Hali the Fish Eagle

Hali is an African Fish Eagle that calls the Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre home. She’s a majestic creature, and regularly and proudly announces her presence with that beautiful call that is so quintessential of Africa’s wild places. Hali is unfortunately hopelessly imprinted on humans and cannot be released back into the wild. This notwithstanding, she’s as adept as any wild Fish Eagle at snatching her food from the water.

As a registered NGO receiving no government support, the Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre relies heavily on donors, sponsors and the visiting public to fund their very important work. Their tiny staff compliment is responsible for the rehabilitation of between 80 and 200 birds of prey every year, all of them injured by or negatively impacted in another way by humans, and then releasing them back into the wild when they’ve recovered sufficiently. If you can’t visit them in person, please visit their website and, if you are able to, assist them in their efforts by making a donation (monetary or in kind).


33 thoughts on “Hali the Fish Eagle

  1. sustainabilitea

    As you can tell, I’m running behind, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating another beauty. If she likes fish, she’d love to visit me at the Preserve. Could you arrange that? 🙂

    Have a marvel-filled weekend,


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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Baie dankie, Aletta.
      Jy laat Eshowe na n baie lekker plek klink – ons was maar nog net 1 maal daar, toe ons gou by Dlinza-woud aangedoen het, en moet se ons was baie beindruk.


      1. Reflections of an Untidy Mind

        What a wonderful time you and Joubert must have had being out there with the birds. It is wonderful to have such dedicated people caring for the birds. There is something similar in Healesvillle (Australia), which tries to rehabilitate many birds to the wild but often it is impossible.

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      2. de Wets Wild Post author

        Sadly yes Tracy, often the damage done is to such an extent that the birds can’t ever be released again. But still these centres give them the best care possible. Exemplary work they’re doing.

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      1. de Wets Wild Post author

        There’s quite a few dams around these parts of Pretoria, ranging from Rietvlei and Roodeplaat to much smaller impoundments – I suppose the ones we see flying overhead from time to time make good use of them.

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