Bateleur Eagle - New Wings
A young Bateleur Eagle spreads his wings at a watering hole.
This young eagle has just recently left his nest, and caring mother. The mother will still provide food, but less and less each time. It is time for him to find his own wings.
It is now middle Spring in Namibia, with day temperatures soaring into the 40's degrees Celsius. With such heat, one can only imagine the reason why this eagle is spreading its wings, is to "burn off" ticks and lice that he might have accumulated in the nest. All the youngsters do this.
This young eagle's favorite food :
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. It.. more