Top 25 birds of the week: Eagles

Eagles are large, powerfully built birds of prey, with heavy heads and beaks. They have relatively longer and more evenly broad wings, and more direct, fast flight. Most eagles are larger than any other raptors apart from some vultures. Because of their size and power, many eagle species are ranked at the top of the food chain as apex predators in the avian world.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Eagles, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of the week. Enjoy!

The Bald Eagle is an eagle found in North America. Its range include most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. This bird is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting. Photographed in Ontario, Canada (Anupam Kamal)

 

Bald eagle fishing in Mississippi River, Lowa, USA (Peter Chromik)

 

Bonelli’s Eagle photographed at Sounio National Park, Greece (Michalis Kotsakis)

 

The Booted Eagle (Pale morph) is a medium-sized mostly migratory bird of prey with a wide distribution in the Palearctic and southern Asia, wintering in the tropics of Africa and Asia, with a small, disjunct breeding population in south-western Africa. Photographed at Uppar Dam, Tamilnadu, India (Dr Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

Booted Eagle photographed at Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Changeable Hawk-eagle, also known as the Crested Hawk-eagle, is a member of the booted eagle subfamily. Photo taken at Bongaon North, Parganas, West Bengal, India (Debjyoti Sarkar)

 

Crested Hawk-eagle photographed at Mysuru, Karnataka, India (Kavya Ram)

 

Crested Serpent Eagle is found in forested habitats across tropical Asia. Photographed at Pench, Maharashtra, India (Dr. Pavan Puri)

 

A juvenile Crested Serpent Eagle photographed at the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve India (Abhaya)

 

Crested Serpent Eagle. Photographed at Ranthambhore TR sawai madhopur Raj. (Vijay Singh Chandel)

 

Eastern Imperial Eagle is a large bird of prey that breeds in southeastern Europe and extensively through West and Central Asia. Most of its populations are migratory and winter in northeastern Africa, the Middle East and South and East Asia. Photographed at Jorbeer Bikaner, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)

 

Eastern Imperial Eagle photographed at Tal Chhapar, Rajasthan, India (Shounak Lahiri)

 

Grey-headed Fish Eagle is a large stocky raptor with adults having dark brown upper body, grey head and lighter underbelly and white legs. Photographed at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, India (Narayanan Iyer(Naresh Iyer))

 

Indian Spotted Eagle is a large South Asian bird of prey. It is native in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Nepal where it mostly prefers subtropical and tropical dry forests to plantations and arable land. Photographed at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India (Poonam S Nayaka)

 

Rufous-bellied Eagle is found in the forested regions of tropical Asia. Adults of this species are distinctive in their pattern. They have a black hood with a short crest, chestnut underparts and wing coverts that contrast with the white on the throat and breast. Photographed at Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand (Deepak Singla)

 

Eastern Imperial Eagle photographed by Zafer Tekin

 

The Short-toed Snake Eagle is an Old World bird species found throughout the Mediterranean basin, into Russia and the Middle East, and parts of Western Asia, and in the Indian Subcontinent and also further east in some Indonesian Islands. Photographed at Jourian, J&K, India (Vikas Dogra)

 

The White-tailed Eagle is a large species of sea eagles found widely distributed across the temperate Eurasia. Photographed on the drift ice near Rausu in Hokkaido, Japan (Siddhartha Mukherjee)

 

The Steller’s Sea Eagle is a large diurnal bird of prey found in coastal northeastern Asia and mainly preys on fish and water birds. Photo taken at Sea of Okhotsk, Rausu, Hokkaido (Siddhartha Mukherjee)

 

Steppe Eagle photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Subhamay Karmakar)

 

Steppe Eagle photographed at Gajoldoba, West Bengal, India (Rana Mukherjee)

 

The Tawny Eagle is known to breed in most of the African continent, both north and south of the Sahara Desert, and across tropical southwestern Asia. Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats such as semideserts, deserts steppes or savannah plains. Photographed at Bikaner, Rajasthan (Rana Mukherjee)

 

White-bellied Sea Eagle photographed at Chennai, Tamilnadu, India (Sathyanaarayan G.V.)

 

The White-bellied Sea Eagle is also known as the White-breasted Sea Eagle. It is closely related to the Sanford’s Sea Eagle which is found in the Solomon Islands, and these two are considered a subspecies. Photograph at Muar, Malaysia (Pang James)

 

White-tailed Eagle photographed in Warsaw, Poland (Edwin Godinho)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager