Verreaux's Eagle-Owl with Black-Winged Kite

During my February Tanzania tour, I was pleasantly surprised by the large number of Verreaux’s eagle-owls we saw. I’ve seen this species a number of times in South Africa, so the most noticeable difference was how shy the owls in Ndutu were. Most of them would fly off when a vehicle got within 50 meters.

This was an exception, for reasons that became apparent as we got closer. A Black-winged kite had obviously picked the wrong tree to use as a perch. With dinner (breakfast?) in hand, the owl wasn’t going anywhere for a while.

Canon 1DX
Canon 100-400mm
ISO 800


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Stunning image! These eagle-owls must be huge, as kites are not small and the kite here is dwarfed by the owl.
A great look at the unique pink eyelids as well.


Thanks, Sandy. Incidentally, this was a relatively small tree, and there was also a rock python in it and a leopard with a vulture kill beneath it. I guess when trees are scattered in the savanna things can get a bit crowded in the shady spots from time to time. :wink: