚ #Goomal #NoongarCountry #possum #brushtailpossum #commonbrushtailpossum #perthhills #wildlife #wildoz #straya #perthlife #perthisok #perthnow #perthhillfolk #livingwithwildlife #livingwithpossums #simoncherriman #insightornithology #lovelife #istilltotallylovepossums

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aquila84wa. My what a long #Wedgedtail you have... \"all the better for gliding wit

My what a long #Wedgedtail you have... "all the better for gliding with... & balancing while I tear at a dead #Marlu / #RedKangaroo!" One more #MartuCountry post to celebrate #Wallu's recent capture on camera. These shots of #Wurru (Wallu's mate) feeding on the #roadkill bait used to capture & sat-tag him in June 2013 were taken on a #Bushnell trophy-cam motion-sensing camera. The edge of the trap is just visible in the background of the second image. Just look at this magNIFicent girl's powerful feet, & the exquisite pale band in the dorsal surface of her wings! The relatively small size of this band, plus the dark-centred, pale edged coverts comprising it, are key to knowing this #eagle's age: she's an ol' girl!! . ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“โค๏ธ #Warlawurru #gnurra #MatuwaIPA #Martu #WedgetailedEagle #raptors #birdofprey #raptorresearch #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #wildoz #wildlife #sensorcamera #australianbirds #eliteraptors #amazingnature #lovelife

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aquila84wa. The idea that breeding adult #WedgetailedEagle s are sedentary within

The idea that breeding adult #WedgetailedEagle s are sedentary within a fixed home range has been accepted for many years, but the only real evidence of this came from a single re-sighting of one #eagle banded in the 1960's (2 data points); further detail was lacking. Then, in June 2013, I trapped #Wallu, an adult male #Warluwurru residing at #MatuwaIPA in the WA desert, & fitted him with a #Satellite transmitter, technology that had previously been used to study the detailed movements of hUNdreds of Haliaeetus & #Aquila eagles around the globe, but never #Aquila_audax. Wallu (pictured in my previous post) wore his PTT for nearly 4 years until the harness detached in April 2017, during which time over 20, 000 data points on his behaviour were collected. The animations here clearly show that, at least in this eagle's case, home range has clear, well-defined boundaries (influenced by landform/topography), & takes the shape of a 3-dimensional #dome whose height is over 6000m above sea level!! The 2D dimensions are approximately 8km x 5km. In 1, 403 days of #tracking, Wallu roosted 'off' his home range only three times. During this time he provisioned 2 broods of twin eaglets to fledging & remains on his patch to this day. #SCIENCE ROCKS, & as someone said to me recently, eagle science is the BEST!! ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ“ก๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ’›โค๏ธ๐Ÿ–ค #WhereWedgiesDare #WedgetailedEagleTracking #birds #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #research #raptorresearch #microwavetelemetry #amazingnature #lovelife

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aquila84wa. #WALLU is alive & well!! Although we can't 100% confirm this adult mal

#WALLU is alive & well!! Although we can't 100% confirm this adult male #Warluwurru's band number (he was photographed by a sensor camera at #MatuwaIPA last week, thanks to #Martu rangers & volunteers), it is almost certainly our dear Wallu, the first ever #WedgetailedEagle to be fitted with a GPS/Satellite Platform Terminal Transmitter. He was also the first #eagle I ever banded (pic 2 is a screen grab of the moment I banded him just after he was sat-tagged on 13th June 2013, with my wonderful mentor Neil @neilham2007. . Wallu wore a harness-mounted PTT for almost 4 years & the tracking data gathered before the harness detached has provided a completely new insight into the home range of breeding eagles. Keen to hear more of Wallu & the original #WedgetailedEagleTracking story? It is told in my 2014 wildlife documentary 'Where Do Eagles Dare?' (1h 15mins, featuring the desert #wildlife of Western Australia), which you can buy on DVD. Click on the link in my bio to see a trailer, visiting tinyurl.com/yykwav8f to read more, or email aquila84@ii.net to place a DVD order. . Have a brilliant week folks!! . ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ“ก๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ–ค #birds #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #totembird #eagles #raptorresearch #raptors #birdofprey #Matuwa2019 #lovelife

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aquila84wa. #Kambarang evenings with my boy. 'Perfick'. Relax, read, rejuvenate (&

#Kambarang evenings with my boy. 'Perfick'. Relax, read, rejuvenate (& try not to think about hobbling, or the immense, growing mountain of 'to do's'... ๐Ÿก๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒ„โ˜•๏ธ #QuendaCabin #cabin #cabinlife #cabinlove #NoongarCountry #sunset #Marri #Jarrah #nestbox #PerthHills

