Eaglemont

It is a well-known fact that predatory birds, especially those birds who are classified as raptors, have a fondness for high places. Their method of predation involves flying high above their prey, to attack from above with surprise. And they tend to roost in high trees, tall crags or on the side of mountains and cliffs, a beaviour intended to protect their offspring from any similar predation.

The Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle is one of the largest birds of prey in the world (by wingspan, it is the third largest eagle), and it follows much the same behaviour as other eagles, seeking high ground to nest and clear ground to hunt. This combination is not always easy to come by, especially in Melbourne, which tends to either flat meadows or gently rolling hills. But there are places where it can be found, and one of them overlooks the Ivanhoe valley from the heights of Heidelberg.

It is the Peak of Falcons, the Crest of Kestrels, the Tor of Vultures, the Crag of Hawks… and the Mount of Eagles.

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