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Crested Serpent Eagle close-up in Wasgamuwa NP, Sri Lanka When I saw my first one of these outside of Bangalore, India, my guide was ecstatic as apparently they were uncommon there. Not so in Sri Lanka, where we saw several and got close to this one. Crested Serpent Eagle,Fall,Geotagged,Spilornis cheela,Sri Lanka,Wasgamuwa Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Crested Serpent Eagle close-up in Wasgamuwa NP, Sri Lanka

When I saw my first one of these outside of Bangalore, India, my guide was ecstatic as apparently they were uncommon there. Not so in Sri Lanka, where we saw several and got close to this one.

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The Crested Serpent Eagle is a medium-sized bird of prey that is found in forested habitats across tropical Asia. Within its widespread range, there are considerable variations and some authorities prefer to treat several of its subspecies as completely separate species. In the past, several species including the Philippine Serpent Eagle , Andaman Serpent Eagle and South Nicobar Serpent Eagle were treated as subspecies of the Crested Serpent Eagle. All members within the species complex have a large.. more

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Uploaded May 19, 2017. Captured Dec 1, 2015 11:29 in Unnamed Road, Sri Lanka.
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
  • f/5.8
  • 1/202s
  • ISO400
  • 150.5mm