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Unread postby Snoobab » Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:23 am

They are also oppurtunists and can and do steel food from others. But a lamb might be too big for them to kill. I did once see a documentry about fish eagles hunting in pairs and catching Flamingos :shock:

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:29 am

The one we saw at Kanniedood Dam in July was definitely eating what looked like a rabbit or such. It was also the first time I actually saw one eating an animal.

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Unread postby francoisd » Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:45 pm

Johann photographed this African Fish Eagle during his October trip to Kruger
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Acekam posted this African name for Fish Eagle in the African names for animals thread
Inkwazi = Fish Eagle
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Unread postby Elsa » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:03 pm

I am just wondering if there is any specific reason why we saw so few Fish Eagles last week, normally I hear them everywhere in Kruger and thrill to the call but this time we hardly heard or saw any.
Could it be because of the abundant water and rivers flowing too fast and deep, but even the dams were unusually silent to their call, unless we were just unlucky. :?
I guess there is plenty of water everywhere and they could have dispersed as have the animals.
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Unread postby Freda » Thu Mar 02, 2006 8:10 pm

I also wondered about that, Elsa, I only heard one fish eagle the whole weekend and that was on the S114 as I was heading to Malelane gate.

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Unread postby Snoobab » Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:30 am

There was a report on SABN that Pels in Pafuri area are harder to find lately, there reason was that because all the rivers are so full there are plenty good fishing areas for them and they are not all concentrated in any one area. This might be the case for the Fish Eagles.

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Fish eagle attack - 5 pictures

Unread postby richardharris » Sat Jul 01, 2006 1:14 am

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Seen at the Engelhard dam

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:36 pm

Near Olifants - Sept 2006
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Unread postby Freda » Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:35 pm

Help me please, is this a juvenile fisheagle :?
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:54 pm

Looks very much like the Juv FE's I have seen Freda, Yes.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:38 am

Yup Juv. FE.
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Unread postby francoisd » Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:48 pm

Seen on the southern bank of Engelhard dam
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Unread postby Jeanus » Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:07 pm

Got a question for you birders out there. Saw a pair of fish eagles mating on Saturday. There was none of the normal nesting ritual to go with it. Not surprising as we are out of nesting season.

All the literature I have notes that this may happen with pairs that do not successfully breed in the previous season. However this pair did and have a juvenile that I have seen on the shore with them.

My question is, is this possibly not a reaffirmation of the pair bond now that the hard work of caring for young on the nest is over and more attention can be paid to each other and to reestablishing territory boundaries?
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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:09 pm

Jeanus wrote:Got a question for you birders out there. Saw a pair of fish eagles mating on Saturday. There was none of the normal nesting ritual to go with it. Not surprising as we are out of nesting season.


Friends that joined us in Olifants on 20 October also saw a pair of Fish Eagles mating …he actually took photos of the ritual…..so possibly it is not as uncommon for this time of the year ……or they were busy with team building for the world cup final. :wink:
I will ask him to post the photos.

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Unread postby Muhammad » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:25 pm

seen on H4-2,2km south of Lower Sabie.Jan 2008.
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