In this picture, we have a Crested Serpent Eagle (Binomial name: Spilornis cheela) perched high up in the forest canopy and scanning the area for prey.
This photograph was captured during late spring (April 2022) at the Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa, India. The dark brown plumage blends right in with the woody forest and using this camouflage this beautiful bird of prey can wait and spot the reptiles, that it typically feeds on, and launch an attack at just the right time. A radio-telemetric study in Taiwan found that these birds spend 98% of the day perched and usually find food in the morning hours.[the_ad id="61677"]