Wedge-tailed Eagle - Aquila audax

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Aquila audax

Other Names: Wedge-Tail Eagle
Family:
Accipitridae (Osprey, Hawks, Eagles, 18 species in Australia)
Size: F 89-104 cm, M 87-91 cm, wingspan 210 cm approx
Distribution: Most of Australia except some of Western WA
Status: Common
Habitat: Most types except closed forest. It eats carrion (dead animals) and is often seen along roadsides. Soars high on long, fingered, upswept wings
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia's largest bird of prey.

Wedge-tailed Eagle - Aquila audax
Photo: Australia Zoo, QLD

Wedge-tailed Eagle - Aquila audax
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2456 x 1843)

Wedge-tailed Eagle - Aquila audax
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (3008 x 2000)

Wedge-tailed Eagle - Aquila audax
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

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Tasco Essentials 10x50 Binoculars - Wedge-tailed Eagle - Aquila audaxTasco Essentials 10x50 Binoculars

I have the 8x40 of this series, which I bought because I saw them on special, and they had a much clearer image than the cheap no-name brand binoculars I had before. I would have got 10x50 instead if they had been on special also. These are great basic binoculars which can be used for birdwatching, stargazing, etc.

The first number (like 8 or 10) refers to the magnification, so bigger numbers mean you can see closer up, but the image will shake around more. The second number (like 40 or 50) is the diameter of the large lenses in millimetres. Bigger numbers mean more light gets in, so the image is clearer and better, at the expense of being larger and heavier to carry around.

With binoculars, once you get above the really cheap models (like $30-50), the image quality is pretty good. You can pay a lot more, like a few hundred dollars, or $1000 or $2000 even — but most of what you get isn't so much raw image quality but other features like durability, being waterproof, better lens coatings, image stabilisation, etc. Cheaper binoculars are more delicate and if not treated gently the two sides can go out of alignment with each other.

The product information says, "Tasco has been America's popular choice in sports optics for over 50 years. For half a century we've made it our mission to design and manufacture quality optics at prices that will fit any family's budget. Tasco products are packed with the latest features, built to exacting quality control standards, and designed to deliver a lifetime of satisfaction — so you can choose Tasco with confidence. With a great selection to choose from, you're sure to find just the right sports optics product for everyone in your family."

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