African Fish Eagle.. the call of Africa..

African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer).

This bird is the most recognised bird in Africa, similar to the American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) it is very easy to ID, and that call has every one looking to the skies to capture a glimpse of this magnificent bird as it sails past… here is a sample of the call ….

I just love this bird and it gracious manner of flight. If I could only capture a bird catching it’s food….

The African Fish Eagle is a large bird, and the female, at 3.2-3.6 kg (7-8 lbs.) is larger than the male, at 2-2.5 kg (4.4-5.5 lbs.). Males usually have a wingspan of about 2 m (6 feet), while females have wingspans of 2.4 m (8 feet). What a magnificent bird…..





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55 thoughts on “African Fish Eagle.. the call of Africa..

  1. Cross the mighty Kariba, sail up Sanyati Gorge,
    Another world awaits you, memories yet to forge,

    Only few have ever entered, to savor Eden lost.
    Splendid rugged beauty, upon your mind embossed,

    The home of the Eagle, nests high in the crags,
    Built on rocky outcrops, its branches and its snags,

    Majestic brown fish eagle, Africa’s proudest bird,
    Lamenting, eerie cry, unlike you’ve ever heard

    Echoed haunting cry, from cliff face on high
    Spot him you may not…but you’ll never forget his cry…

    Alf Hutchison

  2. Incredible captures here bulldog ~ your love for this feathered creature shines right through your work! The call was wild…nearly gave my doggie a heart attack!!! Thank you for sharing — amazing dear friend ~ Love to you and Linda ~ RL

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