Satara Summer 2021 – Raptors Rule The Skies

Protected places like the Kruger National Park is becoming the last strongholds for many birds-of-prey, the undeniable masters of the skies. Any visit to the Kruger is sure to provide regular encounters with a wide variety of meat-eating birds, and in summer even more so as many species migrate here to escape from the winter in the northern hemisphere.

Not all birds-of-prey boast the size and muscle of the big Eagles. Some, like the Falcons, Kestrels, Kites and Harriers make up for what they lack in brawn by being exceedingly fast, nimble and stealthy.

Of course no one’s going to deny the absolute majesty of the Eagles. No wonder they’ve been featured in religion, folklore and heraldry for centuries.

If the Eagles rule the sky during the day then it belongs to the Owls at night. Of course this makes them much harder to see, and photograph, but we were lucky on a few occasions.

Vultures fulfill a vital role in the ecosystem, efficiently cleaning away any leftovers remaining after the large predators have had their fill of a carcass, and in a place like Kruger National Park with healthy populations of all Africa’s large carnivores there’s certainly lots of work for the Vultures. Sadly these birds are all highly endangered outside our country’s large protected areas.

 

22 thoughts on “Satara Summer 2021 – Raptors Rule The Skies

  1. Dawn

    Lovely article and beautiful photo’s. I’m lucky to live in an area where I see many of these birds. I never take them for granted. Something very special about an owl hooting in one’s garden and fish eagles cry far above. Thank you.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you, Dawn!
      I must admit that I am amazed – and somewhat jealous – at the variety of animals and birds that still occur in the urban sprawl of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. There must be lessons the rest of the country could learn from you about living with nature more harmoniously.

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  2. sustainabilitea

    I always love seeing the birds of prey and you both got some really good shots, several of which included the prey. There are some unusual (to me at least) ones in there too, such as Wahlberg’s, long-crested, and martial. I almost missed the owls but I’m glad I didn’t. 🙂

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  3. H.J. for avian101

    actors are always the winners of the most interesting and gorgeous birds. It’s very exciting to see these birds. Thank you, D. Great photos! 🙂

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