African Fish Eagle, St Lucia Wetlands

The African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) is quite a common species and was photographed here in the St Lucia Wetlands, South Africa.   I was on a boat on the wetlands when we observed this bird swoop down and catch a large fish,  I believe a mullet,  and carry it to the branch.     Unfortunately, I didn’t get the shot of the eagle snatching its prey.   Shortly after this picture,  something spooked the eagle (possibly our boat, sadly)  and the eagle flew off dropping its catch as it went.

African fish eagle with prey, St Lucia Wetlands, South Africa.  Canon 20D with 500mm lens at f8.0, shutter speed 1/800 second at ISO 400.   Image cropped.