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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:50 am

Superb moment captured and great photography :clap: :clap:

Did he hunt early morning?

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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Tessa G » Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:20 pm

Fantastic Jesscan1 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Jesscan1 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:30 pm

Hi Jan

The Fish Eagle was fishing at 06h10 when we photographed it.

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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Jesscan1 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:19 pm

I decided to show you the sequence of the Fish Eagle catching the fish as it makes interesting viewing.

The catch of the Catfish was not so easy for the Fish Eagle as he floundered quite a bit in the water trying to get out and fly off.
I think that the Catfish may have given him a bit of a fight as we watching him trying to regain his balance in the water without letting go of the fish.

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It eventually regained it's balance in the water ...

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... and flew off to the bank with what looked like a Catfish.
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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Jesscan1 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:32 pm

Fish Eagle Part 2

Off the Fish Eagle flew ...

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... and landed on the bank of the Dam. It was about to enjoy his catch when ...

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... suddenly a juvenile Fish Eagle came swooping down and challenged it for it's fish ...

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A bit of a challenge ensued ...

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... The juvenile won the battle and off he flew with the fish. By this time the poor adult Fish Eagle was rather tired after being challenged by the fish itself in the water and then lost his catch to a precocious juvenile.

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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:59 pm

Take a bow......superb series of the Fish Eagle in action plus interaction with the young one.......as they always said be ready and you nailed him!!

Well done on a stunning series of images!! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby hilda » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:55 am

Wow Jesscan1! What an amazing sighting and a stunning series of pictures of the Fish Eagle struggling to get out of the water with such a big fish! Absolutely fantastic! :clap: :clap:

Poor adult to have lost the catch to a juvenile! :(
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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Tessa G » Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:48 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Absolutely stunning!!!!
What an amzing and interesting sequence of photos Jesscan, and then after all that effort, some cheeky young upstart comes and steals your hard earned meal. Life is tough in the bush.

Very interesting to note how vast the Fish Eagle wing span is.

Thank you for sharing the full sequence of events with us. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:07 pm

a Young Blacksmith Lapwing....

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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Tessa G » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:56 pm

Great photo Jan, thanks so much for sharing.

I have seen tiny baby Blacksmith Lapwing's, but never just before they get their adult plumage.

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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:53 am

Jesscan, Jan :D :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby hilda » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:59 am

A first for me too Jan! Thanks for sharing! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Tessa G » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:59 am

We had this amazing sighting in the dead tree that has the buffalo weavers nest's in at Sunset Dam.

A Gabar Goshawk (I think :hmz: ) was ripping the other weaver nests open so as to get to the chicks.
I have a whole series of shots which I will share on my TR when the time comes, but just wanted to share this one with you all.
It was a new experience for us and have never seen it before.


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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby hilda » Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:48 am

Indeed an amazing sighting Tessa G! Very sad, but not something you will see often! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sunset Dam

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:53 am

Jesscan1 , just how special that was to be able to photograph the Fish Eagle in fishing action mode - stunning sequence of :cam: :clap: :clap:
Thank you for sharing this with us :thumbs_up:

Jan, lovely little Lapwing youngster :D :thumbs_up:

Tessa G, how special that must have been to sight the Goshawk on a kill. :clap:
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