It was late afternoon on Lake Kariba when the thunderclouds started forming like ominous grey monsters on the horizon.
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© Roger de la Harpe, Matusadona
The regals fish eagle posing in front of the distant tornado.
We were photographing a fish eagle perched on a dead stump, the amazing colours of the bird glowing in the soft afternoon light over Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe. Beyond the fish eagle, the storm grew darker and we could see the rain coming down over the lake in torrents.

Suddenly, what seemed like a large tornado began to form at the base of the clouds, growing bigger and bigger as it reached the water. Roger de la Harpe was lucky enough to capture this sighting with amazing skill, the regal fish eagle providing the context and foreground of this rare African phenomenon.

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© Roger de la Harpe, Matusadona
The storm system starts to disappear