The beautiful Tawny Eagle taken at Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre which is located near Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest, in Hampshire,UK It is home to a large collection of Owls and Birds Of Prey.
Taken with an Olympus E 520 DSLR
The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is a large bird of prey. It is about 62–72 cm in length and has a wingspan of 165–185 cm and it weighs 1.6–2.4 kg. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the migratory Steppe Eagle, Aquila nipalensis, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy;123 two molecular studies, each based on a very small number of genes, indicate that the species are distinct but disagree over how closely related they are.4
It breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. It is a resident breeder which lays 1–3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree, crag or on the ground.
Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats, such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah, plains.