African Fish Eagle

A quick post between power outages here in far western Uganda:

This is an African Fish Eagle, aka Haliaeetus vocifer, spotted today along the Kazinga Channel which connects Lake George and Lake Edward in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park.

It’s a distant cousin of the North America Bald Eagle, but this one is only found in Sub-Saharan Africa where it’s considered fairly common. According to the Birds of Uganda book I bought yesterday –and which got soaked and nearly ruined during the torrential downpour that lasted the entire length of my early morning Chimp tracking hike– it’s been known to capture fish up to 10kg (22lbs) in size.

And since I don’t like how my theme currently publishes lead photos, here it is again with its colors shown much more accurately.

African Fish Eagle

Near Katunguru, Uganda, 30 March 2017.

 

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