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..