Martial Eagle Juvenile

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This was the first time that I have spotted a Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus), in this case a juvenile, in the Mana Pools National Park. This bird of prey may be found in most of southern Africa. It is mainly a savannah species, although some suggest is more common in mountainous areas, but in fact may be found in all habitats, including desert and forest areas. This image, in a typical pose atop a dead tree, shows from where, generally, this bird swoops down on its prey; mostly small mammals and game birds.
(Canon 7D; f/11; 1/750sec; ISO-320; 400mm)

Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
The most successful time to dabble in wildlife image capture is during the earliest and last hours of the day, commonly known as the golden hours. The earliest and very latest minutes of this range of light present challenges which can be met with that little adjustment of ISO for higher ‘gain’. There is conflict, for example, between your slowest exposure levels and capturing a moving animal, say at a predator kill, where it is sacrilege to use your flash!

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2 thoughts on “Martial Eagle Juvenile

  1. Hello Andrew.

    A great picture of a juvinile Martial, my great memories of the Martial was on the Whytes Farm on the North Western boundary of the Matopos. On their Farm one could see most on the great rapteurs of the country, Black, Fish,Bataleur, Martial,Snake eagles etc. Happy memories of the 50’s onwards.

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