Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 400mm, 1/1600, f9, ISO 400

Breaking for a short coffee break while on a bush walk in South Luangwa national park, I noticed this western banded snake eagle (Circaetus cinerascens) perched in the top of a tree. Being an uncommon raptor I was understandably enthusiastic about getting as many shots off as I could. It wasn’t until it took off that I realized that it had it’s breakfast of spotted bush snake in it’s talons and a great shot for the taking!

South Luangwa national park, Zambia

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at

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    Magaret Meintjesalmost 2 years ago

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  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 2 years ago

    great capture … is that a poisonous variety of snake?

  • Thanks very much Carol! I’m pretty sure this one is a spotted bush snake which is non poisonous, however am not absolutely sure that it isn’t a boomslang….which is deadly poisonous. Either way, the snake eagles are incredibly adept at neutralizing the threat and turning snakes into a meal.

    – Dan MacKenzie

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