’We’re losing too many eagles’ – Australia News

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A wedge-tailed eagle rehabilitated at a wildlife refuge in Tasmania was released back into the wild on Wednesday, December 21, after seven months in captivity. The Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania, based in Kettering, announced the release as an early Christmas present for the bird, which confidently regained its familiarity with freedom, as shown in footage published by Luke O’Brien. The female bird weighing 4.5kgs was released on the top of a hill at Colebrook, the ABC reported. Credit: Luke O’Brien Photography via Storyful

Raptor Refuge owner and operator Craig Webb with one of many eagles he has rescued. Picture: MATT THOMPSON

FOUR wedge-tailed eagles have died near Tasmanian powerlines during the past fortnight, with electrocution the confirmed cause of death for two of the endangered birds.

Raptor and Wildlife Refuge founder Craig Webb said in the most recent case an eagle was found below powerlines at Gretna on Monday. An avian specialist confirmed the death was caused by electrocution.

Mr Webb said it was the third eagle found dead near powerlines this week, with the causes of death of the remaining two — found near lines on the East Coast — not yet confirmed. He said another eagle was electrocuted at Richmond two weeks ago.

Mr Webb said a “significant” number of eagles had died because of powerlines this year.

He said Raptor Refuge was in talks with TasNetworks about reducing the threat to eagles. This includes the installation of “flapper” devices that bundle the wires to prevent raptor electrocution.

“The wheels of progress are turning slowly … but we’re at a positive junction and I believe the way forward is to work together. The…

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