Copyright © 2019 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Crested Serpent Eagle: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Crested Serpent Eagle or Spilornis cheela is a medium-sized bird of prey in which it is commonly seen at mountain forest or national parks in Thailand.

It was one beautiful morning in which I shared the moments with Khun Kin Shingli; he wanted to help him out find the Chestnut-headed bee-eaters and I know exactly where to find them in the national park. It was to early for them to be seen as they like to chase around Bees and other insects available in the wind. They like to have fun flying around and catch them midair and take the prey back with them as they perch and if the Bee struggles, it will whip its bill with the Bee on the perch repeatedly until the Bee is dead and ready to be eaten or else it could really fight back by using its deadly sting.

As the dew wet our shoes as we walked on grass; I spotted two raptors perching on a opposite branches of one tree and we immediately took photographs until they took off one by one. It was quite a delight to have them very close just like this Crested Serpent Eagle; the only problem was, the light was not enough to lift details from our captures and yet we were delighted.

Khao Yai National Park
February 23, 2019
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro E9| Fotopro LH-10A 
Carry Speed FS-Pro
Nitecore UNK1 | Toshiba FlashAir 64GB


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