It's taken more than a year but a young eagle at Taronga Zoo has finally found her wings.
The unnamed bird came to the zoo as a young, thin fledgling after she was found on the central coast.
She spent six months at a rehabilitation centre before moving to Taronga Zoo last year.
But abnormal feather growth meant she didn't take flight until this week, 18 months after Wedge-tailed Eagles usually take to the air.
Taronga Zoo bird trainer Erin Stone said the eagle is now making up for lost time.
"It wasn't long before we needed more space and started visiting parks and ovals around the area," she said.
The Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia's largest bird of prey, is known for a wingspan that can reach 2.5 metres.
It can fly up to 2000m above the ground and uses its advanced eyesight to accurately spot and capture prey.