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