Juvenile Bateleur


Also known as the African Snake Eagle, the name ‘Bateleur’ comes from the French word for tight-rope walker, a reference to the side to side rocking of its wing tips that occurs during gliding. The adult bateleur is one of the most colorful birds of prey though the juvenile differs significantly from the adult having a brown plumage. It takes almost 8 years for the juvenile to develop the bright colors of the adult. The bird spends almost 80 percent of the day in flight covering upto 500 kilometers as it searches for food. Photographed this juvenile sitting atop a dead tree in the Serengeti National Park. June 27th, 2015. Nikon D750, 600mm, 1/1600s. f/10


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