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The African Fish Eagle (haliaeetus vocifer)

The African Fish Eagle or – to distinguish it from the true fish eagles, the African Sea Eagle – is a large species of eagle that is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of open water occur that have an abundant food supply.
This Eagle is part (as many of you will know) of the flying display at the Hawk Conservancy Trust at Andover. His name is Othello and he has been at the Trust for a number of years. In this part of the display Othello is being encouraged to practice his skills,albeit on a very small man made lake (puddle!!!) Since he has always been at the Trust his fishing abilities are entirely instinctive although looking at those exposed talons he would make short work of any fish that may have been in the water.
I hasten to add it was only scraps of food he was being tempted with and nothing live.!!!!!Hope you like him.
Grateful thanks of course to all those kind folks that found time to click/comment on the Barn Owl and particular thanks to Steve(sparrowhawk),Richard (mex) and Brian (brian 65) for the much valued UA's.

Ron

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D4 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Feb 2014 - 3:10 PM
Focal Length:195mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Othello
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:23 Apr 2014 - 8:09 PM
Tags:Birds, Conservancy, Eagles, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife.
Votes:58
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Badgerfred
Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
23 Apr 2014 - 8:17 PM

Nice timing Ron, fine capture,
Fred.

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tomcat
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23 Apr 2014 - 8:30 PM

I recall this pool/pond during a display last SummerWink

Adrian

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taggart
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23 Apr 2014 - 8:38 PM

Very scary claws on that bird!!!

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Brian65
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23 Apr 2014 - 8:39 PM

WOW! you nailed it Ron. I have tried to get it there for three years running, but no joy.
Brian

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rayme330
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23 Apr 2014 - 9:50 PM

A superb action shot of this magnificent eagle, Ron - a natural born predator.

Ray

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annettep38
annettep38 Plus Member 4191 forum postsannettep38 vcard France33 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 10:01 PM

Fantastic timing and an intriguing write up, a real eye opener!
I have seen eagles fishing in Malaysia but could , alas, never get them in the right moment. I might say the pond was slightly larger... The andaman sea!

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franken
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23 Apr 2014 - 10:38 PM

Excellent timing, Ron.

Ken

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DerekL
DerekL Plus Member 10151 forum postsDerekL vcard England24 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 11:05 PM

Well timed shot Ron.
You wouldn't want it to grab your bum with those claws - awesome!

Derek

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Daisymaye
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23 Apr 2014 - 11:28 PM

Great timing! Those feet look big and dangerous.

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SimonFletch
SimonFletch Plus Member 1SimonFletch vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2014 - 4:38 AM

Excellent timing here, Ron and the detail is enviable too.
On my previous two trips to the Mara, there were an abundance of Fish Eagles, all fishing from a narrow stream. One I managed to photograph was just sitting on a rock where the stream narrowed, picking out fish with one foot...!
It's much more enthralling to see them like Othello, diving for their food.
Superb photography and presentation, as always.

Simon

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jaktis
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24 Apr 2014 - 5:06 AM

A cracking pose

Peter

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Maiwand
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24 Apr 2014 - 6:55 AM

Thanks very much everyone.
Ron

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barbarahirst
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24 Apr 2014 - 7:11 AM

Those claws.....whoah!!
But that reflection ofthe wing is exceptional

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sparrowhawk
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24 Apr 2014 - 11:39 AM

oh wow this is truly magnificent !!

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bricurtis
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24 Apr 2014 - 6:01 PM

Superb Ron - thats large killer talons on show there.
Brian.

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Mike_Smith
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24 Apr 2014 - 8:37 PM

Hi Ron, wonderful in flight shot, it makes no difference whether the birds are wild or captive, they are still difficult to capture in flight, so well done

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Holmewood
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24 Apr 2014 - 10:18 PM

What a fantastic shot Ron. Cathy

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Snapitt
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24 Apr 2014 - 10:53 PM

A really superb capture Ron.

Jane

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Glostopcat
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26 Apr 2014 - 10:36 AM

A terrific shot of this magnificent bird coming in to land, you've timed this one to perfection

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ColleenA
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26 Apr 2014 - 10:49 AM

An excellent well timed capture....wow....what a magnificent wingspan

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barbarahirst
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26 Apr 2014 - 6:12 PM

You are featured e2 piccy at the moment Smile Smile Smile Smile
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LexEquine
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26 Apr 2014 - 6:54 PM

Superb {A+++}, fascinating, & wonderful in-flight Capture of this African Fish Eagle, Ron! ~

Regards ~ Peter Wink

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hasslebladuk
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27 Apr 2014 - 8:47 PM

Top shot Ron great action shot
mike

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Ayoob
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28 Apr 2014 - 2:25 AM

Excellent timing and wonderfully captured.....GrinGrinGrin

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brian17302
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28 Apr 2014 - 12:48 PM

Wonderful detailed capture RonGrin
Visited the Hawk Conservancy last year

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accipiter
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2 May 2014 - 7:57 AM

Beautifully timed capture Ron. A

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