Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Cry of the African Fish Eagle.
Its a strikingly handsome bird with tremendous power .I have witnessed them fishing on numerous occasions.I remember once drifting down the river in a boat with my dad while fishing, when we saw a fish eagle swoop down and grab a fish from the water.The eagle was shocked to find out that he had bitten off more than he could chew.Clasped between his talons was a large and heavy bream.Instead of soaring into the blue sky with his catch, the once dignified eagle ended up flapping clumsily across the surface of the water, battling to maintain a hold on the fish while trying not to sink beneath the water . This continued until he finally reached the shore where after a brief rest proceeded to eat his meal at leisure.
This is a painting I did when I was 18 during my stay in Maun .Its done in Acrylic on Masonite board and was sold not long afterwards.