African Fish Eagle

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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The African Fish Eagle is a fairly large eagle. It has a distinctive black, brown, and white plumage.
Diet
Although, as its name suggests, it feeds extensively on fish, in some areas it preys on flamingoes and other water birds.
Behaviour
The African Fish Eagle has two distinct calls. In flight or perched, the sound is something like the American Bald Eagle. When near the nest its call is more of a ‘quock’ sound – the female is a little shriller and less mellow than the male. So well known and clear is the call of this bird that it is often known as ‘the voice of Africa’. The African Fish Eagle is usually seen in pairs inside and outside the breeding season, even sharing kills made by either of them. They spend more time perched than flying, and usually settle for the day by 10am, having made their kill, although they will kill at any time of the day.
Photo in Kruger National Park.
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

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