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A Tawny Eagle rests at a waterhole in the red, red earth of Tsavo East.

This is a large eagle with tawny upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. The lower back is very pale. This species is smaller and paler than the Steppe Eagle, although it does not share that species' pale throat.

Immature birds are less contrasted than adults, but both show a range of variation in plumage colour. The Tawny Eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, reptiles and birds up to the size of guineafowl. It will also steal food from other raptors.

The call of the Tawny Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.

It is about 6272 cm in length and has a wingspan of 165185 cm and it weighs 1.62.4 kg. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the migratory Steppe Eagle, Aquila nipalensis and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy; two molecular studies, each based on a very small number of genes, indicate that the species are distinct but disagree over how closely related they are.

It breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:100-400
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Waterhole Client
Username:wideangler wideangler
Uploaded:26 Nov 2010 - 9:06 PM
Tags:Tawny eagle, Tsavo east, Waterhole, Wildlife / nature
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moiral
moiral e2 Member 3moiral vcard Scotland
26 Nov 2010 - 9:07 PM

Nice capture. Moira

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bromley-smith
26 Nov 2010 - 9:43 PM

Wonderful images Neil, amazing earth colour.
Tony

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Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2010 - 10:42 PM

What a magnificent bird Neil. Love V 2 showing the natural setting.
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Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2010 - 9:32 AM


Quote: What a magnificent bird Neil. Love V 2 showing the natural setting.
Ron

Took the words out of ...... - nice one

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wideangler
27 Nov 2010 - 9:44 AM


Quote: What a magnificent bird Neil. Love V 2 showing the natural setting.
Ron

V2 really is the picture but V1 was meant to attract attention.

As always, Ron and others, thank you for looking. Regards, Neil

Last Modified By wideangler at 27 Nov 2010 - 9:44 AM

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Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2010 - 6:27 PM

Neil, I still think we would have looked if V2 was your lead image...stunning shots both, but love the expanse on V2
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artcubis
artcubis  6 United States6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2010 - 4:16 AM

I love V2 with the setting and environment.

Both lovely shots.

Catherine

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