I've spent hours in the Nature reserve mountains under the Sicilian sun, looking for a Bonelli's eagle. One guard told me to come early in the morning, another told me to be there at 4 pm. 
Without success :'-(

But in the Spanish Sierra Nevada we found a couple, circling high up in the air. Later Mick Richardson, a local guide showed me a nest as well, but unfortunately no breeding there, this year.


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Adult
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Aquila
Species: Aquila fasciata
Dutch name: Havikarend
Common name: Bonelli's eagle
Location: Sierra Nevada, Spain

Remarks: Adult Bonelli's eagle in the Sierra Nevade, Spain.
Adult
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Aquila
Species: Aquila fasciata
Dutch name: Havikarend
Common name: Bonelli's eagle
Location: Sierra Nevada, Spain

Remarks: On Sicilly I've spent hours looking for these beauties unsuccesfully. In the Sierra Nevada I finaly found a couple flying together...
Nest
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Aquila
Species: Aquila fasciata
Dutch name: Havikarend
Common name: Bonelli's eagle
Location: Sierra Nevada, Spain

Remarks: This is the nest of a Bonelli's Eagle



Field characteristics

This is a medium to great sized eagle at 55–65 cm (22–26 in) in length, with a wingspan of about 150 cm (59 in). The upperparts of the adult are dark brown with a white patch between the wings. From below, the body is white with dark stripes, and the wings are blackish. The long tail is grey on top and white below and has a single broad black terminal band. The feet and eyes are yellow. Immature birds have deep buff underparts and underwing coverts, and have fine barring on the tail without the terminal band.

The Bonelli's eagle is usually silent except near the nest.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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