As we drove along the mining haul road, Grant spotted a large bird sitting on the gravelly bank. He pulled up quite far from the bird so as not to disturb it, I opened the door and stood on the running board.
When I zoomed in on the huge black bird, I saw it was a Bateleur and it was eating something. I took many photos, the bird finished its meal and flew off.
A Bateleur (male) enjoying his meal off the ground
Grant stopped at the spot where the feast had taken place, I got out and walked over. Grant followed me and we saw that the Bateleur had been eating a largish bird with blueish-green feathers and quite big red feet. (Yes, all that remained were the feathers and a pair of feet!)
A pile of feathers and two red feet were all that remained of the Bateleur's meal
When we sent the photos to Jez, he replied with the explanation that the Bateleur had [probably] eaten a young African Purple Swamphen (Gallinule).
A little further along we noticed a big brown bird in a dead tree. It was flapping its wings and jumping around in the tree. I took several photos of this.
A large brown bird flapping in a tree
When we sent the photos of this bird to Jez, he came back with the explanation that this was a juvenile African Harrier Hawk which was trying to rob a nest.When I looked closer at two of my photos, I saw that this was exactly what
had happened was taking place !
African Harrier Hawk (juvenile) with its claws in a nest-hole in the tree
The same bird with its beak in the nest hole!
African Harrier Hawk (juvenile)
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