Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata)
(1/250th sec at f14. Click image for larger version)
© David Hastings
DescriptionL: 55 - 65 cm; WS: 145 - 165 cm
A medium-large, powerful eagle with broad wings and a rather broad square-cut tail.
It is found in southern Europe, Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert, and across the Middle East and South Asia to Indonesia.
It breeds in forests and mountains. Nests are made in caves or inaccessible ledges, sometimes in tall trees.
It usually hunts from cover by a quick dash from inside a tree, but it will also catch prey by quartering hill slopes like other eagles, or make a stoop from a soaring position. Most prey is taken on the ground. Small to medium-sized birds like partridges are its main diet.
It is regarded as of Least Concern by the IUCN, but there are only about 800 pairs in Europe.