2012 photographic safari - Africaraw

Etosha National Park

Immature Bateleur eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus), displaces an adult from an apparently prime perch. Polentswa waterhole, Kgalagadi transfrontier park, South Africa.
Biology Note:- It takes 7 years for a bateleur to dvelop its wonderful adult plumage. The juveniles have longer tails which may help stabilise their flight. The tail shortens with successive moults. The term "ecaudatus is Latin for "without a tail"

Bateleur eagle Terathopius ecaudatusKgalagadi transfrontier parkPolentswa waterholeSouth Africaimmature