Monday, June 11, 2018

African Fish Eagle

The cry of the African fish eagle has been described as the "sound of Africa" (hear and see it here). It is found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and is the national bird of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Sudan. 
We saw it on several occasions, but our best views were in the Okavanga Delta of Botswana. It has a striking resemblance to the Bald Eagle of North America. 

The head, breast and tail is white, except for the face which is featherless and yellow. The eyes are dark brown and the beak is yellow with a black tip. Its body is mostly brown with black wings. 

It mainly eats fish which it snatches out of the water with its powerful talons. 


  1. Fun to see the close-up of the face. A truly majestic bird and quite a thrill to see them in their natural habitat.