Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga
(aka Aquila clanga)
Greater Spotted Eagle, The Compost Plant, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, March 2010 - click for larger image

Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
March 2010

The Greater Spotted Eagle breeds from eastern Europe across Russia and central Asia to the Far East. It winters in southern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India and south-east Asia and is to be seen in Abu Dhabi from late October to early April. It breeds in wet forest and forest edges with nearby marshes or wet areas.

Greater Spotted Eagle, The Compost Plant, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, March 2010 - click for larger image It is a medium sized, rather dark brown eagle with long wings and a relatively short, rounded tail.

There is a recording from xeno-canto:

and more information is available via Avibase.
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