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Waterhole Client

By wideangler
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

Tags: Waterhole Tsavo east Tawny eagle Wildlife and nature

Voters: moiral, bromley-smith, Maiwand and 8 more

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moiral 7 12 Scotland
26 Nov 2010 9:07PM
Nice capture. Moira

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26 Nov 2010 9:43PM
Wonderful images Neil, amazing earth colour.
Maiwand 10 3 73 England
26 Nov 2010 10:42PM
What a magnificent bird Neil. Love V 2 showing the natural setting.
Ray42 9 3 England
27 Nov 2010 9:32AM

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

Took the words out of ...... - nice one
27 Nov 2010 9:44AM

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

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

As always, Ron and others, thank you for looking. Regards, Neil
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2010 6:27PM
Neil, I still think we would have looked if V2 was your lead image...stunning shots both, but love the expanse on V2
artcubis 10 6 United States
28 Nov 2010 4:16AM
I love V2 with the setting and environment.

Both lovely shots.


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