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aquila84wa. #Kambarang is well & truly here & #QuendaCabin has its first new arriv

#Kambarang is well & truly here & #QuendaCabin has its first new arrivals! This is one of two juvenile #Quenda / #SouthernBrownBandicoot that is slooowly gaining confidence at emerging from dense bush to forage in the open. These #mammals are super cute & only ~15cm long, but they are highly vulnerable to predation by cats. Incidentally, your roaming cats are even more vulnerable to predation by me, so keep your pets inside like a true bloody dinkie-die Aussie custodian or they are guaranteed to end up as eagle fodder!! ๐Ÿ˜† . I'm going crazy not being able to walk properly, let alone climb, at a time of year when I'm normally out eagling every day, but my knee is improving & like this Quenda I'm slooooowly gaining confidence at emerging further with each small step!! I feel very grateful to all you beautiful people for commenting & sending me such warm & heartfelt messages. Thank you!! . This happens to be my post #720, so I'm tagging my favourite radio station @abcperth in their honour!! ๐Ÿน๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ #NoongarCountry #bandi #bandicoot #bandicute #wildoz #wildlife #gardenforwildlife #simoncherriman #insightornithology #straya #thisisWA #Perth #PerthHills #Perthnow #ShireofMundaring #straya #lovelife

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aquila84wa. Family, then and now...
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This is the #Waalitj / #WedgetailedEagle juv

Family, then and now... . This is the #Waalitj / #WedgetailedEagle juvenile on the #eyrie shown in the last 2 posts - a powerful, healthy 10-week old boy with quite a prominent 'crest'. Although it is more likely a posture/temperament thing, I can't help but think it could also be genetic, because the last #eaglet I noticed with such a feature was this fella's older #brother (thoughts welcome - please comment below!). While this nest was last used in 2016 to rear a single chick, & this pair's 2018 breeding attempt failed, an alternate site was used in 2017 to rear 'twin' brothers named by my dear friends' young boys: #Ngooni (brother) & #Naakal (quiet one), the latter of which bore a stunning crest (click one of these hashtags to search for images of Naakal). THAT bird, who dispersed from #NoongarCountry in mid-2018, took his young wanderings several 1000kms northward to a small area along the mighty Fitzroy River a few kms south-west of #FitzroyCrossing in the WA Kimberley region. But as though he'd got a sniff of home, Naakal left the Kimberley last week & for the first time in over 12 months & plotted a journey south. I thought he might come all the way back to the #PerthHills, but instead he decided a 1500km #desert loop was more suitable, zipping back to his familiar Fitzroy area just 5 days after leaving. Swipe to see the map of this amazing journey - thanks to #MicrowaveTelemetry & #GoogleEarth. . Naakal's newest brother (pictured) will join his parents in the sky in just a week or so. I wonder where he will go? The only way we can know is if his yellow colour-band #078 is re-sighted & reported, so keep your eyes on the sky for eagles like him! . ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿฅโœจ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ—บ #Aquila_audax #WhereWedgiesDare #birdringing #birdbanding #birds #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #WedgetailedEagleTracking #Marri #eagling #research #raptorresearch #straya #latergram #lovelife

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aquila84wa. Celebrating a new week with #newlife! It's always wonderful to see a h

Celebrating a new week with #newlife! It's always wonderful to see a healthty #Waalitj #eaglet on a 'traditional' old #eyrie that has been vacant for a few years. More on this #WedgetailedEagle soon! . ๐Ÿฆ…๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฅโœจ #Marri #nest #NoongarCountry #WedgetailedEaglenest #WhereWedgiesDare #Aquila_audax #wildoz #wildlife #birds #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #birdringing #birdbanding #science #research #PerthHills #totem #totembirds #koortwirin #latergram #lovelife

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aquila84wa. For centuries, chasing  light, leaving behind its companions, this taa

For centuries, chasing light, leaving behind its companions, this taaaaaaaaall & most perfect of #Marri #trees has stretched higher & higher above #NoongarCountry. The giant fork in its upper canopy has, year by year, moulded itself into the most ideal of #Waalitj / #WedgetailedEaglenest sites. On the walk in, we were delighted to see (from 1km distant) the female swoop in & alight above her large #eaglet, who is just tucked behind the main trunk in this shot. Can you spot the female? Her ~1m length gives a good sense of scale to her #nest tree. . ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ’š #eagle #eyrie #WedgetailedEagle #WhereWedgiesDare #Aquila_audax #wildoz #wildlife #birds #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #science #research #PerthHills #totem #totembirds #koortwirin #latergram #lovelife

