These are the first pictures I have managed to get of a Wedged-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) on the ground - or in this case a post. All my other pictures have been of birds a very long way up in the sky.
The Wedged-tailed Eagle is Australia's largest bird of prey, and is more or less the third largest eagle in the world. This bird landed briefly on a fence post in the open fields that surround Werribee Sewage Works.
I grabbed my camera and took a burst of about 10 images, and then the bird flew off - more or less at ground level - away from me and my camera. I suspect that the eagle was looking for rabbits - but I may well be wrong. This eagle can be found over much of Australia - and can even be seen about an hours drive from central Melbourne.
A large brown-to-black bird , it has a maximum reported wingspan of 2.84 m (9 ft 4 in) and a length of up to 1.06 m (3 ft 6 in).
I have included 'the bad hair day' picture because I like it!
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