Little Eagle is not a small bird, standing up to half a metre tall with a wing-span of a metre – it’s just smaller than other eagles. This species is native to Australia and lives in woodlands, grasslands and arid regions. The open woodland habitat of Little Eagles is thought to be declining in NSW and the ACT, and so the eagle may also be vulnerable to decline.
In late 2013, the Ginninderry project team learnt of a pair of Little Eagles nesting on the project site in the vicinity of Strathnairn – an arts centre on the edge of farms in the project area. The Little Eagle had not been recorded in any of the project’s earlier bird surveys, although it was known on nearby sites along the Molonglo River.
In 2016 we made an amazing discovery after we placed a GPS tracker on one male bird. After following the Eagle for some months using farms and the urban fringe in the region to catch birds and rabbits, all the experts were astounded when it packed its bags and took flight to the Northern Territory – the largest migration of this species ever recorded.
This big secret surprised everyone. Read more about his journey here
Learn more about how Ginninderry and our research partners are Protecting Strathnairn’s Little Eagle.