14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Crested Serpent Eagle Lifting its crest
Crested Serpent-Eagle is rather a medium-sized raptor, often seen soaring above forests. Lifting their crest is a very very rare act. Crested Serpent-Eagle hunts from a high perch at clearings’ edges. It watches for prey, motionless during long moments at tree top, with flat crest. When a prey is located, it drops almost vertically, and it catches arboreal snakes, reptiles, small birds and mammals. It takes its preys on the ground, and also takes dead snakes when it finds one.
© Devarajan Karunanithi.
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||May 11, 2016, 4:31 a.m.
||Canon EOS 1100D