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Kinda like these threads. Me & my wife been lookin at all pics posted so far and promptly decided to try to spend more time in the bush. :rolleyes:

Let's see your predator birds in action...

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My go at a Fish Eagle, taken at Naivasha on an early morning boat trip  

We found this Martial Eagle in the grass amongst the trees not far from our camp in Ndutu, Serengeti. He/she was concentrating on eating a rabbit it had killed and did not want to abandon the meal, e

Martial Eagle taking off in the Maasai Mara  

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.....silence! Okay, I'll be next up and give Jan a potentially wider selection of her photographs to choose from.....

 

Someone ask for predator birds? Technically, I'm much more predatory than a vulture. :P

 

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Doesn't get much more predatory than this....

 

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Ha... ha... ha! Very funny, Paul.

 

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I refuse to dignify that with a comment....

 

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twaffle

Paul, just love the ibis!

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madaboutcheetah
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africaaddict

Giant Eagle Owl

Deception Valley, Central Kalahari GR

 

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Brown Snake Eagle

Mapula, Moremi GR

 

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Bateleur Eagle

Vumbura, Moremi GR

 

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African Marsh Harrier

Xakanaxa region- Okavango Delta

 

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African Fish Eagle (Juvenile)

Sth Luangwa NP

 

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Pels Fishing Owl (in midday sun :o )

Sth Luangwa NP

 

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Black-headed Heron attempting to swallow WHOLE this Scrub Hare it had caught and finally succeeded on it's fifth attempt!

Sth Luangwa NP

 

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White-backed Vulture dropping in on a Impala carcass.

 

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Tawny Eagle

Sth Luangwa NP.

 

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Steppe Buzzard.

Nth Serengeti, Tanzania

 

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Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk

Sosian, Loisaba- Nth Kenya

 

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Black-shouldered Kite

Loisaba, Nth Kenya

 

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Black-chested Snake Eagle.

Masai Mara

 

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Pygmy Falcon

Nth Serengeti, Tanzania

 

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Secretary bird

Nth Serengeti, Tanzania.

 

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White-backed Vulture

Nth Serengeti, Tanzania

 

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African Fish Eagle takeoff.

Chobe river.

 

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Augur Buzzard

Loisaba, Nth Kenya.

 

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Eastern Chanting-Goshawk on Francolin kill.

Loisaba, Nth Kenya

 

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Verreaux's Eagle Owl

Sth Luangwa NP.

 

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Cheers

Marc

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Sverker

Magnificent pics!

 

(steppe buzzard - not eagle)

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africaaddict

Magnificent pics!

 

(steppe buzzard - not eagle)

 

Thanks Sverker

 

I stand corrected, I remember at the time there was much debate over this bird of prey, whether it was the Eagle OR Buzzard species.

My guide @ the time had me convinced it was an Eagle, now looking at my Birds of East Africa guide I can see it is of the Buzzard variety. ;)

 

Cheers

Marc

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JohnR

Love the secretary bird, but they're all brilliant captures.

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ZaminOz

hmmm... ZaminOz <glancing at the cards in his hand> quietly folds.

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Lost for words - really!

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African Fish Eagle video.

 

5 minutes of African atmosphere ..

 

 

Click "Tube" and you will be able to see it full-screen

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Game Warden

Perhaps Rainbirder is able to stay in the game?

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Game Warden

BTW, Jochen, what has happened to your images which started this topic off?

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Goshawk

 

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Goshawk in flight

 

 

 

 

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Settling in Again

 

 

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Eagle at Work

 

 

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Lunch!

 

 

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Waiting for Lunch

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Technically, vultures count less than kingfishers. ;) But I'm happy to have them.

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Game Warden

If that's from your cam trap Nappa, I want to see more...

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Rainbirder

African Predatory birds don't come more predatory than this:
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Whilst the Martial Eagle is Africa's largest eagle this bird is Africa's most powerful eagle.

 


Gazing into the eyes of a Crowned Eagle stirs a deep-rooted primal fear. These eagles hunt primates! In fact there is now convincing evidence to suggest that these birds hunted early hominids (eg the "Taung child": http://www.sciencedi...047248485710603 ).
Crowned Eagles hunted our early ancestors!

 

 


It doesn't end there however as Peter Steyn wrote in Birds of Prey of Southern Africa (1982): "One grisly item found on a nest in Zimbabwe by the famous wildlife artist D. M. Henry was part of the skull of a young human. That preying on young humans may very occasionally occur is borne out by a carefully authenticated incident in Zambia where an immature Crowned Eagle attacked a 20 kg seven- year old schoolboy as he went to school. It savagely clawed him on head, arms, and chest, but he grabbed it by the neck and was saved by a peasant woman with a hoe, who killed it, whereafter both eagle and boy were taken to a nearby mission hospital. The boy was nowhere near a nest, so the attack can only have been an attempt at predation."

 

 


These Eagles have been known to kill forest antelope as large as female Bushbuck -death usually results from traumatic haemorrhaging as a consequence of damage inflicted by the long powerful hind-claw!

 

 


Image taken in the Shimba Hills NP, Kenya in July 2012.

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Something to tell those who like to ride with head sticking out the roof?

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Game Warden

Nappa, can you start a new thread here in the Photography subforum for your cam trap images? Many thanks.

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Various Predator birds in different parks

 

1: ... Eagles (forgot the name) - Masai Mara

2, 3 : African Cormorand - Lake Naivasha

4: ... Falcon (name) - Lake Nakuru

5: Pied kingfisher - Lake Nakuru

6: Marabu - Lake Nakuru

7: Crested Eagle - Lake Nakuru

8: Pygmy Falcon - Amboseli

9: Crested Eagle - Amboseli

10-13: Secretary Bird - Amboseli

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Uh_oh busted

Maybe I should wait until I'm home and can crop him for a better close up...but I kinda like all the branches around him..

 

This fish eagle was at Imbabala in Zimbabwe last week.

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