|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]|
|The African Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer or - to distinguish it from the Ichthyophaga true fish eagles, African Sea-eagle - is a large species of eagle and a bird of prey.|
Its closest relative appears to be the critically endangered Madagascar Fish-eagle. As in all sea-eagle species pairs, thie one consists of a white-headed species (the African Fish-eagle) and a tan-headed one. These are an ancient lineage of sea-eagles, and as such have dark talons, beaks, and eyes (Wink et al. 1996). Both species have at least partially white tails even as juveniles.
African Fish-eagles are large birds, and the females are often larger than the males. Males usually have a wingspan of about 6 feet, while females have wingspans upwards of 8 feet. They are very distinctive in appearance with a mostly brown body and large, powerful, black wings. The head, breast, and tail of African Fish-eagles are snow white and the hook-shaped beak is mostly yellow with a black tip.
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très belle prise de vue une netteté impecable bravo
Trés belle image.
Hi Robi ,
excellent details and sharpness.
well composed and nice BG.
very well captured.
thanks and regards
- [2008-02-11 0:33]
Very nice portrait of this african fish eagle. I liked the focus, sharpness, composition and the background. TFS