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Bateleur Eagle - Impressions of Anger An adult Bateleur Eagle puffs up to warn off other eagles from using its watering hole.  Photographed in the complete wilds of Namibia.  Bateleur,Geotagged,Namibia,Terathopius ecaudatus,anger,angry,captivate,feathers,impressive,plumage,puff,red Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Bateleur Eagle - Impressions of Anger

An adult Bateleur Eagle puffs up to warn off other eagles from using its watering hole. Photographed in the complete wilds of Namibia.

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  1. Quite intimidating... Posted 4 years ago
    1. Absolutely ... they get very upset very quickly. Thanks for commenting. Posted 4 years ago
  2. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "The Bateleur eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus) is a spectacularly beautiful bird with its scarlet face, yellow beak, short tail, and shiny, black feathers. Native to sub-Saharan Africa, they are hunters, scavengers, and are highly territorial. They live in a variety of habitats, and willingly feast upon birds, reptiles, small mammals, and carrion. Flying for up to eight hours at a time, the birds can cover close to 500 km (300 miles) in their daily search for food. They assertively defend their territory, as shown in this photo of a female bateleur puffing up to defend her watering hole from thirsty antagonists. The name "bateleur" means “tight-rope walker” in French. This name aptly describes their erratic, unstable manner of flying, thanks to their tiny tails. Their rocking flight motion mimics the unstable movements of a tight-rope walker trying to maintain her balance. But, despite this apparent clumsiness, bateleurs are true sky acrobats. They dive, perform 360 degree barrel rolls, twirl, and execute spectacular vertical climbs. Regardless of their success in nature, they are listed as "near threatened" on the IUCN Red List due to habitat loss, hunting, poisoning, pesticides, and capture for exotic trade. Sadly, only 2% of chicks are able to survive to adulthood. Living on large reserves is currently the best method employed to protect this species. {Spotted in Namibia by JungleDragon user, Living Wild} #JungleDragon"
    Posted one year ago
    1. I am continually wowed by the posts here on JD! This one is definitely worthy of being highlighted! Posted one year ago
      1. Thanks :)! I have a HUGE list to post, and it keeps getting longer! There is an endless amount of cool stuff on JD! Posted one year ago
        1. Such a nice posting! I had missed it! :-) Posted one year ago

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The Bateleur is a medium-sized eagle in the bird family ''Accipitridae'' which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as buzzards, kites and harriers. It is the only member of the genus ''Terathopius'' and probably the origin of the "Zimbabwe bird", national emblem of Zimbabwe.

The Bateleur eagle is a common resident species of the open savanna country in Sub-Saharan Africa, though it also occurs in south-west Arabia. Total distribution size is estimated at 28,000,000 km2... more

Similar species: Falcons
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Uploaded Jan 9, 2015. Captured Jul 19, 2013 11:48 in D2874, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/9.0
  • 1/332s
  • ISO400
  • 439mm