Martial Eagle with chick

The Martial Eagle is the largest eagle in Africa. It swoops down on its prey from high up in the sky, often killing its target in one blow with its massive talons and muscle mass. It reproduces every two years, raising only one chick at a time. So this sighting in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was a rare and special one.


The adult Martial Eagle ©WMB/


Martial Eagle chick ©WMB/




Note the size of the Martial Eagle nest in relation to the weaver bird nest below which would house many little weaver birds. ©WMB/


A closer view of the Martial Eagle nest ©WMB/

For more info and stories about the Kalahari see Kalahari Series I – 2009 and Kalahari  Series II – 2011.

About lisa@notesfromafrica

I live on the Southern coast of South Africa, and write about the things that interest, amuse or inspire me. You can find me at and (my photoblog)
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6 Responses to Martial Eagle with chick

  1. de Wets Wild says:

    Very special sighting indeed! I’m envious!

  2. Eha says:

    Thank you for the privilege of being there . . . shall look up more . . .

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