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Mad Aussie
12-29-2011, 08:30 PM
This big fella (makes are smaller than females) is our 'Wedgie' ... the Wedgetail Eagle.

They are the largest raptor in Australia with a max wingspan of around 2.3 metres (7.4 ft) and a length up to 1.04 metres (3.4 ft). Comparable to the Bald and Golden Eagles most of you are more familiar with, and closely related I think.

The record size for this bird was one killed back in 1931 with a span of 2.84 m (9.3 ft).

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Hillbillygirl
12-30-2011, 04:30 AM
Love that first in-flight showing the distinct tail shape from which the name implies, and the underwing markings. Lovely creature.

Mad Aussie
12-30-2011, 02:15 PM
Thanks HBG. Not as pretty as your Bald Eagles though.

susan
12-31-2011, 02:02 PM
first shot is so "stately" and strong! last photo: i love that pose! It shows a more vulnerable, 'sensitive' yet humorous side to this elegant bird of prey.

Mad Aussie
12-31-2011, 04:52 PM
first shot is so "stately" and strong! last photo: i love that pose! It shows a more vulnerable, 'sensitive' yet humorous side to this elegant bird of prey.Thank you