The Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle.

eagleKnown for majestically soaring above the Tasmanian bushland, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle (this one pictured was an injured wild bird being released) is slowly disappearing.
With population estimates hovering below 440 breeding adults the eagle are a serious part of the Tasmanian ecosystem.
Eating almost any small marsupials or mammals, most snake, lizards, fish and cats, the eagle is another top-order predator that keeps the balance of the ecosystem in check.


Because it lives all around Tasmania and has such a wide variety of prey, the eagle is not endangered because of shortage of habitat.
Its primary threat is its fragile nesting behaviour in which slight disruptions can scare a female away from her fertilised eggs. This occurs most frequently with human contact.
In addition, there are common persecutions from human when livestock are taken as prey. Chickens, geese and small or sick animals are sometimes seen as food options for the eagle, occasionally bringing them in contact with farmers.
Studies estimate that five per cent of adult eagles and 35 per cent of juvenile eagles are killed each year from human contact.
via Gallery: Australia’s keystone endangered species.

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