“The Wedge-tailed Eagle” by Toni Newell

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The Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) is the largest bird of prey in Australia and can be found throughout the country.

Its length is between 81-106 cm with a wing span of up to 232 cm. with a lifespan of up to 40 years,

It has an unmistakable wedge-shaped tail with feathered legs and in maturity has have a dark blackish brown plumage.

It is a carnivore and its diet consists of carrions, rabbits, hares but can also include foxes, feral cats, small kangaroos, possums wombats etc.

 

 

The Wedge-tailed Eagle

 

Graceful wings sore through the sky,

Majestically they fly on high,

Gliding, then they flap again,

Over paddocks of green terrain.

Drifting as they look for prey,

On this warm and sunny day.

Movement spotted on the ground,

Rabbits hopping all around.

The eagle swoops, its talons out,

Plucks a rabbit as it hops about.

Flies back home with all its might,

To enjoy supper that very night.

 

 

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