The Verreaux Eagles defend their turf
The last Advanced Birding course was filled with exciting wildlife encounters and learning opportunities on the beautiful Mashatu Game Reserve. See what the students experienced in this photo blog.
The birding highlights were equally enthralling as we managed to spot the Namaqua Sandgrouse, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Horus Swift, Southern Pied Babbler, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Barred Wren Warbler and many others.
My personal best sighting was a pair of Verreaux’s Eagles spotted on the aptly named Verreaux’s Ridge. The female caught a Rock Hyrax right in front of us with the utmost ease and then proceeded to take it down to her nest after their share of the feed.
While she was doing this, a Spotted Hyaena in search of food appeared on the top of the cliff nearby the nest. The male eagle then swooped down and almost bulldozed the Hyaena off the cliff. The startled hyaena then ran off to nurse its wounded ego.