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African Fish Eagle, Close-up

African fish eagle close-up Caption: Close-up of African fish eagle showing its head in profile, African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, Ashburton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D Digital; Lens: Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 200mm; Shutter speed: 1/500; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400.

The African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer), with its striking looks and distinctive call, is unmistakable among Africa’s raptors and is still commonly found near rivers, lakes, dams, and estuaries in most of sub-Saharan Africa.

Like the roar of a lion and an elephant trumpeting, the fish eagle's haunting call has become synonomous with the African bush and safari destinations.

You can find out more about this bird, including its hunting methods and territorial behavior, from contributing writer Roddy Smith in his article, African Fish Eagle – Handsome Raptor with the Distinctive Call.

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