SURVIVAL

WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE, AQUILA AUDAX

Wedge-tailed eagles are such majestic animals. I combined three photos in Adobe Photoshop with a texture layer to create an image that paid tribute to the eagles and represented the harshness of the outback environment in which they often live – where it is a matter of survival of the fittest.

Main image, close-up of a wedge-tailed eagle: WA Birds of Prey Centre, Caversham, Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III, Canon 100mm macro lens, 1/200, f/18, handheld, flash. Fighting wedge-tailed eagles: Road to Gascoyne Junction, WA, Canon EOS 1DX, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/1600, f/9, lens rested on car door. Tree in the outback: Mt Augustus (Burringurrah) National Park, Western Australia, Canon EOS 1DX, Canon 16-35mm f2.8L USM lens, 1/320, f/7.1, handheld

by Georgina Steytler, Western Australia