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black eagle

black eagle
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Copyright: Paul Bright (paulbright) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 238] (2764)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-16 12:57
Viewed: 6766
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
black eagle (verreaux's eagle)- Aquila verreauxii
Large black eagle with white 'V' on the back. In flight has characteristic narrow-based wings with white 'flashes' at the base of the primaries. Usually silent. Pairs are found in mountains, rocky hills and gorges, usually perched on rocks or flying at no great height.

reference: Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

black eagle being tormented by a pied crow!

This is the female of a breeding pair of black eagle nesting on a hill-top at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden Johannesburg. A pair of pied crow were seen trying to intimidate these black eagles. sometimes table turns and the eagle starts giving these crows a hiding.
There is a single chick in the nest and the eagles were seen bringing fresh tree branches full of green leaves to layer up there nest apparently to cover the dirt and other stuff accumulated.

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This os an amazing picture. What a show ! Ori

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-07-16 15:51]

what an amazing capture, paul! :-)
the eagle inflight would have been terrific itself,
but together with the annoying crow it really steps up to top level.
excellent composition and pov with perfect timing on the
moment the crow was almost completely above the eagle.
well done & take care, thorsten.

Amazing capture perfect timing

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-07-16 17:06]
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Paul, what a capture, are you above them?


An amazing capture. Good thing you had the USM, or this might have been pair of black blurs.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-17 3:00]

Hi Paul,
That is a fantastic shot of the two birds juxtaposed in full flight.
A great capture (and a difficult one) with sharp details and excellent light.
What a stunning POV.
TFS. : )

Hi Paul, great shot of a great moment. The only "wish" i have is , if the focus was on the eagle and if it could be more sharp compared to the crow, that's the way i would prefer. But, i have no chance to see any of those species if you did not post this photo, thanks a lot for sharing


Amazing capture of the two birds in action. The composition, clear sky in BG and detail are all great. TFS,

Hello Paul,
Great moment you captured. This is an excellent shot with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Hi Paul

Lovely photograph. I think the crow is beging for that hiding.


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