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Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus   - Hunting
Short-toed Snake Eagle
Photographer : © Jainy Kuriakose
Location :Sonkhaliya, Ajmer District, Rajasthan, India
Date : 16 August 2012
English synonyms:Short-toed Snake-Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Short-toed Harrier Eagle, European Snake Buzzard, European Snake-Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Snake Buzzard, Turkestan Snake Buzzard
Bird Family :Accipitrinae - Hawks, Bazas, Honey-buzzards, Eagles, Kites, Vultures, Harriers & Buzzards
Bird Group :CICONIIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :We happened to witness a live tooth and nail fight between this mighty raptor and the cogent cobra. In the first encounter the bird was successful in "air-lifting" the snake, but after a brief flight, it had to drop the snake and the fighting continued. The cobra albeit wounded, never gave up and the bird had to finally let it go... (You can see the hissing cobra in the corner of the picture). - JK