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Adapt to survive! - Part 3

The survival guru’s son takes over lessons to the animals

“My dad, Rodney the Changeable Hawk Eagle, is away, but he left me with the lesson plan. Those of you who are not CHE’s are wondering why I look so different from my dad. That’s because juvenile CHE’s have pale bodies with light brown tail feathers. We don’t get the delicious dark chocolate coloured feathers till we’re much older. I do have this awesome white-tipped black crest though, which I think is very cool because not all CHE’s have them. Dad said he covered this in his ’Camouflage!’ lesson last year and he hopes that you all have been practising your camouflaged looks!”


Fun Facts

“Scream if you want to eat! No no, not now. When you’re out hunting. Dad told you to hunt everything you see to survive, right? Lizards, mammals, other birds etc. Well, when you get close to your prey screech like this ki-ki-ki-ki-ki-ki-ki-keee. It strikes fear in their hearts and stops them dead in their tracks! By the way, the most efficient way to hunt is to perch bolt upright on a branch, and dive on the unsuspecting prey as it passes under you. The screech works wonders in that situation. Screeching can also help you find a mate, or so I have been told by dad. I plan to put this skill to good use next year!”


Story of the Photo

This gorgeous shot of a juvenile Changeable Hawk Eagle, was photographed on the borders of the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Udawalawe by Dilum on a morning nature walk. These birds are often spotted in the trees close to the camp as there are many water sources closeby, which attract the hawks’ favourite prey.




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Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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