African Fish-Eagle - Birds

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African Fish-Eagle

Haliaeetus vocifer

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: males up to 2.5kg (5.5lbs), females up to 3.6kg (8lbs)
Wingspan: 2-2.4m (6ft - 8ft)
Body lenght: approx. 0.80m ( up to 32in)
Wild population: 300 000 individuals
Lifespan: 12-15 years, up to 40 years in captivity
Gestation: 1-3 eggs, incubation after 42-45 days
Voice: loud, piercing, cheerful yelp which is characteristic sound of many african watersides
Identification white head, neck and chest, yellow beak, brown body, black wings
Range: Sub-Saharan Africa
Habitat: lakes and rivers, creeks along seashores and man-made reservoirs

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The African Fish-Eagle hunts from perches over water, gliding down with its feet extended far forward. Feeds chiefly on large fish that swim near the surface. Also takes young ducks, flamingoes, crocodile hatchlings, small turtles and monitor lizards or can snatch fish from other predators like herons, storks, pelicans.
Builds a large stick nest in a tree or on a cliff and uses it for many years.

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camera:NIKON D300
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:600 mm
exposure time:1/1000 s
stativ:pytlík s rýží/beanbag
location:South Luangwa, Zambia