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Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus   - With prey
Short-toed Snake Eagle
Photographer : © Gnanaskandan KesavaBharathi
Location :Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Date : 14 June 2014
English synonyms:Short-toed Snake-Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Short-toed Harrier Eagle, European Snake Buzzard, European Snake-Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Snake Buzzard, Turkestan Snake Buzzard
Bird Family :Accipitrinae - Hawks, bazas, honey-buzzards, eagles, kites, vultures, harriers & buzzards
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :STSE was initially sighted perching on a termite mound. After a brief preening, it took off and landed on the ground 10metres from the mound. It was all focused on the grass few centimeters from its foot. In a minute of continuous focus, the eagle opened up its wings and stamped a small snake with its talons. After a bit of struggle, the eagle caught hold of the snake's head and gave a powerful bite. It dropped the snake in the grass for a few seconds and swallowed it whole head-first. GK
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