Wildlife and Nature Photography

Martial Eagle

With its 8-foot wingspan, the martial eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) can take prey species up to the size of a young ostrich or small impala.  However, this magnificent raptor mainly feeds on smaller mammals and birds.  The belief that it is a predator of domestic livestock has led to its persecution and subsequent declines in population in some areas.

Mobbing a Marshall Eagle, Botswana

We sat in the safari vehicle for several minutes watching this adult bird, while starlings mobbed it.  Mobbing of raptors by smaller birds is a common anti-predator defense tactic.  In fact, I’ve been able to locate and observe many raptors by the pack of noisy birds around it.

Eventually, the eagle flew away as I squeezed off several frames.

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3 responses

  1. Whiggins

    Those mitts are huge!

    January 14, 2009 at 4:31 am

  2. Nice serie!

    January 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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