Birds of Prey Week: Day 6 – Crested Serpent Eagle

Day 6, and one of the birds that eluded me during several of my trips to India, not because they are endangered or rare, but simply because they would simple fly off as we approached. No matter how we approached them in the jeeps, they would just lift their tails and fly. Other folks around me were gorging themselves and getting some cracking photos, just not me.

In those cases you, change tack and focus on something else. Spending an hour with two young male tigers was just the cure and as we made our way back to the main gate to leave the Park, this beauty was sighted. Several jeeps had past him before us and he was still there, on a branch, just off the the side of the road. We screeched to a stopping, believing he would bolt. He didn’t.


"Crested Serpent Eagle - Bandhavgarh, india"


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Accipitriformes

Family: Accipitridae

Genus: Spilornis

Species: S. cheela




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