Sunday, August 14, 2022

Booted Eagle

The booted eagle, which we saw in Portugal, is an eagle I'd never heard of. It has a fairly broad presence in Africa and India (non-breeding ground) and much more spread out presence in Europe (although it is found throughout the Iberian Peninsula) and Asia. 
Booted eagle range from Wikipedia. Dark green is year-round, dark blue is non-breeding and light green is bredding. 
We saw an adult booted eagle sitting on a nest, saw it flying, and got photos of a fledgling in the nest in the vicinity of the Tagus River Estuary. 

There are two plumage forms. The light morph is light gray with a darker head and flight feathers. The dark morph, which was saw, has mid-brown plumage with dark gray flight feathers. 

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