Black Eagle – Verreaux’s Eagle (Aquila verreauxii) Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper
FOUR years ago, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa, had a crisis. Their magnificent Black Eagle male disappeared and it was thought that a 40-year old breeding programme would come to an end.
But the female eagle took charge. She disappeared for several days, and reappeared with a young male, and the pair have continued breeding ever since.
This breeding pair are one of the few in an urban environment, and are unique to the Witwatersrand area, although they are under stress because of urban encroachment on their natural environment. This pair live mainly on hares and guinea fowl, although traditionally black eagles eat mostly Dassies.
30th December 2010 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa”
27th August 2013 – FEATURED in “Breathtaking Wild Animals and Plants”