One has to be at the right place at the right moment with camera in hand to record an episode like this – an African  Fish Eagle denying a Saddle-Billed Stork (or his hungry offspring!) his supper. This video clip was shared on YouTube by Kruger Sightings.

The Saddle-Billed Stork is a tall bird weighing 5-7 kgs and is found at fresh water dams, lakes and rivers on the north-eastern side of Southern Africa. An uncommon resident, the stork feeds mainly on fish, but also on frogs, small mammals, reptiles, birds and invertabrates.

The African Fish Eagle on the other hand weighs between 2-3.8 kgs and is a common resident throughout most of the northern, eastern, central and southern parts of Southern Africa at rivers, lakes, estuaries and lagoons. Its diet includes fish, birds, small crocodiles, carrion, reptiles and termites. In the Complete Photographic Field Guide to Birds of Southern Africa by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan, from which I have sourced this information, it is stated that it is not uncommon for the fish eagle to steal food from other raptors. This stork could not have been less rapturous having had its meal stolen!

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A fish eagle pair on the Klein River, Stanford. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

A fish eagle pair on the Klein River, Stanford. Photo: Viv of Scenic South