The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is a large bird of prey.

This Eagle is in a rehab centre after having been brought in from an accident.. it will hopefully be fully rehabilitated and released..

This is a large eagle although it is one of the smaller species in the Aquila genus. It is 60–75 cm (24–30 in) in length and has a wingspan of 159–190 cm (63–75 in). Weight can range from 1.6 to 3 kg (3.5 to 6.6 lb.). It has tawny upper parts and blackish flight feathers and tail.

The Tawny Eagle’s diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, reptiles and birds up to the size of guinea fowl. It will also steal food from other raptors.

The call of the Tawny Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.









































16 thoughts on “The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is a large bird of prey.

  1. Eagles are such majestic birds … sounds cliche to say, but it’s so true. What an awesome opportunity to get such pictures. Your photography is really amazing. Love these. 😀

  2. Wow another very expressive looking bird. I do hope this stunning Tawny Eagle recovers well and has better luck with rehab than I have 🙂 You are a master photographer dear Bulldog… did you get very close up to get these – or is it a major telephoto lens…. these animals may like you!! Hugs – Robyn

    • As a youngster in Rhodesia I got to get to know the Eagles and used to collect birds eggs as a hobby… I don’t have a major tele lens but like to get up fairly close, as long as one does it slowly and without threatening them they will sit fairly still… this guy was not too keen on my approach as you can see by the lowered head… ready to bite..

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