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aquila84wa. It's been a pretty dry year at #MatuwaIPA in 2019, so #Warlawurru #bir

It's been a pretty dry year at #MatuwaIPA in 2019, so #Warlawurru #birds like this magnificent female #eagle will be relishing #carrion to give them a fresh (or not so fresh!) meal. Tune in to #ABCGoldfieldsEsperence in 15mins to hear more! . #WedgetailedEagle #Aquila_audax #eagling #ornithology #Marlu #MartuCountry #reddirt #scavenger #raptor #motioncamera #bushnell #straya #wildoz #wildlife #insightornithology #simoncherriman #birdsofaustralia #lovelife

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aquila84wa. A real life aeroplane mode icon! ๐Ÿ˜† This will be me for a few days aft

A real life aeroplane mode icon! ๐Ÿ˜† This will be me for a few days after having to have a piece of Wandoo removed from my knee (nope, I was on the ground!!). And speaking of doctoring - this pic wasn't photoshopped; a plane approached while I admired the #fullmoon! โœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŒ•๐Ÿ“ธ #notaneagle #qantas #eyeinthesky #straya #photography #justanotherdayinwa #moon #simoncherriman #PerthHills #lovelife

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aquila84wa. Six weeks ago, these delicate but strong & simply perfect new #feather

Six weeks ago, these delicate but strong & simply perfect new #feathers were buried beneath #Waalitj skin, still encapsulated in follicles. Today they bloom. Sheen. Shine. Soon they will flatten beneath air rushing over a sleek, streamlined body, & one day they may be #preened by a sharp but soothing bill in a moment of tender pair-bonding. Pictures - they all yield #stories, if you take the time to read them! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ…โœจ . #featherperfection #nape #NoongarCountry #WedgetailedEagle #WhereWedgiesDare #Aquila_audax #eyrie #wildoz #wildlife #birds #research #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #science #raptorresearch #PerthHills #totem #totembirds #koortwirin #lovelife

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aquila84wa. When you gaze deeply into those biiiig, powerful #eagleeyes, that simu

When you gaze deeply into those biiiig, powerful #eagleeyes, that simultaneously stare at you & through you, it's like looking into the mind of an old soul... like gazing back into the past. Its like they've seen it all before. They KNOW. And they can tell you what's coming next... . ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’›โœจ #Waalitj #eaglet #NoongarCountry #WedgetailedEagle #WedgetailedEaglenest #WhereWedgiesDare #Aquila_audax #eyrie #wildoz #wildlife #birds #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #birdringing #birdbanding #science #research #PerthHills #eyetoeye #totem #totembirds #koortwirin #lovelife

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aquila84wa. Fitting nestling #eagles with #colourrings / bands increases the proba

Fitting nestling #eagles with #colourrings / bands increases the probability they will be re-sighted as free-flying #birds later in life, whether it is during their early years as juveniles, or further down the track when they establish breeding territories as adults. This #eagle may end up anywhere in Australia, but having #yellow assigned to our #PerthHills banding site means it can always be traced back to this part of #NoongarCountry. A photo record of the band number will pinpoint the individual #nest on which the eagle was born, but this information is an extra level of detail that is less important than having the colour, GPS location, date & time recorded. If you see a #WedgetailedEagle wearing a metal bracelet, pleeeeease record the above information, then get in touch via email - aquila84@ii.net - or contact the #AustralianBirdandBatBandingScheme in Canberra. . ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’› #Waalitj #eagling #WedgetailedEaglenest #WhereWedgiesDare #Aquila_audax #Eucalypt #Powderbark #eyrie #wildoz #wildlife #straya #thisisWA #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #birdringing #birdbanding #science #research #lovelife

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aquila84wa. And on top... a 9-week old #Waalitj #eaglet giving the tree-climber th

