Sighting of Short-toed snake Eagle from Kharagpur

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The most clear shot is this.

That was a sunny Friday , 14 th of April,2017. Like almost everyday we were out for birding . But this time we choose to explore some new undisturbed areas of Kharagpur. So we went to the adjacent areas of Keshiary, Kharagpur. Actually we were in search of “Fan-throated Lizard”. While looking for the lizard suddenly we noticed that a big raptor is patrolling the area & flying around us . I saw by my  camera view finder that a “Royal” looking bird is watching us with it’s “hypnotizing” eyes. In a hurry I took about 10 shots of that bird. Then the bird flew away far from us with tremendous speed. Then when I checked my camera I realized that it was an Exceptional lifer for me & a brilliant find for the area also. It was the “Short-toed snake Eagle”. The short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus), also known as short-toed eagle, is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. This is an Old World species found throughout the Mediterranean basin, into Russia and the Middle East, and parts of Asia, mainly in the Indian Subcontinent and also further east in some Indonesian islands. Adults are 62–67 cm (2 ft 0 in–2 ft 2 in) long with a 170–185 cm (5 ft 7 in–6 ft 1 in) wingspan and weigh 1.2–2.3 kg (2.6–5.1 lb). The short-toed snake eagle is an accomplished flyer and spends more time on the wing than do most members of its genus. It favours soaring over hill slopes and hilltops on updraughts. Its prey is mostly reptiles, mainly snakes, but also some lizards. Sometimes they become entangled with larger snakes and battle on the ground. Occasionally, they prey on small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, and rarely birds and large insects. At that moment it was really a visual pleasure for me to watch “the way it was looking at us”.

The most clear shot is this.


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