Bateleur Eagle

01st April 2013
Bateleur eagles are one of the most readily recognisable of all our raptors, identifiable at a glance by their rocking, unstable flight. Having a very short tail makes them highly maneuverable, but reduces their stability in the air, leading to a flight pattern that appears similar to a tight-rope walker on a wire.

Adults have striking black and white plumage, with a red face and legs. Juveniles, as with many large raptors, take a number of years to achieve the good looks of the adults. This youngster was flying towards me in beautiful morning light, and showing off his agility.






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