My latest design release is an impressive, but somewhat intimidating, creature merely because of its size, power and features. Sometimes known as an Eaglehawk, the Wedge-tailed Eagle (named for its distinctive long, diamond-shaped tail) is the Northern Territory's fauna emblem and is found throughout mainland Australia in a natural habitat of woods, forested land and open country.
As Australia's largest bird of prey, the Wedge-tailed Eagle is often seen perching high on a dead tree, pole or prominent rock or majestically soaring to heights of 1800 metres on a massive and powerful wingspan of 2 to 3 metres hunting or spotting their food source which consists of smaller animals, reptiles, birds and carrion. With long strong broad wings, fully feathered legs all the way to the feet, keen eyesight and a sharp, formidable beak and claws, their prey simply don't stand a chance when swooped upon. Interestingly, the female eagle is larger and heavier than the male and builds its nest of dead sticks in the tallest tree or cliff edge in a location with views of its home range and breeding territory. The Wedge-tailed Eagle is known to sometimes make whistling, yelping and squealing noises.
My cross stitch design consists of 10 colours and is 89 x 83 mm in size (3.5 x 3.3 inches). It is another personal favourite and I was very pleased with how I was able to depict the power and strength of the Wedge-tailed Eagle's features and sharpness in its eyes. Perched very high on a rock in a location where the land below could be vastly surveyed meant the sunset sky backdrop could be used to advantage.
I'm sure this design would make an impressive card for any wild bird lover but would look equally as spectacular as a framed item of work.
'The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes' - Marcel Proust