I can’t believe it. I have just seen the news yesterday that a juvenile Bateleur Eagle has been sighted in Algeciras, Spain. This is the first ever sighting of one here and even in Europe! I remember my first and only time seeing one, in Botswana, and I was stunned by it. Ungainly in flight but yet with a regal demeanour. The photos I have here are of the female I saw in Botswana. The one in Algeciras is a juvenile and obviously likes to go against the grain somewhat. Here’s a link to the sighting.
The short tail of the Bateleur and it’s unique way of flying make it unmistakeable in flight, almost as if it were unstable. A marvelous sighting for Spain and Europe. The question is now, where will it go?
Bateleur female (Terathopius ecaudatus)
Go birding in La Mancha, Spain with Oretani Wildlife. You probably won’t see a Bateleur but we have plenty of other eagles to see.