Aquila clanga, Aquila heliaca, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
 Israel, Aquila clanga, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
 Israel, Aqulia clanga, Israel,Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
Aquila clanga, Israel, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
Israel, Aqulia clanga, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
Israel, Kaiseradler, Aquila heliaca, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Aquila clanga, Israel, Schelladler
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Aquila clanga, Israel, Schelladler
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Aquila clanga, Israel, Schelladler
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Aquila clanga, Israel, Schelladler
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Aquila clanga, Aquila heliaca, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
 Israel, Aquila clanga, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
 Israel, Aqulia clanga, Israel,Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
Aquila clanga, Israel, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
Israel, Aqulia clanga, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
Israel, Kaiseradler, Aquila heliaca, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Aquila clanga, Israel, Schelladler
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Aquila clanga, Israel, Schelladler
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Aquila clanga, Israel, Schelladler
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Aquila clanga, Israel, Schelladler
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga
Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, Aquila clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle and Eastern Imperial Eagle

The Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga) is one of the rarest species of Eagles worldwide. The global population is estimated to be well below 10.000 adult birds. Apart from their  stronghold in Russia Greater Spotted Eagles also breed further west for example in Poland, Belorussia and Estonia.  I travelled several times to Northern Israel to photograph this charismatic bird in the wintering grounds. 

Also the global poulation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) is estimated at well below 10.000 adult birds. It is breeding from Austria eastwards to the East with populations in the Balkans, Ukraine and Russia. Eastern Imperial Eagles are Long-distance migrants who winter in a vast area comprising nearly all of the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. In Israel - where my photgraphs were taken - Eastern Imperial Eagles can be seen from November until mid-March. All over the country several dozens of birds winter.  

After several hundreds of years of persecution both Eagle species are extremely shy and wary. A thorough preparation, good camouflage and a lot of patience are preconditions for success. It can take only  hours or many days until the birds accept a bait that is offered to them in front of a hide. I also spent an entire week-long trip without any success. The photographs on display here were taken during several tripsin various years.