Martial Eagle - Birds

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Martial Eagle

Polemaetus bellicosus

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: males kg (lb), females kg (lb)
Wingspan: 1.9-2.6m (6ft 4in -8ft 4in)
Body lenght: 0.7-0.9m (28in- 36in)
Wild population: 30 000 individuals
Lifespan: max. 30 years
Gestation: at most 1 egg every 2 years, incubation 45 days
Voice: loud cry -"klee-klee-klee"
Identification dark brown upperparts, head and upper chest. The body underparts are white streaked with black
Range: all Sub-Saharan Africa
Habitat: prefers the semi-desert and open savannah

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The female is usually larger and more streaked than the male. The immature is paler above and has white underparts. It reaches adult plumage in its seventh year. The nest is a huge construction, used year after year, measuring 2 m (6.6 ft) in diameter and 0.9 m (3 ft) deep.
This species suffers from persecution through shooting and poisoning, but also from indirect threats, such as collision with power-lines. In many areas where they come into contact with man, eagle populations have decreased greatly through persecution, because they are blamed for killing livestock. In reality, domestic animals constitute only a small proportion of their diet, whereas the presence of eagles is a sure sign of a healthy environment. The preservation of this species depends on education of farmers, and the direct protection of nesting sites.

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camera:NIKON D200
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:450 mm
exposure time:1/640 s
stativ:pytlík s rýží/beanbag
location:Masai Mara, Kenya