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Secretary Bird

Secretary Bird
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-25 10:31
Viewed: 4869
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dry Season in Etosha.

The Secretary Bird you see here is just as weathered as the grass lands it feed upon. This photo was not taken in a bird sanctuary or park!! This is the real conditioned hunter. The temperature was 44 degrees celsius at 12:25 pm! Myself and Annetjie staked out near this bird to try and get the true natural shot, one and a half hours past our normal "returning to camp" time.
So, Enjoy and comments are welcome.
Thanks George (you will know).

Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)

A relative of the hawk, the secretary bird is the only bird of prey who does more walking than flying, up to 20 miles a day. With very large, broad wings, secretary birds are also strong fliers and use thermal air currents to rise and soar. When hunting, they stamp on the ground to flush out small animals, then run in a zigzag pattern, flapping their wings to confuse their prey. Their name may refer to the crest of black-tipped feathers, thought to resemble 18th century male secretaries with quill pens in their wigs. Or the name may come from the Arabic “saqu ettair,” meaning hunter-bird, which translates into French as “secretaire.”

Scientific Name - Sagittarius serpentarius

Lifespan - 20 years in captivity

Carnivore. Snakes (puff adders and cobras), large insects, hares, reptiles, and rodents.
Predators and Threats
Eagles, snakes, large carnivores, and humans.

Dry plains, savanna and sparsely covered grasslands south of the Sahara. Also Namibia and South Africa.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-25 10:37]

Hello Carl,
This Secretary Bird doesn't look very happy indeed. The expression in the eyes and feathers on the head make a sad impression. Good sharpness and nice natural colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-25 10:40]

Hello Carl.
Very beautiful shot of this Falcon, very nice details sharpness, lovely eye-contact, beautiful colours against the perfect background.Best regards Siggi

hello Carl
great picture with super details and good naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Carl,
what a nice bird! Very unusul for me! Amazing colours and great composition. Very good sharpness and details.
Have a nice evening in warm country!!
Thanks for sharing,

WOW Boet, what a stunning shot! This is the true Africa we see here and not always so pleasant. Shame the poor bird looks the worse for wear. Yes, I know what 44degrees is believe me and it's no joke when there is no shade around. This is truly a magnificent capture with excellent detail and the bird stands out against the harsh dry landscape. Excellent Boet and tfs.

lets the "white balance" goes away, this golden colors are just incredible Carl. Good evening ....and what a bird ;)? I like your trademark above as well!Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-25 14:56]

Hello Carl!
What a nice and lively shot ! What a lightness! beautiful bird in a very nice action pic.Wonderful! I love the great african atmosphere! Bravo! TFS
Regards from,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-25 19:19]

Hello Carl,
I must say, this bird looks like he was put together with spare parts. His legs look much too long, his body doesn't seem to fit the pattern of other raptors and that unique head crest is in a class of it's own, but I'm sure to another Secretary bird, he is one good looking fellow.
I'm glad you decided to take the time to photograph it in it's natural habitat, this makes it all that more special.
Nicely composed shot showing exceptional detail and beautiful coloration. I love the intense look on his face and his half opened mouth. He looks very hot and possibly a little tired. Great work!!

Amazing bird Carl! Beautiful photo too! Very good composition and good sharpness. The colours and the lighting are fantastic.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-25 21:43]

Bonjour Carl,
Belle composition dans une grande lumière.
Le sujet est bien orienté et la netteté excellente.

Hello Carl,
Excellent presentation very interesting bird.
Thank you for sharing.

Hi Carl,
A very nice captured of this Secretary Bird, lovely sharpness details and very nice contrasting against the background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-26 5:02]

hello Carl,
What an expression! I discovered this bird on this site and I must say that it seems to be a very striking apparition. Love the fine tints of the shot a lot too. Very well done!
Kind regards

great capture, in a fine moment with very good performance!
regards Nasos

Hi Carl,
Very good capture in the wild. Great composition,sharpness, colors and focus.

Hello Carl,
Your patience at 44 degrees celsius in midday had a good result. What I like about this picture are the details, sharpness, colours and composition. Interesting note, too. Well done!

Hello Carl,
Yes, dry season indeed and very hot already with the rainy season only starting in November, and it is a quest for survival now. What a beautiful image! Truly one of our great African birds. Well done once again!

Hi Carl, this bird is really beautiful and very particular, congrats for the picture, excellent colors, details and perspective,

have a good day,

ciao, tino

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