African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
This is a large species of eagle that is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of open water occur that have an abundant food supply. It is the national bird of Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Sudan.
This species is still quite common near freshwater lakes, reservoirs, and rivers, although they can sometimes be found near the coast at the mouths of rivers or lagoons. As their name implies, African fish eagles are indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa, ranging over most of continental Africa south of the Sahara.
This beautiful specimen was regularly over-flying our boat on Chobe River carrying building material from an island to his chosen nesting place in a large tree overhanging the river.
This image was captured on the Chobe River, near Kasane, northern Botswana, Southern Africa.