A Verreaux’s eagle seen here soaring in its typical habitat. Updrafts on cliff faces likely aid soaring flight. Away from cliffs eagles rely on thermal lift to achieve low cost flights. We found that birds were more likely to remain in an active state at higher wind speeds, which are known to aid soaring flight especially over ridges. (© Megan Murgatroyd)

A Verreaux’s eagle seen here soaring in its typical habitat. Updrafts on cliff faces likely aid soaring flight. Away from cliffs eagles rely on thermal lift to achieve low cost flights. We found that birds were more likely to remain in an active state at higher wind speeds, which are known to aid soaring flight especially over ridges. (© Megan Murgatroyd)