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Beware Below !

By Maiwand
The African Fish Eagle (haliaeetus vocifer)

The African Fish Eagle is a large bird, and the female, at 3.2-3.6 kg (7-8 lbs) is larger than the male, at 2-2.5 kg (4.4-5.5 lbs). This is typical of sexual dimorphism in birds of prey. Males usually have a wingspan of about 2 m (6 feet), while females have wingspans of 2.4 m (8 feet). The body length is 6375 cm (2530 in). The adult is very distinctive in appearance with a mostly brown body and large, powerful, black wings. The head, breast, and tail of African Fish Eagles are snow white, with the exception of the featherless face, which is yellow. The eyes are dark brown in colour. The hook-shaped beak, ideal for a carnivorous lifestyle, is yellow with a black tip.
(infor courtesy Wikipedia)
This is obviously a captive bird and is one of the 'acts' in the 1400hrs daily display at the Hawk Conservancy Trust nr. Andover. Had this one for quite a while and thought perhaps it was time to show him.

Most pleased and, of course, quite delighted with wonderful response to the Blue Tit. Thanks everyone.


Tags: Eagle African Raptor Pets and captive animals

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johnke 5 223 15
13 Feb 2013 3:21PM
Fantastic image and love the excellent presentation. The call of the fish eagle is also distinctive and is the most amazing call to hear in he bush...John

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
13 Feb 2013 3:38PM
Excellent in-flight shot, Ron, and accompanied by a full and informative narrative.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
13 Feb 2013 3:38PM
An excellent in flight capture, Ron, and I love the way you have captured him with his white head against the darkness of his wing. Carol
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
13 Feb 2013 3:39PM
Very well caught ,Ron,lots of sharp detail with a relatively short lens.
LV426 9 7 4 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 3:41PM
What a mighty eagel!
Very symbolic and nobel.
Great stuff.
13 Feb 2013 3:49PM
Super in flight capture Ron,
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 3:58PM
A really stunning in-flight image here Ron.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
13 Feb 2013 4:12PM
The call of the Fish Eagle to me is the Call of Africa !! Nothing compares to it Smile A great capture of this lovely bird Ron !!
fantasick shot love it. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 Feb 2013 4:20PM
Thanks a lot everyone.
13 Feb 2013 4:37PM
Excellent in flight capture
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 Feb 2013 4:58PM
A terrific image of this majestic bird hovering in the air
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 5:38PM
Hi Ron

An excellent shot and thanks for the extra information very interesting. Bob
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 5:42PM
WOW! You kept this quiet Ron beautiful in flight, superb detail and pose
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
13 Feb 2013 6:05PM
Stunning capture.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 6:07PM
Surprised that you have only just decided to give this an airing

Might be a captive, but still damn difficult to nail

Top shot Ron

Richsr 11 91 223 England
13 Feb 2013 6:39PM
Good timing and a good inflight capture Ron
Regards Richard
13 Feb 2013 6:50PM
An excellent image and capture Ron, expertly done mate Wink
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 6:59PM
Great eye detail here Ron
and with the blue skies showing
him off here to perfection, so well timed
for the title!!
13 Feb 2013 7:37PM
amazing shot i love all birds of prey ! superbly captured
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
13 Feb 2013 8:40PM
Caught in a perfect pose of eyeing its prey or possibly just hunting out prey. Nice one!


(Spring has arrived here in Texas - we have incessant knocking/pecking sound coming from outside. We have a wren house under the eaves, and it appears the nest-building season has begun!)
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 9:00PM
Great inflight shot Ron, ill be going to my local falconry centre next month when they open for the new season
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
13 Feb 2013 9:01PM
A lot of tracking skill has gone in to the making of this image---along with careful focus and camera settings!

Well done here!
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
13 Feb 2013 9:17PM
A super inflight capture Ron.....Sandy
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 9:22PM
Great composition, pose and feel to this Ronnie; and a wonderful bird

teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
13 Feb 2013 9:32PM
Stunning inflight capture of a very regal looking bird, Ron. Beautifully timed and taken.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 Feb 2013 10:49PM
Thank you all very much.
Tibetan 6 3 England
14 Feb 2013 11:21AM
An excellent photo well taken like these birds, very good in flight detail, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 2:04PM
A super detailed action capture, I think it deserves the famous Deefer Award. Smile

Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 2:37PM
An amazinly sharp in flight capture . Very well done indeed
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
14 Feb 2013 3:35PM
What a great action shot.

(PS..I toned the background color down, just for you....I agree it was a bit over powering!)
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
14 Feb 2013 7:12PM
Perfect pose

JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 8:44PM
A super in-flight shot
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
14 Feb 2013 9:03PM
Wonderful in flight pose Ron.
footloose 7 1 England
15 Feb 2013 9:15AM
Perfect timing on this one,great image.
15 Feb 2013 8:10PM
Stunning flight shot cracking detail
MossyOak 6 22 15 England
17 Feb 2013 12:12PM
Great timing and exposure Ron
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 4:47PM
What a top notch shot Ron, sorry i missed the chance to give you a UA.
milky 14 Wales
18 Feb 2013 11:50PM
Stunning capture Ron nice detail & excellent work--------MilkyWink
LexEquine 12 19 United States
24 Feb 2013 8:42PM
Gorgeous in-Flight Shot! ~ Peter

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