Batel and snake 2

Whilst driving through the Kruger National Park we came across this Bateleur (Afrikaans name Berghaan) making a meal of a snake that had been run over.

Batel and snake 3

The Bateleur is a large bird with the most exquisite plumage and facial markings, the adult can not be mistaken for any other bird.

Batel and snake 4

It takes 6 – 7 years for a Bateleur to attain the adult plumage, juveniles remaining plain brown.

Batel and snake 5

Bateleurs are monogamous and build a platform of sticks usually in the fork of a tree.

Batel and snake 6

These eagles are quite common throughout the park but have become vulnerable due to poisoning by farmers.

Batel and snake 7

Bateleurs prey on small mammals, birds, reptiles and also scavenge by eating roadkill and drowned creatures. Juveniles are known to eat carrion and can be seen joining vultures at a kill.


  1. Elize
    27 November 2016

    A magnificent bird of prey. He looks so strong and healthy hence the beautiful plumage. A definite favorite after the Bateleur comes the Cranes.

    • admin
      27 November 2016

      Thank you for your comments. It is indeed one of our most magnificent birds of prey. The Cranes are so seldom seen that one really appreciates a sighting of them


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