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African Fish Eagle by mamba

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African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

Taken from a small boat on the river at St. Lucia, South Africa.

Olympus C750

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). Males usually have a wingspan of about 2 m (6 feet), while females have wingspans of 2.4 m (8 feet). The length is 63–75 cm (25-30 in). They are 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 and the hook-shaped beak is mostly yellow with a black tip.

Range and habitat:

This species is still quite common near freshwater lakes, reservoirs, or rivers, although they can sometimes be found near the coast at the mouths of rivers or lagoons. As their name implies, African Fish Eagles are indigenous to Africa, ranging over most of continental Africa south of the southern-most edge of the Sahara Desert.


  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    What a beautiful image!!! Great capture!!

  • Many thanks for your comment Dana.

    – mamba

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    Wow Mamba, bravo on this beautiful image! He looks all proud sitting there for you!

  • Thank you muchly swaby. This was a great area too for photographing hippos and crocs.

    – mamba

  • Dania Reichmuth
    Dania Reichmuthover 4 years ago

    Great capture, you were really close to this beauty, great job, love the colors!

  • Many thanks again Dania.

    – mamba

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Mamba! This superb image has been chosen to be among the new set of featured images by our current featured artist Magaret Meintjes

  • Many thanks indeed David and of course to Magaret for this feature.

    – mamba

  • lesleys47
    lesleys47over 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture of a magnificent creature!! Well done!

  • Many thanks indeed Lesley and for all the favs.

    – mamba

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