This week we had a visit from an African Fish Eagle. These majestic birds hold a special place in my heart. They are the national bird of Zambia (my husband’s country of birth) and they closely resemble the Bald Eagle which is the national bird of the United States (my country of birth).
We haven’t seen many from our home so it was a real treat to have this one come for a drink and stay for awhile. While he was happy to have the water we provided, he wasn’t thrilled with our company. Every time we went on the deck to get a closer look he flew off and sat in a nearby tree but would then come back when all was quiet. Luckily he stuck around long enough to have a good drink while the girls were napping.
If a Fish Eagle catches a fish that is too large for him to lift, he will use his wings to paddle to the shore while he pulls his prey across the water (from Roberts’ Birds of Southern Africa by G.L. Maclean).