African Fish Eagle

DECEMBER 2011 – An African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) observes his surroundings from a dead tree at the Chobe National Park, Botswana. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Botswana’s Chobe National Park is a wildlife photographers’ dream come true. You’ve got the giant unspoilt park and the Cuando River in the North. Countless species wait for being discovered by you.

We did an excursion on the Cuando River with a local guide and spotted this African Fish Eagle on a dead tree next to the river. Once more, the combination of a high-end lens and a 1.3 crop factor resulted in a 520 mm lens (effective focal length on a full frame sensor). In the high-resolution image you will see that the sunlight is reflected in the eye of the Eagle, and you can also see the iris within the eye.

The cut-out of the larger photo shows the sun reflection in the eye of an African Fish Eagle. Photo © Mark Zanzig/


The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time08-DEC-2011, 08:21
LocationChobe National Park, Botswana
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark III
LensCanon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/5000 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3888 x 2592 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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