And on top... a 9-week old #Waalitj #eaglet giving the tree-climber the standard 'welcome to my nest' threat display! This girl was well advanced for the #NoongarCountry season of #Kambarang, a result of her parents commencing the breeding cycle much sooner than they did last year - eggs laid in third week of Makuru / June. Her older brother (2018) was killed by a truck after only being off the nest for a couple of months, so let's hope she has better luck entering this increasingly busy world. It was brilliant to be #outbush with one of my step-sons last week to teach him first-hand the value of #eagles, & show him a brief glimpse of a story which emphasises how wonderful but precious #newlife is. . ๐Ÿฆ…๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’› #WedgetailedEagle #WedgetailedEaglenest #WhereWedgiesDare #Aquila_audax #Eucalypt #Powderbark #nest #eyrie #wildoz #wildlife #birds #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #birdringing #birdbanding #science #research #PerthHills #birdsnest #houseofsticks #upatree #lovelife

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aquila84wa. Back on #NoonarCountry & seeking shelter beneath a double story #Waali

Back on #NoonarCountry & seeking shelter beneath a double story #Waalitj #eyrie. The bulk of this #nest comprises branches newly added in 2019 but the lower 1/3 is what remains of the original construction, now reclaimed. What a truly delightful #Powderbark tree in which to pass a few peaceful minutes ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿž๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ’› #WedgetailedEagle #WedgetailedEaglenest #WhereWedgiesDare #birds #ornithology #insightornithology #simoncherriman #birdringing #birdbanding #science #research #PerthHills #birdsnest #houseofsticks #tree #treeclimb #upatree #gethighclimbtrees #Petzl #lovelife

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aquila84wa. As the rising sun set its brilliant blaze onto a twisted Jarraportal /

As the rising sun set its brilliant blaze onto a twisted Jarraportal / #Grevillea_striata tree on #MartuCountry last week, this exquisite #Warlawurru #'Mulga' flashed across the dry scrub & alighted less than 100m away from the vehicle, watching us intently. He then proceeded to stare through my SOUL, unafraid, as I slowly walked closer to him on foot, a different memory flickering across my brain with every inch gained on the dry, red dust. He was one of the first #eagles I saw on my very first visit to #Matuwa back in 2011. The first active eyrie that we found bearing eggs was his & his mate Gidgee's, in 2012. And it was his daughter, the most beautiful of desert golden girls, #Kuyurnpa, who was the first juvenile #WedgetailedEagle ever to be satellite-tagged as a nestling & tracked throughout her post-fledging (2013) & dispersal (2014-now) phases. . Mulga has for many years resided on a piece of #MatuwaIPA in which populations of Threatened #aridzone marsupials have been re-established by @waparkswildlife, who have regularly conducted trapping programs to monitor these species' progress. Repeated trap-clearing runs have seen this wise ol' #eagle learn to shadow vehicles in the hope that a freshly released, fleeing mammal (which would normally only be active during nocturnal hours) might make an easy breakfast. This behavioural adaptation has served him well, with many mammals being grabbed almost from the hands of unsuspecting ecologists who had never noticed that speck in the sky (or tree!), & consequently, he flies to, & not away from, cars & people. However, eagles are also crepuscular hunters, & will perch above the diurnal hiding places / warrens of their prey at dawn & dusk, waiting for those first foragers to emerge / late feeders to return, ready for an ambush. So, these #birds are quite capable of hunting nocturnal animals without the help of humans!! . Mulga was banded in 2016 so can now be identified by his jewellery, as well as his tomfoolery!! . ๐Ÿœ๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿฆ…โœจ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’› #Matuwa2019 #Aquila_audax #ornithology #simoncherriman #insightornithology #wildoz #wildlife #photography #amazingnature #birdlife #lovelife

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aquila84wa. There's nothing like an #eagleeyeview of country to show the scale of

There's nothing like an #eagleeyeview of country to show the scale of these truly incredible, ancient (>500 year-old), #Junjurru / #Acacia_pruinocarpa trees against the #MartuCountry landscape in which they thrive. This aerial perspective of a #Warlawurru #nest tree was filmed #oncountry at #MatuwaIPA by David Nixon & Fiona Walsh of Jaralji Films, & is part of an upcoming documentary initiated by Desert Support Services about #Martu people & scientists working together on country. The new documentary is the next in the sequence following two 'Learning Together' films about the Martu people of Wiluna Remote Community School on their lands and in their classrooms. (https://vimeo.com/290686554 [1] andย https://vimeo.com/296155851 [2]).ย To collaborate,ย learn from & respect indigenous people's cultural values helps to foster #custodianship amongst local communities & provides holistic benefits to country. These approaches should be built into the framework of all 'Western #science' research aimed at land management for biodiversity conservation. . Kind thanks to Fiona, Dave & Jess for allowing me to share this clip - I can't wait to see the finished film in the coming months!! . ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ’› #Matuwa2019 #Matuwa #research #WedgetailedEagle #Aquila_audax #raptor #raptorresearch #birds #ornithology #simoncherriman #insightornithology #outback #outbush #lovelife

