Skip to Content

Eagle, African Fish

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
User avatar
Leeukos
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 831
Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:07 am
Location: Under African Sky !!!

Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread post by Leeukos » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:06 am

Those are very nice pictures. :clap: :clap:

I was at Sunsetdam at Lower Sabie on 2011-03-04 and saw a number of African Fish Eagles catching fish from the dam. I got the following sequence of photos which shows the eagle catching a fish from the dam.

Image

Image

Image

Image
"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

sandeep
Posts: 108
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:02 pm
Location: India

Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread post by sandeep » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:23 am

Thanks Katja and Leeukos. Yes, yet another of the magical moments which stays with you :).

Great pics Leeukos. I have always seen them at the Sunset Dam but never got a chance to actually see them fish. Leeukos a question - when you watched the fish eagles coming down on the water, did they grab the fish during flight or did you also get the same impression that I did that the eagle actually settled on the surface of the water for a few moments and then flew off with its catch??

User avatar
Leeukos
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 831
Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:07 am
Location: Under African Sky !!!

Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread post by Leeukos » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:49 am

Hi Sandeep. The Fish Eagles I saw at Sunsetdam grabbed the fish during flight. After you mentioned that it looked like the eagle first settled on the water I remembered reading something interesting. It seems it all depends on the size of the fish.

The fish eagle prefers fish which weighs less than 1 kg. They say it can easily carry fish off up to 2 kg and then fly off. Fish that weigh more than 2 kg are dragged across the water or the eagle will fall back into the water and uses its wings to row back to the side of the dam.

I have never seen a Fish Eagle to first settle on the water and then take off, but I think it might be due to the size of the fish, getting a good grip, and then taking off.

Maybe some other members of the forum can give more information on this.
"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

sandeep
Posts: 108
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:02 pm
Location: India

Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread post by sandeep » Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:17 am

Thanks Leeukos. I am no expert on fish, but would say that the fish that I saw with the eagle looked a fair size, so this may well be the case.
Yes would be interesting to see if any of the other forumites can comment

Cheers

User avatar
Mike1916
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1267
Joined: Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:43 pm
Location: Sungulwane Hills Game Lodge, Hluhluwe

Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread post by Mike1916 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:20 pm

Seen between Satara and Olifants, many eagles present they seemed to be catching insects me thinks.

Was also Tawny and Steppe Eagles and many yet to be identified small raptors.

Image
African Fish Eagle by Michael hattingh, on Flickr
Sustainability is not something we do in addition to..........., it is about the manner in which we do everything

User avatar
anne-marie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 6526
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:21 am

I have got also a special one :shock:
... rob a piece of fish to a Crocodile
As per Franck the Fish Eagle could be hungry

Image

Image
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince

back home...

User avatar
louis dreyer
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 704
Joined: Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:52 pm
Location: Randfontein S.A

Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by louis dreyer » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:30 pm

Please help me to identify the following, was in the southern part of kruger.
I know the images is not very good, sorry about that.

2q.)
Image
Keep them YR's flying

Planning next trip

NO HOTELS PLEASE !!!!!!!

User avatar
adrianp
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 165
Joined: Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:18 am

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by adrianp » Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:59 pm

The second looks like a juvenile fish eagle.

MattAxel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 297
Joined: Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:37 pm
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by MattAxel » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:47 pm

I agree with all of adrianp's IDs

User avatar
louis dreyer
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 704
Joined: Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:52 pm
Location: Randfontein S.A

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by louis dreyer » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:46 am

Thanks guy's
Keep them YR's flying

Planning next trip

NO HOTELS PLEASE !!!!!!!

okie
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1333
Joined: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:29 am
Location: Worcester , Cape

Re: Eagle, African Fish

Unread post by okie » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:16 pm

Fish eagle seen near Shawu wh , giving us the evil eye :whistle: .



Image
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

User avatar
roaneric
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
FAC Member (2016)
Posts: 2072
Joined: Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:58 am

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by roaneric » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:17 pm

Hello everyone

Can you please help me with the identification of this raptor. I really have NO idea.

Thanks
Marijke

Image
All on my lonesome ownsome in Kruger

"I am not African because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me"

User avatar
Imberbe
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 13619
Joined: Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:28 am
Location: Pretoria, RSA

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:21 pm

Off the bat id: Immature Fish Eagle.
Imberbe = Combretum imberbe = Leadwood = Hardekool = The spirit of the Wildernis!

Want to know more about the SANParks Honorary Rangers? Visit www.sanparksvolunteers.org


One positive deed is worth more than a thousand critical words.

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3837
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by arks » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:28 pm

I don't think it's an eagle because it doesn't appear to have fully feathered legs. Perhaps some sort of buzzard ...... ? :hmz:
RSA 2017
9-11 November Cape Town
11-29 November RMS St Helena: St Helena & Ascension
29-30 November Cape Town
1 December-21 January Darling

User avatar
pantera leo
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 979
Joined: Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:53 pm
Location: Port Elizabeth

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by pantera leo » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:02 pm

Agree with Imberbe Imm African Fish-Eagle. :thumbs_up:


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by gerhardhuman at 19:51:39
orpen
Submitted by Mischief at 22:03:03
satara
Submitted by Tamsyn12 at 21:13:09
nossob
Submitted by Mischief at 21:38:44