Bateleur Hunting

22nd April 2012
We have a beautiful lagoon near the entrance of the park, where a raised track allows you to look down over the area and observe animal behaviour without interfering. While I was sitting out watching elephants feeding on the rice grass, a Bateleur took off from a nearby tree and started hunting at my eye level. As it raced back and forth, I tried to keep up with my camera!

At one point, it plunged to the ground behind a bush, but I wasn't able to see whether it had caught anything. Either way, it was back in the air soon after, so maybe it missed, or maybe it was just a small mouthful.


Photo comment By Amber: Awesome wingspan in the second shot. The way colours are placed on birds always seem to surprise me.. notice the brown cape he wears in the first shot :) Great shots

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