Eagles and Vulture

Crested Serpent Eagle-1
Crested Serpent Eagle-1

Photographed at Anavilundawa Sanctuary.

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Crested Serpent Eagle-2
Crested Serpent Eagle-2

Photographed at Anavilundawa Sanctuary.

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Crested Serpent Eagle-10
Crested Serpent Eagle-10

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Crested Serpent Eagle-1
Crested Serpent Eagle-1

Photographed at Anavilundawa Sanctuary.

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Crested Serpent Eagle
(සිලු සරපකුස්සා)
Spilornis cheela

This majestic predator was spotted at 'Anawilundawa' on a day when I was initially disappointed as there were hardly any birds around to see. This one made my day when he gave me the opportunity to take as many photos as I want. What a sight it was to see an apex predator so up close. 

Images 5 and 6 were taken on the road from Mannar to Jaffna. Image 7 and 8 on the outskirts of Sigiriya forest reserve. the backdrop of 'Pidurangala' provided a different background to the images. Image 9 and 10 Bundala National Park.

 
Black Eagle-1
Black Eagle-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kithulgala.

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Black Eagle-1
Black Eagle-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kithulgala.

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Black Eagle
(කලුකුස්සා)
Ictinaetus malaiensis

My first sighting of this beauty was on the outskirts of Kithulgala. Unfortunately by the time I got my camera out, it has flown far away. Hence the low-quality photograph.

 
Mountain Hawk-eagle-1
Mountain Hawk-eagle-1

Photographed on the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

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Mountain Hawk-eagle-1

Photographed on the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

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Mountain Hawk-eagle
(හෙල කොන්ඩකුස්සා)
Nisaetus kelaarti

Photographed from far, this solitary photo is all I have of this magnificent bird. Based on the build, crest, iris colour, bands on the tail, I believe this is a Mountain Hawk-eagle.

Doubtful identification
 
Changeable Hawk-eagle-5
Changeable Hawk-eagle-5

Photographed inside the Kaudulla National Park.

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Changeable Hawk-eagle-1
Changeable Hawk-eagle-1

Photographed inside the Kaudulla National Park.

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Changeable Hawk-eagle-11
Changeable Hawk-eagle-11

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Changeable Hawk-eagle-5
Changeable Hawk-eagle-5

Photographed inside the Kaudulla National Park.

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Changeable Hawk-eagle / Crested Hawk-Eagle (පෙරලි කොන්ඩකුස්සා)
Nisaetus cirrhatus

Seen at Kaudulla National Park this juvenile Changeable Hawk-eagle put up a superb show. I managed to capture photographs on 2 separate days and I believe its the same bird. For some reason, it seems very familiar with vehicles and stayed close even when many jeeps passed by it.

Images 10 and 11 are of another juvenile from Bundala National Park.

What a beauty especially with the crest.

 
White-bellied Fish Eagle-3
White-bellied Fish Eagle-3

Photographed at Inginiyagala tank.

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White-bellied Fish Eagle-1
White-bellied Fish Eagle-1

Photographed at Anavilundawa Sanctuary.

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White-bellied Fish Eagle-5
White-bellied Fish Eagle-5

Photographed at Inginiyagala tank.

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White-bellied Fish Eagle-3
White-bellied Fish Eagle-3

Photographed at Inginiyagala tank.

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White-bellied Fish Eagle
(කුස-ඇලි සයුරුකුස්සා)
Haliaeetus leucogaster

First spotted at 'Anawilundawa', I was unable to take a picture while this majestic predator was sitting down high up in the canopy. There were two of them who were having a bit of a fight with crows. What an apex predator.

Image 2 is from Mannar. Images 3 to 4 are from the Inginiyagala water tank.

 
Grey-headed Fish Eagle-9
Grey-headed Fish Eagle-9

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Grey-headed Fish Eagle-1
Grey-headed Fish Eagle-1

Photographed Nawandankulama tank.

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Grey-headed Fish Eagle-8
Grey-headed Fish Eagle-8

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Grey-headed Fish Eagle-9
Grey-headed Fish Eagle-9

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Grey-headed Fish Eagle
(රජ අලු-හිස් මසුකුස්සා)
Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus

The first juvenile fish eagle (Image 1 to 4) was seen at 'Nawandankulama' tank on a gloomy day. As the lake's water has dried out, there were hardly any birds but this majestic predator made my trip to the location worthwhile.

 

I had a more close encounter with another juvenile inside Bundala National Park. This one was practising fishing although he was never any closer to actually catching one. Was totally ok with us being very close. What an encounter.

Images 8 and 9 are of an adult again from inside Bundala National Park.

 
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Still to capture photo

Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Booted Eagle
(කෙසරුපා රාජාලියා)
Hieraaetus pennatus

Yet to capture image

 
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Still to capture photo

Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Bonelli's Eagle
(බොනෙල්ලි රාජාලියා)
Aquila fasciata

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
 
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Still to capture photo

Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Still to capture photo

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Egyptian Vulture
(ඊජිප්තු ගිජුලිහිනියා)
Neophron percnopterus

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
 
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Still to capture photo

Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Still to capture photo
Still to capture photo

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Greater Spotted Eagle
Clanga clanga

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species