For a birder, raptors or birds of prey are one of the most difficult birds to identify. Among those magnificent and powerful carnivores, the Crested Serpent Eagle stands out. You are sure not to mistake it for any other bird once you’ve seen it. As its name suggests, it has got a small crest on the head. But, this crest is not always visible. The bird has got a loud piercing voice which is quite obvious. And, it usually make the call while it is airborne.
The call of the Crested Serpent Eagle reverberates almost all the forests in Kerala. Infact, this is the dominant raptor here. These birds have a special affinity towards snakes. Besides snakes, they can satisfy their belly with small lizards, birds etc..
Thereafter, I got some excellent chances to photograph the bird while on the vehicle. And the best one was at Bandipur when a bird did not bother to move at all for about 10 minutes. A trip to the forest is not complete without the sighting of this majestic bird.