Sabi Sands Photographic Safari

Birds of prey on the lakeshore

Just like any other place in the world we have our kingpins among the bird species on the lakeshore at Nkwichi. There are the beautifully coloured ones that dazzle and the small petite ones that amaze, but the kingpins make the biggest statement.

On our list of birds of prey, we have three major ones that frequent our part of the lakeshore. Namely, the African fish eagle, the yellow-billed kite and the pearl-spotted owlet.

Let us start with the African fish eagle

The males grow to a weight of 3 kilogrammes while females reach 3.8kg when fully grown. The eagles nest around the lakeshore and the nests are large platforms of sticks placed in a tree. The fish eagle’s loud distinct call is one of the familiar sounds of Africa, which can be heard while they perch on a tree or are soaring majestically in flight. A great fisher, aided by its strong talons and tough toes to grip fish, the fish eagle is a formidable bird of prey on the lake shore.

Our next bird of prey is the yellow-billed kite

Seldom seen but very present, this bird has a distinctly yellow coloured bill that makes it stand out in the dense Miombo forest. Smaller in size in comparison to the bigger fish eagle, it uses speed and stealth to catch its prey, and considering it steals meals from other birds of prey, these two skills are definitely a prerequisite.

The kite is followed by the pearl-spotted owl

A common species of owl in sub-Saharan Africa, but quite a wonder to see by the lakeshore. This bird of prey focuses more on rodents and smaller birds, lizards and insects, making it a dream to have this owlet close to your place of residence. Don’t count on it though, as these birds prefer to live far away from human habitats. Although the smallest of the owls, it can be considered the bravest found around the lakeshore, as it can be seen during the day moving from tree to tree, unlike other owls who conceal themselves during the day to avoid being mobbed by their prey.

These birds of prey would be a delight for any bird enthusiast to search for, as seeing a new bird on your holiday is always something that will make it notable, especially if you’ve been looking for that one fantastic photo shot of these birds of prey, which you can take home to gain all the necessary bragging rights.

Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge is located on the Mozambique side of Lake Malawi. Nkwichi offers a touch of Robinson Crusoe. Explore the wilderness on foot, with snorkel gear or by dug-out canoe. Nkwichi has been recognised as a pioneering eco-tourism establishment.

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