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Photographer of the Year 2021

Written by: Logan Weavind

I was driving on the H4-1 from Lower Sabie towards Skukuza in Kruger recently when I came across the usual smattering of parked cars. I could see from the way that the cars were pulled over and parked that there had to be something, but it wasn’t the usual hustling and jostling that one sees with the apex predators.

I drove up alongside a casually stopped car, passenger window down, and asked them what we were looking at. The answer floored me – a martial eagle with a baby impala kill.

martial-eagle

I quickly sussed it out, getting in position to see it before it could fly off. True as the sky is blue – there it was, a dream sighting of my favourite bird, in all its glory sitting on its prized kill – a buck that easily weighed the same as it.

martial-eagle-impala

I watched as the bird first got comfortable with our company, then dragged its kill ever so closer to the bush where it started to feed.

martial-eagle-with-impala-kill

To see this was a true blessing.

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