Archive for 'Accipitridae'

Changeable hawk-eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus)

A juvenile looking for opportunities as daylight is fading. When excited they will raise their crest, hence the other commonly used name – crested eagles. This individual was at ease and it crest-feathers were resting and only visible in profile. Changeable is in fact a good name, as this species has two forms – one […]

Crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela)

Without a long lens I would not have had any idea that this bird had blood around the corner of the mouth, and thus recently having had a kill and meal. Being content I guess it simply sat here to watch over its territory, perhaps feeling an achievement of having conquered it and its bounties. […]

Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

Although this species seems common on Socotra, it is in fact threatened throughout its range due to human chemicals like pesticide, antibiotics and heavy metals like lead. I don’t know the status and health of the Socotri population, but they do bread, and I found several young birds. Perhaps the worst case of human impact […]

Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga)

This near adult was in now way giving way to our car! It was simply watching and taking a couple of steps to the side as it was letting a cow pass. A very relaxed individual, and I did not see any prey nearby, so I wondered how it could be this relaxed to a […]

Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea)

Getting to the Refugio Los Volcanes is a steep descent in dense forest-clad slopes. You hear birds constantly, but seeing them is difficult unless they are perched like this kite. Altitude: 1228 metres. It sounds like this: