Bataleur and Tawny… err Steppe Eagle


If you see an eagle like this in Northern Tanzania and call it a Tawny Eagle you’ll be right most of the time. They do have a cousin from the north called a Steppe Eagle which has an amazing gape. The mouth extends nearly level with the back of the eye. So now that I take a closer look at this image I think it is a Steppe… but I’m open to advice on the matter.


They certainly are impressive. This one was keeping company with a juvenile bird of another species…


a young Bataleur, a strangely shaped yet supremely talented thermal rider.


They have hardly a tail to speak of but don’t seem hampered in the least. Great birds.

One response

  1. JJ , Sat. II

    We watch 17 species of raptor at Hawk Hill. Do you have any idea how many different raptors in the Serengeti?

    March 4, 2012 at 6:47 am

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