This Brown Snake-Eagle is a fearless bird capable of killing and carrying off a two metre long snake. It usually hunts from a prominent perch in the woodlands, scanning the lands below
When it sees a snake, it swoops down, seizes the reptile behind the head and crushes the spine with its talons (toes & nails) and beak.
If it loses the advantage of a surprise attack and the snake turns on it, the Brown Snake-Eagle will flap its wings to try and induce the snake to ‘spend the last bullet in the chamber’ before going in for the kill.
… in flight it appears brownish with white under the wings and a barred tail.
The ‘Steppe Eagle’ a migratory,
bird from southern Asia arriving Siaya late October- November.
Unlike the Brown snake eagle that has a greyish bill and feet, the steppe eagle has yellow feet with feathers running all the way down the legs and a yellow beak with a black tip.
*All images here taken in Siaya County.
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