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I don’t have a TrekNature account (and I don’t do enough nature photography to justify starting one) so I hope you don’t mind me posting this photograph of an African fish eagle in flight over the Chobe River in my TrekEarth gallery – after all, a large proportion of Botswana is made up of game parks, and this is the sort of ‘landscape’ that you see along the many of the rivers.

As its name suggests, the African fish eagle feeds on fish, and according to an entry about the bird in Wikipedia “upon spying from a perch in a tree, it will swoop down and snatch from the water with its large clawed talons and fly back to its perch to eat. Should the African fish eagle catch a fish over 4 pounds it will be too heavy to allow it to get lift, so it will instead drag the fish across the surface of the water until it reaches the shore. Should the African fish eagle catch an especially heavy fish that is too heavy to even allow the eagle to sustain flight it will drop into the water and paddle to the nearest shore with its wings”. A clever bird!

PP: Removed noise and sharpened with NeatImage, then some minor adjustments in Photoshop to levels, shadows/highlights, saturation and contrast, then sharpened more with USM @ 150%.

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