Short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus)

It is assumed that there is only 100 to 150 pairs of this magnificent birds in Croatia. It took me three months of observation and monitoring of their behavior to find a nest of this beautiful bird of prey
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which is very difficult because the territory of this eagle is very large, and usually inaccessible terrain. The nest is usually located in an aleppo pine or black pine and is relatively small, perhaps the size like a crow nest. The couple soon as they returns from Africa starts with nesting and already in may there is one egg in the nest, young eagle remain in the nest until mid-july. This type of eagle feeds almost exclusively with snakes and lizards, and a pair with chick in one season can eat more than 500 snakes.
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To take pictures of it and in same time not to disturb them you need to make a good natural shelter quite far from nest and come at night because if they see that you are approaching or saw only a slight change in the habitat they becomes very suspicious and will not come close. But only watch from distance this beautiful bird is something what for every nature lover make his day. A video of feeding the young you can see here.

more pictures…..

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this year(2016) i found another nest near Split…
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