A couple of great days so far John. In my opinion it's always good to see a successful raptor hunt in action.
Back at the car after our short walk we headed off with the conversation centring around spotting stuff from the car, particularly raptors. Steve as the most travelled was relating previous experiences in which people achieved legend status by picking out a special bird at sixty mph, or disgraced themselves by misidentifying something seen all the time and causing an unnecessary stop. He then saw something he thought mattered and we quickly stopped and disembarked. Would his reputation survive?
The bird had sunk below the treeline but Ebrima decided it was worth a short walk and away we went. Luckily the bird came straight for us and we had an excellent close fly-by followed by circling a little further away, from a Beaudouin's Snake Eagle. Photos an' all: cracking views, cracking pix, cracking bird, cracking tick. Steve's rep intact! Interestingly, we had seen a snake eagle at the first site the previous day but put it down as Short-toed: when I revisited the photos after returning to the UK it was apparent that it, too, was a Beaudouin's - Short-toed off the trip list!
Bravo Steve for his Snake-Eagle, and thanks for the report John, just what we need right now!