Life and Death under African sky – Nakuru National Park – Kenya
Mid July the raining season was not over yet. The sky suddenly turned dark and the rain was coming toward us. This tawny eagle (Aquila rapax) just cached an egret busy in the river with hippopotamus. He brought its prey on this dead tree and started to pluck the egret. Luckily I was there with a 600mm (unfortunately I could not move as it is forbidden to step out of the car) and I got that picture.
Nakuru National Park lies in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.
The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. It is a resident breeder which lays 1–3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree, crag or on the ground. The Tawny Eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, reptiles and birds up to the size of guineafowl. It will also steal food from other raptors.
The call of the Tawny Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.
In Africa widely distributed S of 17°N although missing from the equatorial lowland forest areas of the W and from the arid SW.
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energypolice (190) 2013-02-17 6:38
Excellent photograph of this tawny eagle, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, outstanding background, excellent lighting.
batalay (39289) 2013-02-17 6:43
The light, composition and exposure have all collaborated to produce one of the best nature shots I've seen at Trekearth. Your note, always important for my interests, is also first rate. Warm regards,
spigola (473) 2013-02-17 8:26
Thanks for sharing this great picture where subjet, composition, light, colours and sharpness combine perfectly!
holmertz (55029) 2013-02-17 12:24
This is a very fine photo. The composition is quite stunning. The tree, the eagle and the poor white egret are all such strong ingredients of the picture, helped by the warm light and the dark sky. Nothing disturbs the view and there is a very fine balance between these three elements. A fascinating picture with perfect exposure and sharpness.
baclama (18836) 2013-02-18 12:04
quelle belle lumiere!!! pour une photo plutot macabre mais temoignage des lois de la nature
ktanska (28168) 2013-02-19 11:48
Quite a dramatic shot. Even those feathers falling off enhance drama. Dark cloudy sky adds good contrast to sunlit action.
PeakXV (245) 2013-09-08 19:24
The fleeting floating feather so symbolic of this event. The back light sets the contrasting table and the magic light seals the composition's incredible detail. Perfect!