African Hawk Eagle

05th July 2011
Coming back from the park this morning, I stopped on the bridge to talk to the ZAWA scouts at the gate. All the while that I was standing there, I could hear Guinea Fowl calling frantically from the area near our access road.
I rushed down there, knowing that the extended calls from the ground dwelling Guinea Fowl signalled a bird of prey - which seem to be their biggest fear - rather than any other predator. Looking around in the trees nearby, I eventually found this female African Hawk Eagle sitting in a sausage tree.

It's clear from her swollen crop, that she had already eaten (probably a whole Guinea fowl!) and wasn't about to feed again.

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