Black Eagle…

We see lots of these huge birds in the Matopos, but usually from a distance. They swoop down from the top of huge boulders to snatch up dassies. They have a very distinctive white Vee on their backs which shows up very well, even when they are flying on thermals. P1290270

This one, at Zebula, was rescued from a nest in a power-line and then kept in a box until rescued again.

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The plan is to teach all the birds of prey, using falconry techniques, to hunt for themselves and finally be rehabilitated into the wild. In the mean time, people will be lucky enough to see (and photograph) them up close.

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This photo above is taken just before she launched herself onto Gareth, (the handler’s) glove.P1290258

Gareth was full of interesting information about the birds (which I hope I don’t get hopelessly muddled!)

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5 thoughts on “Black Eagle…

  1. Verreaux’s Eagle I presume. Fascinating. “Adult Verreaux’s eagles are mostly jet-black in color.[8] The yellow coloration of the cere (the bill is gun-metal grey), eye-ring and “eye-brows”, all stand out in contrast to the black plumage.[15] Even more prominent on flying birds when seen from above is the white on the back, rump and upper-tail coverts and part of the scapulars, which forms a V-shaped patch, although this feature is partially obscured in perched birds.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verreaux%27s_eagle

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