The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle — which has a few different features and habits from its mainland relative — faces a number of challenges in its life, including:
- Disturbance near a nesting eagle — even a curious walker as far away as a kilometre — can result in loss of eggs or chicks.
- Removal of nest trees or surrounding vegetation (the same nest may be used intermittently over decades).
- Risks of collisions with infrastructure and vehicles.
- Indirect poisoning from rodenticides and lead.
It’s not yet clear whether current conservation actions are sufficient to allow eagle numbers to recover. Through Where? Where? Wedgie! we hope to find out, and also encourage more people to help reduce these challenges.