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Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilonis cheela) at the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary Bharatpur.

A Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) was gliding by like a boss in search of its probable victims. The personality of the Eagle in the air was majestic to witness from close. The typical under wing bands and spots were beautifully caught for a closer analysis. Pics was taken from Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India.

Spilornis cheela - Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The Hunter: Call of the Wild

 

Hud cropped.

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f6MFNnUiR8

A Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) was handling its serpent prey under a challenging light condition for photo-shoot. The tiny serpent was fighting back to its best by biting at the Eagle's eyes but only in vain. The public noises made the Eagle feel uncomfortable hence it moved back under shades and in the process we missed the front on actions under good lights. Pics was taken from Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India.

Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) - Wilpattu, Sri Lanka

Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela). (සිළු සර්පකුස්සා) Sub species S.c. spiogaster is an endemic resident of Sri Lanka. An adult. Belongs to Accipitridae family. Clicked at Wilpattu National Park. Sri Lanka

The crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela) is a medium-sized bird of prey that is found in forested habitats across tropical Asia.

 

They often feed on snakes.

 

Source: Wiki

By far the most common raptor - we saw one on virtually every game drive.

:copyright: Harshith JV

 

Common name: Crested serpent eagle

Scientific name: Spilornis cheela

Place: Kabini, Karnataka

Date: June 06, 2017

 

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MY VISIT TO KOLKATA ZOO - 1

 

Location: Alipore Zoo, Kolkata. [This series is dedicated to my elder brother HGM]

  

This is the image of a series called "MY VISIT TO KOLKATA ZOO". This zoo is very unfriendly for the Photographers. Most of the animals and birds are kept in thick netting [sometimes multiple] with iron bars and Railings to keep the on lookers away from the cage. So the scope of Photography is very limited here. One has to use a telephoto lens above 400 mm to zoom out those bars and nettings to obtain an uninterrupted image of the display. This can be done only when the subject remains in a particular distance from the cage nettings.

 

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The Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) is a bird of prey. Like all eagles, it is in the family Accipitridae.

 

The Crested Serpent Eagle can be found in a large geographical region from South Asia, including Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, to Southeast Asia, extending to southern China and Indonesia. This forest bird nests in treetops near fresh water. Its nests are constructed with sticks and contain not more than a single egg at a time.

 

The Crested Serpent Eagle is a medium large raptor at about 55-75cm in length. Adults have dark brown upperparts and head, and have a hooded appearance at rest. The underparts and underwing coverts are pale brown. In soaring flight, the broad wings are held in a shallow V. The tail and underside of the flight feathers are black with broad white bars. When perched, they appear large headed and owl-like due to the shape of the face and positioning of the eyes.

 

The call is a distinctive Kluee-wip-wip with the first note being high and rising. They call a lot in the late mornings from perches or as they rise on the thermals in the mornings.

 

Sexes are visually similar, but young birds have a whitish head, underparts and underwing, the latter showing darker barring.

 

The Crested Serpent Eagle, as its English and scientific names suggest, is a specialist reptile eater which hunts over woodland for snakes and lizards.

    

:copyright: Harshith JV

 

Common name: Crested serpent eagle

Scientific name: Spilornis cheela

Place: Kabini, Karnataka

Date: June 06, 2017

 

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The crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela) is a medium-sized bird of prey that is found in forested habitats across tropical Asia. Within its widespread range across the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and East Asia, there are considerable variations and some authorities prefer to treat several of its subspecies as completely separate species.[2] In the past, several species including the Philippine serpent eagle (S. holospila), Andaman serpent eagle (S. elgini) and South Nicobar serpent eagle (S. klossi) were treated as subspecies of the Crested serpent eagle. All members within the species complex have a large looking head with long feathers on the back of the head giving them a maned and crested appearance. The face is bare and yellow joining up with the ceres while the powerful feet are unfeathered and heavily scaled. They fly over the forest canopy on broad wings and tail have wide white and black bars. They call often with a loud, piercing and familiar three or two-note call. They often feed on snakes, giving them their name and are placed along with the Circaetus snake-eagles in the subfamily Circaetinae.

Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) - Wilpattu, Sri Lanka

K Gudi Wilderness camp, JLR, BR Hills,

Spilornis cheela

 

A Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) during a close glide eyeing sharp at new destination following my close approach to it. Pics was taken from Dehradoon, India.

The Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) is a medium-sized bird of prey that is found in forested habitats across tropical Asia.The Crested Serpent Eagle, as its English name suggests, is a specialist reptile eater which hunts over forests, often close to wet grassland, for snakes and lizards.

大冠鷲 Crested Serpent Eagle【Spilornis cheela】隼形目 / 鷹科;別名:蛇鷹,以蛇類與其他爬蟲為主食,也會補食鼠、蛙、昆蟲、小型鳥類。常於中午時間靠著熱氣流旺盛時盤旋於空中,聲音高昂,遠處可聽聞「忽、忽、忽溜、忽溜─」為固定地域性鳥類,因森林過度開發,而產生了獵補壓力,身為食物鏈頂端的牠們,也是深受其害,願人們也能重視其生態保育議題,生態永恆環環相扣,其中一環節出了問題,會衍生相當多不可收拾的問題。拍攝中的大冠是多麼地依賴這樣的環境,希望大家能為牠們保留僅存的棲息地吧!不要趕盡殺絕呀!

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