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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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Its an adult Fish Eagle – Haliaeetus vocifer.

Thinking it must be in the Eagle family. Seems to have shorter talons. African Fish Eagle?

African Fish Eagle?

Hi James, Broad dark wings with ginger forward section below; dark bill -if indeed that is what can be seen on the left between the legs; short white tail (with maybe a faintest possibility of the remnants of terminal darker band, suggesting a subadult); a suggestion on the right side that the breast is white as are both sides of the upper back indicating that the neck too is white – all suggest African Fish Eagle. The legs are the problem being more of a chalky white rather than yellow, but they are muddy! The juvenile birds do have paler legs and the photographs in Roberts show much whiter legs than the distinctly yellow legs in the drawings so I am going with a Fish Eagle in the final stages of attaining adult plumage.

Something about this bird says African Fish Eagle to me. It’s the white tail and the dead tree from which it seems to have launched itself. I am guessing African Fish Eagle.

With white tail, black flight feathers with the auburn/red upper feathers i’d say this is an African fish Eagle.

I want to say fish eagle, with the wing colour and the legs?

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