Bateleur Eagle - Golden Pose
An adult Bateleur Eagle poses for a shot.
With a much shorter tail than other eagles or raptors for that sake, this beauty is named after an acrobat (French word for tight-rope walker - Bateleur). Within the description of this species, you will see it refers to the tipping wings for this naming. But I have been taught it because of the short tail.
Although this photo does not show the tail, he still reflects the grandeur that only an Eagle can. Forever symbolized on the Namibian 1 $ coin, this beauty is known and respected by all.
Being rather aggressive and dominate around watering holes, appearances are always deceiving. These eagles can and will fight to the bitter end in order to protect their water resources.
Photographed in the wilds of Namibia, southwestern Africa.
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