Tawny Eagle - Drink of Life
An adult Tawny Eagle takes a drink of water, as photographed in the wilds of Africa.
Eagles, according to my experience, come during lunch hour, mid day. Although light is horrible, this is the most common time of day. Be patient. And hide. With extreme eyesight, they will spot you immediately and fly away. Normally one can see their shadows on the ground as they circle a watering hole before / during their final approach. Hide and remain motion-less. As soon as they land, they are still very wary ... keep on hiding. But when they begin drinking water, slowly, ever so slowly, get into position.
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.