Welcome to my birds of prey and wildlife Photography website!

If you're passionate about wildlife and love photography then you've definitely come to the right place.

I'm a semi professional photographer specialising in wildlife photography, both in Europe and Africa, and my biggest passion of all is raptors - otherwise known as birds or prey.

I can think of very few things that I would rather be doing than to be in an environment where I can watch and photograph wild and free birds and animals. For me the natural world is a true inspiration.

This website is all about trying to reveal some of that beauty in a way which inspires people. I hope that the images on this site do just that.

Thanks very much for visiting my site.

Mark Warrillow-Thomson

Mark Warrillow-Thomson's gallery contains 268 photos.


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One of the most distinctive raptors. Stunningly beautful as an adult, the Bateleur and the Marabou stork often locate carcasses which allow other carrion eating birds to enjoy a meal. Obvious in flight as it continuously rocks from side to side and has a small tail. Stands up to 70cm tall, wingspan of up to 180cm and can weigh up to 3kg. Widespread throughout central and southern Africa in woodland and savanna. Feeds mainly on small birds and mammals but will also eat carrion and pretty much anything worth eating.
Bearded vulture (Lammergeyer)
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My favourite raptor due to its unique appearance and size. For me this is the most dramatic vulture in the world due to its bearded feathers which protrude down from its lower mandible, its long V shaped tail and its dramatic and contrasting colours (black upper wings, rufous orange chest and neck and white forehead). Up to 110 cm tall with wing span of 260-282 cm and weighing up to 6.3 kg. Prefers mountainous environments. Exists in Europe, Africa (NW, East and South Africa) and central/eastern Asia. Diet consists of 85% bones, 10 meat and 5% skin.
Cape vultures
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One of the ultimate soaring raptors. Overall plumage is pale to whitish with dark tail feathers. Pale yellow eye and blueish feathers on its neck. Juvenile is more rufous brown with pinkish feathers around its neck. Overall very large at 100 to 120 cm tall, wingspan of up to 255 cm and weighing up to 11 kg. Endemic to southern Africa. Prefers mountainous country or open veld. Feeds exclusively on carrion.
Crowned eagle
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Not the biggest but the most powerful eagle in Africa. Adults are slaty black above and heavily barred rufous, black on the underparts and legs. Juvenile is brown grey on the upperparts and barred white, black on the underparts and head (can be confused with the juvenile Marshall eagle). CE's all have a unique crest on their heads. Very stocky; standing at 80 to 92 cm and weighing 2.7 to 4.2 kg. Wings short but broad (150 to 210 cm). Famous for being able to take on prey weighing up to 20 kg. Found in tropical and southern Africa in forests or woodlands.
Fish eagle
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The unmistakeable African eagle. One of the most widely recognised eagles in Africa and one which is almost impossible not to identitfy due to its classic colours and its loud distinctive call. White head / hindneck and breast, short white tail, elsewhere dark with chestnut underwing coverts and legs. Stands up to 73 cm tall with a wingspan up to 191 cm and weighing up to 3.6 kg. Distributed throughout central and southern Africa along rivers or lakes. No surprise that it feeds on fish though also small mammals and birds (Flamingoes on the hot acidic lakes in Kenya)
Jackal buzzard
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One of the most colourful buzzards. Feathers are slaty black except for the rufous brown breast and tail - white markings on the tail, breast and underparts. Eyes are dark brown and legs yellow. Up to 60 cm tall with a max wingspan of 132 cm and weighing up to 1.7 kg. Exists in southern Africa in mountainous and hilly country. Feeds on small mammals / birds as well as insects and carrion.
Lanner falcon
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Small to medium sized raptor. Bluish grey upperparts, yellow eye ring / legs and cere, with pinkish white underparts. Distinguishing mark is the rufous crown. Found in Africa, Middle East and southern Europe. Habitat is varied from dersert to woodland. Feeds mainly on small birds but also small mammals and insects. Up to 45 cm tall, max wingspan 115 cm and weight up to 910 g.
Martial eagle
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One of the biggest eagles in Africa. Hugely imposing. The head, upperparts and breast are very dark brown together with its white spotted chest. Up to 83 cm tall with a wingspan of up to 260 cm and weighing up to 6.2 kg. Occurs throughout central and southern Africa. Habitat mainly savanna and bushveld but also occurs in environments such as semi desert and woodlands. Feeds on small to medium sized birds and mammals including insects.
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Rock Kestrel
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Small kestrel which is overall rufous brown. Streaked grey head, dark spotted upperparts and streaked underparts. Widespread in Africa and Eurasia. Variable habitat from desert to forest edges. Feeds on small mammals and birds / insects. Up to 33 cm tall, wingspan up to 80 cm and weighing in at max 270 g.
Tawny eagle
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Large eagle. Colouration ranges from reddish brown to almost blond and is often confused with a Steppe eagle. Up to 73 cm tall, wingspan up to 182 cm and max weight 2 kg. Resident of central, eastern and southern Africa. Feeds on pretty much anything worth eating - very opportunistic.
Verreaux's eagle (Black eagle)
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These are the Golden eagles of Africa. They are incredibly dramatic due to their all over black feathers with the distinctive white V showing on their back. Max 96 cm tall with a wingspan of up to 200cm; also weighs up to 5.8 kg. Mainly confined to rocky gorges and mountainous environments from Egypt down to South Africa. Feeds on small mammals (mainly Rock / Yellow spotted Dassies), large birds and sometimes reptiles and carrion.
White backed vultures
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Huge vulture. Generally brown all over, except for the rump which is paler almost white, with black face and beak. Found in Africa south of the Sahara and in savanna and dry open woodland. Stands up to 98 cm tall, max wingspan of 230 cm and weighing up to 7.2 kg. Feeds exclusively on carrion.
Yellow billed kite
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Medium sized raptor with a very distinctive and unique forked tail. Brown overall with a totally yellow beak/cere. Juvenile is like the adult except for the beak which is black. Resident in Africa and Arabia and habitat ranges from desert to forest edge and woodlands. Feeds on small mammals, birds, insects and carrion. Stands up to 60 cm, wingspan up to 140 cm and weighs in at up to 760 g.
Miscellaneous raptors
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The kings of the African plains - majestically beautiful and incredibly powerful.
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Mountains and landscapes
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Cape Gannets
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Very distinctive and in fact unmistakable, large black and white seabird with yellow head and hindneck. Juvenile is initially black and heavily spotted. Common all along the coast of Southern africa. Normally found in large flocks and can be famously seen plunge diving on fish shoals. Height 87 - 100 cm.
Other African animals
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Other African birds
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Other European animals
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Other European birds
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