Tawny Eagle - Golden Nature
An adult Tawny Eagle in blur and motion as it drinks water.
Here one can see actually how big the beak can open to. Although it is difficult to compare or comprehend size in a photograph, I can guarantee that this eagle will easily swallow a whole mice down its throat.
The Tawny Eagle is adapted in color to its surroundings, mostly in the Savanna. Camouflage is one of the greatest attributes a predator can have. Prey will have difficulty differentiating a Tawny in approach as its plumage will blend in with the color of sand and bush.
This specific eagle has actually swallowed some sand during its drinking process. One can see the little clump right in the middle of his lower beak. I have another photograph (much more blurred than this one) whereby he spits out the sand. It was a funny moment. One always think of eagles as precise, but even they slip up sometimes.
The Tawny Eagle is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the migratory Steppe Eagle, ''Aquila nipalensis'', and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy; two molecular studies, each based on a very small number of genes, indicate that the species are distinct but disagree over how closely related they are.