Martial Eagle takes Bushbuck

by Bob Shepardson
(DeBary, Fl U.S.A.)

Martial Eagle 1

Martial Eagle 1

In August, Sherry and I were driving on the H10 back to Lower Sabie when we had the opportunity to photograph a Martial Eagle with a young bushbuck. Now we often see the eagles acting as scavengers on other kills, but this reminds us that in addition to being a scavenger they are also an efficient predator of smaller animals.

Sorry for the quality, but it was nearly dark and the eagle had moved the bushbuck to under a bush - guess he didn't want to share!

By the way, in Etosha we observed a Martial being chased by a Secretary bird, but that's another story.

Comments for Martial Eagle takes Bushbuck

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Feb 06, 2013
great experience
by: Jenny

Wow Bob and Sherry what a lovely sighting. Yes I have heard that these birds of prey take on large animals, but have never seen it before, until now. Thanks for sharing this great experience and your lovely pics with us.

Jan 21, 2013
by: Martin

I've only ever seen martial eagles with monitor lizards, which I thought then was large prey but now they seem tiny in comparison to this. Great shots!

Jan 20, 2013
Now that's one BIG eagle!
by: Ivan

Great sighting and super images!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share Your interesting Kruger stories with us! .

To make a safari rental booking in South Africa, Botswana or Namibia click here

"It's 768 pages of the most amazing information. It consists of, well, everything really. Photography info...area info...hidden roads..special places....what they have seen almost road by road. Where to stay just outside the information. It takes quite a lot to impress me but I really feel that this book, which was 7 years in the making, is exceptional."            - Janey Coetzee, founder of CAROK (Camps and Roads of Kruger)  South Africa

"Having a passion for the region itself and having to know about all dynamics, water holes and ideal roads for a period of 6 years - I wish I had this guide on my first trip already!" - Morkel Erasmus, Secunda, South Africa

"Mario and Jenny take you to places that are not always visited, and their descriptions of the more remote camps will allow you to make an informed decision without wasting time and money"  -  Bob & Sherry Shepardson, DeBary, Florida, USA

"Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both."         - Don Stilton, Florida, USA

"I highly recommend the book to anyone visiting Etosha National Park to photograph the animals - or anyone considering an African photography safari in the future." - Anne Darling, Cognac, France

"As a photographer and someone who has visited and taken photographs in the Pilanesberg National Park, I can safely say that with the knowledge gained from this eBook, your experiences and photographs will be much more memorable." - Alastair Stewart, BC, Canada

"This work is so much more than an eBook, because it is also a guide, a tutorial, an inspiration and a must-have for anyone interested in wildlife photography"  -, USA

Manyeleti Big Cat Safari

Photo Safaris on a   Private Vehicle - just You, the guide & the animals!