Recovering from beak-and-feather disease - a virus that wedge-tailed eagles can catch from the parrots and cockatoos they prey upon - these two wedgies shed their damaged feathers and grow new ones before they can fly once more. The often hop up to the top of this stump where they practice flapping their wings.
IN THE NSW SOUTHERN Highlands, Peggy McDonald has helped run the Australian Raptor Care & Conservation Centre since it was founded in April 2015. The 17ha property rehabilitates injured birds, mostly birds of prey, with the aim to return them to the wild. All photography by Esther Beaton.
Read more about Peggy’s life-long passion for wildlife and how she co-founded the centre in AG#135, out now.