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loafer247

@@JohnT - indeed it was a Black Chested Snake Eagle. Taken in the Mara

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Peter Connan

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Soukous

A few recent sightings from Zimbabwe

 

Giant (Verreaux's) Eagle Owl

 

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African Goshawk

 

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Giant Kingfisher

 

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Western Banded Snake Eagle

 

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Wild Dogger

Short-tailed Eagle aka Bateleur

 

Timbavati Road, Satara area, Kruger NP

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mvecht

Sorry for the quality.

Pictures taken near Mopani Camp Kruger in 2002 with a 4MP camera

3 different species of Vultures in the same tree.

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Martial Eagles mating

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Tom Kellie

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Outstanding Kingfisher Image!

~ @SimplyRed:

 

What an exceptional image this is!

It lights up my computer screen.

So clear, with the kingfisher's beauty so well presented.

Thank you for sharing it on Safaritalk.

Tom K.

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Tom Kellie

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Immature Polemaetus bellicosus in a Puddle




Photographed on 11 February, 2014 at 9:56 am in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super telephoto lens.



ISO 800, 1/3200 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.



We'd been taking many images during a productive morning game drive when we arrived at a fork in the track where this young Polemaetus bellicosus was bathing in a puddle.



It glanced up at us and another vehicle several times while performing its ablutions, before eventually flying up to a high tree branch to dry its plumage.






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Tom Kellie

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Lophaetus occipitalis



Photographed at 9:01 am on 30 April, 2014 at Samburu National Reserve, Kenya with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.



ISO 400, 1/3200 sec., f/4. 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.



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What a welcome surprise to kick off a game drive in lovely Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.



After spotting this adult Lophaetus occipitalis, we parked to observe it for several minutes, the breezes riffling its crest.


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Tom Kellie

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Haliaeetus vocifer at Lake Navaisha

Photographed at 3:54 pm on 8 February, 2014 at Lake Navaisha, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
ISO 100, 1/125 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
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Lake Navaisha visitors are typically shown a variety of water-associated species during the boat tours, both near the surface and perched high above.
Featured are several Haliaeetus vocifer, African Fish Eagle, which respond to whistles by guides, who toss out fish for the habituated fish eagles to catch.

 

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Tom Kellie

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Osprey with Fish at Lake Baringo



Photographed at 5:31 am on 9 February, 2014 on Lake Baringo, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 800, 1/2500 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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We passed this Osprey coming and going during our shoreside boat excursion on Lake Baringo. Each time we saw it plunge to the lake surface and fly upward with a fish in its talons.


Observing an Osprey in Kenya is particularly special as it's a species which I've also observed fishing in the Mai Po Nature Reserve in northwestern Hong Kong.

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Tom Kellie

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Male Pallid Harrier



Photographed at 1:00 pm on 11 February, 2014 in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 800, 1/4000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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We were passing through one of the more barren sections of Amboseli National Park, with low-growing grass between small jagged volcanic stones, the air warm and still.


After minutes without any sightings, this male Pallid Harrier was a welcome change. On the dry ground beside the track, it showed no inclination fly off, thereby facilitating this portrait.

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Tom Kellie

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Magpie Shrike



Photographed at 1:11 pm on 22 January, 2013 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L IS telephoto lens + EF 2x extender.



ISO 100, 1/250 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual Exposure.



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A request for a ‘bird photo stop’ was made when this bird was spotted alongside the track at midday. It was Urolestes melanoleucus, Magpie Shrike.



It's the only time that I ever saw this species in Kenya. Its stance had a familiar feeling about it as the predominant bird where I live is Pica pica, Common Magpie.


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Peter Connan

What a scruffy-looking individual Tom, was it wet or rainy?

 

Strange thing, I have never seen one of these on the ground before (although I am sure they probably catch most of there prey there if they are anything like the other shrikes I know?

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Tom Kellie

What a scruffy-looking individual Tom, was it wet or rainy?

 

Strange thing, I have never seen one of these on the ground before (although I am sure they probably catch most of there prey there if they are anything like the other shrikes I know?

 

~ @@Peter Connan

 

You're right — it was scruffy, as if being exposed to a long night of rainshowers.

However, it wasn't at all rainy that day. Mild weather and no recent rain.

Had it been in tall grass by standing water? Had it taken a bath in a puddle? Was it unintentionally showered by a large mammal tossing around water?

I don't know.

As it was my one and only sighting of a magpie shrike, I couldn't say whether or not being on the ground was characteristic behavior.

It was striking how similar its tail-up, hopping and probing movement was to that of a magpie.

Convergent evolution?

I wonder if this species may have been around during other safaris but somehow in my carelessness I overlooked it.

Tom K.

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Game Warden

I've just tidied up the start of this topic by deleting a few posts in which the images no longer displayed and then a few follow up posts as they no longer made sense, apologies if you see a post of yours has gone.

 

Matt

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Peter Connan

Verraux Eagle

 

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garddens, Roodepoort.

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Very happy that these birds are still successfully breeding here most years, despite being completely surrounded by built-up areas now.

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Tom Kellie

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Juvenile Fiscal on a Snag



~ Photographed on 22 July, 2015 at 3:42 pm in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.



ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec., 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.



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It's seldom that a fiscal will remain perched in one position if the safari van stops nearby. Something about the arrival of the vehicle and the proximity tends to trigger departure.



Not so in this case. This juvenile fiscal may have had limited experience with camera lenses, as it was an obliging model. It's eyes in the dark mask suggest sharp intelligence.



Fiscals, shrikes and boubous are a constant on my safaris. Every few minutes they'll be sighted. As such, seeing them is cheering, for they suggest a certain continuity.


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Ben mosquito

Eastern Chanting Goshawk, (Melierax poliopterus), Samburu national reserve.

 

 

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Love the shades of grey of the wings, one of my favorite bird.

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Tom Kellie

Eastern Chanting Goshawk, (Melierax poliopterus), Samburu national reserve.

 

Love the shades of grey of the wings, one of my favorite bird.

 

~ @@Ben mosquito

 

What a SUPERB portrait !!!!!!!!!!!!

Great color...focus...isolation of the subject.

As soon as I saw it I smiled, as it's exactly the sort of bird image which I enjoy.

Many thanks for posting another Samburu specialty!

Tom K.

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Tom Kellie

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One of Natural Selection's Triumphs



Photographed at 4:33 pm on 29 April, 2014 in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 800, 1/500 sec., f/8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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We had been searching in one area without any sightings, so Anthony changed direction. Almost immediately we spotted this Eastern Chanting-Goshawk perched on a stone beside the track.


It looked at us and we returned its piercing gaze, albeit through our camera viewfinders. Observing the details of its form and plumage, I intensely admired the result of natural selection.

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mmackwan

African Fish Eagle

Photographed at Lake Baringo

 

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mmackwan

Augur buzzard

Taken at Nakuru

 

 

 

 

 

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Tom Kellie

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The Gape



Photographed at 2:04 pm on 20 July, 2015 in Meru National Park, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 400, 1/800 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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My students share with me an appreciation of the incongruous in natural settings. From time-to-time animal behavior amuses due to unexpected action when least expected.


We'd been quietly observing several birds, including two vulture species and several smaller species, during an overcast afternoon. This gaping pose above us broke the silence with laughter.

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mmackwan

can someone tell me what Raptor is this took it on the way from Baringo to Nakuru

 

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Sverker

I think it is Ayres´ Eagle Hieraaetus ayresii.

 

Great photo of a very uncommon raptor.

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