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Eagles at Elliston
Title : Eagles at Elliston Eagles at Elliston
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Place Of Creation : Elliston
Date of creation : ca. 1960
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 200 x 155 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Twenty five dead Wedge-tailed Eagles killed by an Elliston property owner because they were attacking sheep and a farm dog due to starvation caused by rabbits dying of myxomatosis.

The Wedge-tailed Eagle has been hunted in the past because of its reputation for killing lambs. However rabbits and carrion are the most important part of its diet although it is an opportune hunter that also eats marsupials, young dingos and other birds such as galahs. It is now a protected species.

Region : Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast
Further reading :
Cayley, Neville W. What bird is that?, Dingley, Vic. : Redwood Editions, 2000
Olsen, Penny. Wedge-tailed eagle, Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, 2005.
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