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aquila84wa. Spending time #oncountry with my beautiful #Martu friend Rita, who is

Spending time #oncountry with my beautiful #Martu friend Rita, who is wearing her #Warlawurru shirt (I forgot mine!) gifted by our friend Fiona, who took this lovely picture, is always a profound experience. Last week I accompanied Rita & her fellow #MartuCountry rangers on a walk to have a closer look at the #WedgetailedEaglenest shown in these pictures. Our aerial survey revealed the #nest had a full green lining & lots of 'whitewash' (scats) below the #Junjurru nest tree, so we were keen to obtain more information. Lovely Kanisha (11) discovered #Parnka (monitor lizard; Varanus panoptes) bones below the nest & after a scramble up to the nest, found the remains of Marlu (Red Kangaroo) at the edge of the lined nest cavity. Shell fragments confirmed our suspicions - that eggs were laid & incubated, possibly for some time (hence the whitewash, from the sitting hen, & prey - her snacks!), but ultimately the incubation stint was abandoned when prey ran out. Hatched eggshell is removed by adult eagles but abandoned eggs are left in situ & they are eventually eaten by scavengers, who break into the eggs & leave pieces of shell (& pieces of the story) behind for us to collect! . Next week I'll be chatting to #abcgoldfieldsesperance about this work, which is made possible by our sponsors the #GoldfieldsEnvironmentalManagementGroup #GEMG), & the support of the Dept. of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions, Desert Support Services, & fabulous volunteers! Watch this space for updates! . ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’› #WhereWedgiesDare #MartuCountry #MatuwaIPA #Matuwa2019 #birds #WedgetailedEagle #ornithology #science #scicomm #twowayscience #simoncherriman #insightornithology #custodianship #lovelife

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aquila84wa. Can you imagine having the ability to tap in to the immense resolving

Can you imagine having the ability to tap in to the immense resolving power of that exquisite, sparkling #iris, & see what it sees?! THIS #Warlawurru is a special bird - #wildandfree in his desert home, it was spine-tingling to see him in a very close encounter. More of his story soon... ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ‘โœจ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’› #Martu #MartuCountry #ngurra #bird #eagle #eagles #WedgetailedEagle #Aquila_audax #raptor #raptorresearch #birds #simoncherriman #insightornithology #ornithology #wildoz #wildlife #totembirds #spiritbirds #photography #outback #outbush #lovelife

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aquila84wa. This #Warlawurru / #WedgetailedEagle #eyrie (pic 1) has a slightly fad

This #Warlawurru / #WedgetailedEagle #eyrie (pic 1) has a slightly faded lining of green #Mulga & Eucalypt leaves, embedded in which are eggshell fragments that tell the story of a failed clutch. The #nest belongs to one of only 3 #MartuCountry #MatuwaIPA #eagle pairs who attempted to breed in 2019. All 3 laid eggs but failed during incubation due to extremely dry conditions diminishing their food supply such that incubating female #eagles could not be sustained to see out a 6-week sit. Their abandoned egg(s) are soon eaten by scavengers that break into the protein-rich morsels in situ & leave us nothing but shell-shards to collect. The other 41 resident #eagle pairs did not even attempt to breed, with some placing a full or partial lining in their well-maintained #eyrie but going no further into the breeding cycle. These findings are consistent with @csirogram research carried out in the WA arid zone between 1967 & 1976: eagles cease to breed during drought but breeders remain sedentary, demonstrating the incredible survival capability of these iconic, majestic #apexpredators. Built high in a tall #Junjurru / #Acacia_pruinocarpa, the second nest in this pair's home range provides some landscape context (pic 2), standing out among a sea of Mulga shrubland, another incredible survivor in this parched, hostile desert environment. . Aerial surveys complete, 'stage 2' involves carrying out on-ground fieldwork with Martu rangers. More on that soon! . Thanks a million to our sponsors & supporters in the #GEMG, the #Martu community & MKK-IPA Management committee for endorsing this work, the Dept. of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions for in-kind logistical support, & the wonderful volunteers who have assisted with on-ground fieldwork! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜ . โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฆ…โœจ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒพ #WhereWedgiesDare #Aquila_audax #birds #science #research #ornithology #raptorresearch #simoncherriman #insightornithology #Matuwa #Matuwa2019 #lovelife

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