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  Tawny Eagle

 

 

Aquila rapax

(132) 71 cm; 1.94 kg

SEXES  Alike, F larger, and usually darker and more streaked. Plumage variable, from dark rufous brown to light brown (most common) and pale buff. Usually paler than Steppe Eagle and always more rufous. Eyes yellowish; yellow gape extends only as far back as to below centre of eye (diagnostic). Legs fully feathered and more shaggy than Lesser Spotted Eagle. Larger bill than Steppe Eagle.

JUV  Like ad but dark brown eyes and generally paler plumage.

STATUS  Fairly common in protected areas, but population decrease elsewhere of concern; regarded as Vulnerable. Resident. Usually found singly or in pairs (unlike Steppe Eagle).

HABITAT  Favours open savanna woodland. Able to colonise treeless areas where pylons can support nest structures.

FOOD  Prey includes mammals (up to young antelope size), birds, reptiles, frogs, fish and insects. Scavenges at carcasses and also kleptoparasitises other eagles, storks and hornbills.

CALL  Guttural kioh or kowk.

BR Monogamous. Nest placed on top of tree canopy.

 

 

 

Egt001

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

Subject to ID conf

 

 

Egt002

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

Subject to ID conf

 

 

Egt003

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

Subject to ID conf

 

 

Egt004

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

Subject to ID conf

 

 

Egt005

Santawani

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

Egt006

Santawani

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Egt007

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Egt008

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Egt009

Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Egt010

Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Egt011

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Egt012

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Egt013

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Egt014

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Egt015

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Egt016

Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Egt017

Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Egt018

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Egt019

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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