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By Maiwand
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.


Tags: Wildlife Birds Eagles Pets and captive animals Conservancy

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23 Apr 2014 8:17PM
Nice timing Ron, fine capture,

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tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 8:30PM
I recall this pool/pond during a display last SummerWink

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
23 Apr 2014 8:38PM
Very scary claws on that bird!!!
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 8:39PM
WOW! you nailed it Ron. I have tried to get it there for three years running, but no joy.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 9:50PM
A superb action shot of this magnificent eagle, Ron - a natural born predator.

annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
23 Apr 2014 10:01PM
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!
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 10:38PM
Excellent timing, Ron.

DerekL 13 191 24 England
23 Apr 2014 11:05PM
Well timed shot Ron.
You wouldn't want it to grab your bum with those claws - awesome!

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
23 Apr 2014 11:28PM
Great timing! Those feet look big and dangerous.
24 Apr 2014 4:38AM
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.

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
24 Apr 2014 5:06AM
A cracking pose

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
24 Apr 2014 6:55AM
Thanks very much everyone.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2014 7:11AM
Those claws.....whoah!!
But that reflection ofthe wing is exceptional
24 Apr 2014 11:39AM
oh wow this is truly magnificent !!
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
24 Apr 2014 6:01PM
Superb Ron - thats large killer talons on show there.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2014 8:37PM
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
24 Apr 2014 10:18PM
What a fantastic shot Ron. Cathy
24 Apr 2014 10:53PM
A really superb capture Ron.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
26 Apr 2014 10:36AM
A terrific shot of this magnificent bird coming in to land, you've timed this one to perfection
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
26 Apr 2014 10:49AM
An excellent well timed a magnificent wingspan
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 6:12PM
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LexEquine 12 19 United States
26 Apr 2014 6:54PM
Superb {A+++}, fascinating, & wonderful in-flight Capture of this African Fish Eagle, Ron! ~

Regards ~ Peter Wink
27 Apr 2014 8:47PM
Top shot Ron great action shot
Ayoob 7 Australia
28 Apr 2014 2:25AM
Excellent timing and wonderfully captured.....GrinGrinGrin
28 Apr 2014 12:48PM
Wonderful detailed capture RonGrin
Visited the Hawk Conservancy last year
2 May 2014 7:57AM
Beautifully timed capture Ron. A

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