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Canon 60D, 100-400L, 400mm, 1/160, f5.6, ISO 200

The most colourful and striking of all the eagles in the southern African region, the bateleur eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus) is hard to miss. The striking reds and yellows of the beak and facial area are still in the developmental stage so this juvenile has a ways to go before he sports the full adult colouration.

Bateleur are typically the first bird of prey to identify fresh carrion. They have a preference for the eyes and tongue and it is once these body parts have been extracted that vultures are able to identify from the air that the animal is indeed dead and ready to be feasted on.

Kruger National Park, South Africa


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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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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/04/04 2 Images per day

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/04/04 1 Image per 24hrs
    Stunning capture!

  • Thanks Magaret!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 2 years ago

    April 9, 2012

  • Thanks Teresa!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 2 years ago

    Fabulous one,Dan :)

  • Thanks Tony! I was really chuffed with this one. It was so close and so cooperative….it was a real pleasure just being able to shoot in such great light.

    – Dan MacKenzie

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    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    29 April 2012 – 2 images per day

  • Graeme Mockler
    Graeme Mocklerover 2 years ago

    Superb clarity ! Nice shot

  • Thanks very much Graeme. I’ve not often had opportunity to get this close to the bateleur so took advantage of the chance I had!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 2 years ago


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    Mary Sediciover 1 year ago

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