Juvenile Martial Eagle perched in tree, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Caption: A young martial eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) scans its surroundings from a lofty perch atop an old tree, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Juvenile martial eagle preparing for take-off
Soon after this picture was taken, we heard the mother eagle calling anxiously for her offspring to return to the huge nest, which we could see in the upper branches of a tree some distance away.

After a couple of hesitant and unsteady attempts (right), the immature raptor finally managed to take off and return to the safety of its parent and the nest.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 300mm; Shutter speed: 1/800; Aperture: f8; ISO: 400; Exposure compensation +1

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