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In celebration of birds!

Huge THANK YOU to Sandy and Hills of Africa Travel for featuring some of Dave’s fish eagle photo’s on their fabulous blog: http://livethemagicofafrica.wordpress.com/.

Have a look there and read Sandy’s insightful article on these stunning birds. She taught us a new term – “kleptoparasites” – which fish eagles are categorized as because they have “been known to steal prey from other bird species, as well as steal eggs and young from other water birds’ nests”.

Dave shot a phenomenal sequence in the Okavango Delta which illustrates this perfectly. It involves a fish eagle swooping in to steal a fish from a saddlebilled stork. The series is included in Sandy’s post, but it’s so exceptional that I’m going to add it here too.

Dave supplied this sequence to Birdlife South Africa, an organization which “Gives Conservation Wings”. It is printed across the contents pages of their beautiful book, “A Feathership of Partners”, which was conceptualised and created by Malcolm Drummond – thank you, Malcolm! If you love birds, please visit their site (www.birdlife.org.za) to see how you can help 🙂

SUCCESSFUL CATCH...
SUCCESSFUL CATCH…

BIG FRIGHT!
BIG FRIGHT!

DIVE-BOMB
DIVE-BOMB

CONFRONTATION
CONFRONTATION

FLURRY OF WINGS
FLURRY OF WINGS

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY...
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY…

No breakfast for the birds, but the fish was smiling!

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