Tawny and Bateleur Eagle - Showdown
An extremely rare shot of a Tawny Eagle taking on a Bateleur Eagle at a watering hole.
I have mentioned this a few times before, but eagles are absolutely aggressive when it comes to a watering hole. Here a Tawny could not tolerate the presence of a Bateleur, clearing displaying anger and aggression via flapped wings and puffed feathers. It was something to see ...
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.