Waterhole Wednesday: African Fish Eagle

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).

Waterhole Wednesday

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).

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  1. Juanita says:

    I love Fish Eagles. To hear one of them calling just sounds like “home”! 🙂 Am really enjoying the different animals that visit the waterhole – can’t wait for Wednesdays to see who stopped by.

  2. Heather says:

    Awesome photos. 🙂

  3. What a beautiful bird and you’re right, I can’t believe how much it looks like a bald eagle. I’m so jealous that you have that watering hole in your front yard. We get all excited whenever we see a squirrel in our yard.

  4. Beautiful photos! Looks like an amazing bird, and how neat that he ties you and your husband’s birthplaces together.

  5. amazing! i love the photos and what a unique experience! thank you also for stopping by my blog and reading my posts! bisous xoxo

  6. Frances says:

    Wow! Jody, these are beautiful pictures. How lucky of you to be able to see exotic animals and birds in your backyard! We have to drive 45 mins. to the closest zoo :)) but I guess that will do right?


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