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African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 21 April 2012
EOS 7D & 400mmf4DO & x1.4TC. 1/4000 sec f5.6 ISO 800

There are many boat trips on offer from St Lucia taking tourists on 2hr trips up the estuary to see crocodiles, hippos etc. By great good fortune, the place I was staying had booked me onto one in a very small boat with only 3 other passengers (most of the other tours involved monstrous great boats stuffed full of people). The small boat was very good for photography, and these Fish Eagles were clearly accustomed to the boats. We sailed right up to one, but it was the flight shots that were more challenging. This photo is hardly cropped and I was amazed the whole bird was in the frame, with no missing bits! It is also quite sharp, given that the x1.4 TC was on the lens at the time.

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