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Steppes Eagle (with steppes)

Steppes Eagle (with steppes)
Photo Information
Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/220 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-09-11 16:22
Viewed: 5769
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tawny or Steppes Eagle - Aquila rapax

The species Aquila rapax is a well distributed bird, ranging from Rumania east through the south Russian, south Siberian and Kirghiz steppes east through Transbaikalia to Mongolia; south through Arabia, India and almost the whole of Africa.
The northern populations only are migrant.
Throughout its range it favours desert, semi-desert, steppes, open savannah, thin bushveld and cultivation steppe from sea level to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) - higher on migration.

The diet of the Steppes and Tawny Eagle is largely carrion of all kinds, usually fresh, often the kills of other raptors; mammals up to the size of a rabbit, small to medium rodents; lizards and snakes. Locusts, grasshoppers and flying termites are taken in season, also birds up to the size of guineafowl, particularly injured individuals.
It will also pirate food from any raptor larger or smaller than itself and kills its own prey on the ground.

Status and behaviour in the wild
On migration and in winter quarters these birds are gregarious; also near a carcass, or when scavenging around a camp. Often twenty or more will be found in a small area. If there is a concentration of food, such a s near a swarm of locusts, a dense population of rats or a flock of flamingos, even more will collect.
The orientalis race, whilst wintering in Africa, spend much time on the ground, and many will collect at a kill of one of them. Like vultures, they will rob each other of kills and, also like vultures, they spend much time near water and drink freely.

Camera stabilized against the vehicule.
No PP work
I liked the view on its natural environement.

Thanks for looking,


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-09-11 16:59]

Hi Jean-Marie,
Excellent, love it. I've photographed these Eagles in captivity, great to see one in it's natural habitat. Nice composition and beautiful background, good detail in the Eagle's plumage and the steppes (good title :-))

I think just a little more sky at the top would balance it a little better, the Eagle's head seems close to the top of the frame. Just a minor point though, congratulations on seeing this beautiful bird in it's natural habitat.

This is such a perfect location for shooting this eagle. The spines of that plant and colour of sky compliment it. A very impressive shot.

very nice pic, great composition, TFS Ori

Lovely composition with details.

Hi Jean,
Great job of getting this eagle in the wild, not an easy task..I like the composition, as the bird looks out over it's domain :)
Well done!

Excellent image with much personality. The eagle looks serene atop the old weathered piece of wood. Well done.


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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-09-30 1:12]

Excellent capture of the eagle surveying his territory. I like that you kept in the surrounding. It must be his favourite perch as one can see by the white splats.
Great PoV and positioning of the subject.


Hi jeanmarie,
congratulation for your photo gallery.
This one in particular has hit me a lot pleasantly the composition. With Eagle that watches towards the infinite from a perch. Excellent POV and DOF.

Bonjour JeanMarie, ta galerie est pleine d'excellentes photos. J'aime bien celle-ci, le regard au loin de l'oiseau à la recherche de proies éventuelles. Bravo et merci.


PS J'ai fait un petit workshop sur cette photo.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-11-09 13:15]

Belle capture Jean-Marie, j'aime la façon dont tu as cadré cette photo, la position de l'aigle nous donne confime l'aspect de dominance chez cet oiseau. Bon travail!


Beautiful pose and beautiful picture. You have a perfect background, a bit dizzy, too.

J'aime beaucoup cette photo, car c'est un aigle a vraiment l'air de se prendre pour un roi, juché sur cet arbre creux.
Il a une attitude impériale.

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