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Changeable Hawk Eagle Nisaetus cirrhatus ceylanensis   - Adult with prey
Changeable Hawk Eagle
Photographer : © Tharanga Herath
Location :Ruhunu National Park, Sri Lanka
Date : 5 January 2010
English synonyms:Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Crested Hawk Eagle, Ceylon Hawk Eagle (ceylanensis), Marsh Hawk Eagle, Sunda Hawk Eagle (floris)
Bird Family :Accipitrinae - Hawks, Bazas, Honey-buzzards, Eagles, Kites, Vultures, Harriers & Buzzards
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :This adult Eagle was seen feeding on a young crocodile, which I guess was a Mugger Crocodile Crocodylus palustris that is found commonly throughout the park. It seemed that the crocodile was caught from the small water hole nearby. The bird was on a lower branch of that particular tree at a height of about 12-15 feet. From observing the tail of the crocodile I could assume that the specimen was about 1.5 feet long. We observed it for about 10 minutes throughout which time the bird was having its feast without any shyness. - TH