This stunning illustration by Gooitzen van der Meer is based on an amazing photograph taken by Simon Cherriman; biologist, filmmaker and environmental educator. Gooitzen's ability to capture the birds so as they appear almost 3-D like is incredible and his love of birds of prey becomes evident through this piece.
Wedge-tailed eagles are thought to mate for life and incubate up to two eggs at a time, but usually only one chick survives. Chicks are reliant for food for up to six months and are fed native and introduced mammals and even some birds and reptiles. They leave their natal territory before the next breeding season and spend a few years wandering the landscape before being old enough to breed.