We have seen the Crested / Changeable Hawk Eagle (CHE) many times in the Indian wilderness and every sighting has provided some beautiful photo opportunities. We put together many of our sightings in our first post here. Our second post to include a CHE was in the series titled “If looks could kill”. And the most popular post on the CHE was the one where it made an unsuccessful hunt.
Here’s our latest sighting of this handsome raptor. This time we spotted the beautiful bird next to the jeep tracks as we were exiting the Bandipur forest. We were fortunate to observe it searching for its prey on the ground and within the minimum focusing distance of our 300mm f2.8 lens mounted with the 2x TC. This forced us to take most of our images with the D80 mounted with the 18-200mm lens, except for the first image below.

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