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African fish eagle - Kruger NP, Africa

Early one morning, as I headed out of Lower Sabie along one of the dirt roads, I could see the sky lighting up in preparation for the sunrise.

A little later, I saw this fish eagle, sitting on a dried tree, waiting for the air to warm up. The problem was that there quite a few bushes in the way, making the ideal composition hard to get. After some time positioning, this composition provided the cleanest view, without any clutter from other branches.

Using a pair of beanbags, I was able to take this shot at a shutter speed of 1/4 second, at an effective focal length of 640mm. This is a good reason why I never felt any need to use a tripod or monopod on the trip.

Ideally, I would have preferred to have the bird looking into the frame, but c'est la vie. I still like the shot, as it evokes memories of that chilly winter morning for me. The fish eagle, aka Voice of Africa, is the perfect bird for that perch as well..

Shot Details
Canon 20D, 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
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