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…..
oh – stunning!!!
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…
these images made me gasp bulldog! awesome job, just gorgeous!
That is one majestic bird! It definitely reminds me of the American Bald Eagle! Beautiful!
I have research the Bald eagle since the post and can see where the family link comes in.. thank you..
The first two, and last two close-ups are awesome
Wow – he is so similar to the ones we have here! What a beautiful, majestic bird 😀
You live in a great place!
beautiful photos …
you doing a wonderful gift!
Thank you… so kind of you..
That is some serious bird – talk about be majestic.
And those photos are absolutely FAB – love the flying photos
Second from the top is my favorite.
Thank you… a lovely bird to capture .. now all I need is a fish capture ..
You did a fantastic job!
Wow, amazing pics again, bdt. Was he shouting at you in that second to last shot? 🙂
Yes but I can’t tell you what he said… mouth like a sailor…
Thank you.. for the comment and visit…
Oh my my on those closeups!
Thanks Frank… lucky…
Wowww, wowww, sempre più fantastiche le tue foto. Meravigliosi i primi piani.
Thank you Pat.. I was lucky with the close ups…
Non è solo fortuna, sei bravo tu come fotografo 🙂
What a powerful bird!
It is and I love it.. specially the close ups I managed to capture of a injured bird… one really gets to appreciate its size up close…
Even the feathers look powerful!!!
I love eagles! Wow! What great pictures!
Thank you Diana… glad you liked…
The wing span is majestic, and those beady black eyes look as if they’re always searching for prey. The closeups of the face somewhat resemble a parrot: the beak in the next to the last photo…
It is a magnificent bird and has a look about it that just seems to fit the name… I was very interested to read up on the American bald eagle.. almost the same…
I´ll do a drawing of this and previous eagle!
I hope you blog the results…
Very beautiful bird, Bulldog. I love the call too 🙂
I love, love, love the call of the Fish Eagle. Beautiful pictures Bulldog 🙂
Thank you.. it is one sound I think we all know…
It reminds me so much of Rhodesia … the way it used to be …
That’s a good point.. loved them up there…
So up close and personal, I love it! I wonder if they have secret lives and blog pictures of us, lol.
They probably wit for us to turn our backs and then talk about us…
And eat images of us wondering what the real deal will taste like?
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
Thank you Robyn.. it is probably the most heard and recognised sound all over RSA where there is water… I love the bird.. love to you and yours…
What beautiful shots! I especially like the closeups of the face!
Thank you.. I like the close ups but don’t always get the opportunity..
That call almost sounded like our seagulls! Beautiful bird.
And you’re right, they’re very much like our bald eagles.
Same family, as you can notice, first Latin name the same… what I am curious about is the sound your bald eagle makes…
Try this link to a youtube clip for a 31 second video and sound clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlq2kcYQcLc
Glorious bird – It does remind me of our bald eagle. So majestic.
If you look at the latin names you will see both have the same first names.. that makes them family…
Wow, wow, wow!!! In flight shots even – amazing!