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#1 Jochen

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 04:12 PM

Kinda like these threads. Me & my wife been lookin at all pics posted so far and promptly decided to try to spend more time in the bush. :rolleyes:

Let's see your predator birds in action...



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Posted 16 February 2011 - 08:03 AM

.....silence! Okay, I'll be next up and give Jan a potentially wider selection of her photographs to choose from.....

Someone ask for predator birds? Technically, I'm much more predatory than a vulture. :P

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Doesn't get much more predatory than this....

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Ha... ha... ha! Very funny, Paul.

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I refuse to dignify that with a comment....

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 12:57 AM

Paul, just love the ibis!

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 08:05 AM

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 06:48 AM

Giant Eagle Owl
Deception Valley, Central Kalahari GR

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Brown Snake Eagle
Mapula, Moremi GR

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Bateleur Eagle
Vumbura, Moremi GR

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African Marsh Harrier
Xakanaxa region- Okavango Delta

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African Fish Eagle (Juvenile)
Sth Luangwa NP

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Pels Fishing Owl (in midday sun :o )
Sth Luangwa NP

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Black-headed Heron attempting to swallow WHOLE this Scrub Hare it had caught and finally succeeded on it's fifth attempt!
Sth Luangwa NP

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White-backed Vulture dropping in on a Impala carcass.

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Tawny Eagle
Sth Luangwa NP.

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Steppe Buzzard.
Nth Serengeti, Tanzania

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Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk
Sosian, Loisaba- Nth Kenya

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Black-shouldered Kite
Loisaba, Nth Kenya

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Black-chested Snake Eagle.
Masai Mara

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Pygmy Falcon
Nth Serengeti, Tanzania

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Secretary bird
Nth Serengeti, Tanzania.

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White-backed Vulture
Nth Serengeti, Tanzania

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African Fish Eagle takeoff.
Chobe river.

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Augur Buzzard
Loisaba, Nth Kenya.

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Eastern Chanting-Goshawk on Francolin kill.
Loisaba, Nth Kenya

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Verreaux's Eagle Owl
Sth Luangwa NP.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 08:45 AM

Magnificent pics!

(steppe buzzard - not eagle)
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 09:28 AM

Magnificent pics!

(steppe buzzard - not eagle)


Thanks Sverker

I stand corrected, I remember at the time there was much debate over this bird of prey, whether it was the Eagle OR Buzzard species.
My guide @ the time had me convinced it was an Eagle, now looking at my Birds of East Africa guide I can see it is of the Buzzard variety. ;)

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 09:48 AM

Love the secretary bird, but they're all brilliant captures.
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Posted 28 June 2011 - 04:34 AM

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 05:18 AM

Lost for words - really!
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:43 AM

African Fish Eagle video.

5 minutes of African atmosphere ..



Click "Tube" and you will be able to see it full-screen

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:06 PM

hmmm... ZaminOz <glancing at the cards in his hand> quietly folds.


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:16 PM

Perhaps Rainbirder is able to stay in the game?

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:18 PM

BTW, Jochen, what has happened to your images which started this topic off?

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:44 PM

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Goshawk


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Goshawk in flight





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Settling in Again



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Eagle at Work



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Lunch!



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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:54 AM

Do Scavengers count?

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 06:02 PM

Technically, vultures count less than kingfishers. ;) But I'm happy to have them.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:37 PM

Thinks: "Can I get away with this?"

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:53 PM

If that's from your cam trap Nappa, I want to see more...

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:37 PM

African Predatory birds don't come more predatory than this:
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Whilst the Martial Eagle is Africa's largest eagle this bird is Africa's most powerful eagle.

 


Gazing into the eyes of a Crowned Eagle stirs a deep-rooted primal fear. These eagles hunt primates! In fact there is now convincing evidence to suggest that these birds hunted early hominids (eg the "Taung child": http://www.sciencedi...047248485710603 ).
Crowned Eagles hunted our early ancestors!

 

 


It doesn't end there however as Peter Steyn wrote in Birds of Prey of Southern Africa (1982): "One grisly item found on a nest in Zimbabwe by the famous wildlife artist D. M. Henry was part of the skull of a young human. That preying on young humans may very occasionally occur is borne out by a carefully authenticated incident in Zambia where an immature Crowned Eagle attacked a 20 kg seven- year old schoolboy as he went to school. It savagely clawed him on head, arms, and chest, but he grabbed it by the neck and was saved by a peasant woman with a hoe, who killed it, whereafter both eagle and boy were taken to a nearby mission hospital. The boy was nowhere near a nest, so the attack can only have been an attempt at predation."

 

 


These Eagles have been known to kill forest antelope as large as female Bushbuck -death usually results from traumatic haemorrhaging as a consequence of damage inflicted by the long powerful hind-claw!

 

 


Image taken in the Shimba Hills NP, Kenya in July 2012.


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