Australia’s apex aerial predator still has to moult

Australia’s apex predator of the sky is the wedge tail eagle. This is Magra, an older wedge tail, who is normally entirely black, but she is moulting, so we see some of her lighter down showing, making her look a little scruffy. It’s only temporary, she’ll be clad in her normal sleek black plumage very soon. I could suggest she’s trying out the equivalent of torn jeans, but it’s not her choice.

This was shot with the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM II, at ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/2000 in bright Australian sun on a near cloudless day.

So you can see the detail, I’ve added it below where you can click on it and see it full size.