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Fish eagle Hunting

Fish eagle Hunting
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Copyright: Quinten Venter (voyager1) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 45] (359)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax ist*DL, Pentax 18-55 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-10 11:15
Viewed: 4493
Points: 12
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Hunting Fish Eagle:
The African Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer[1]) or - to distinguish it from the Ichthyophaga true fish eagles, African Sea-eagle - is a large species of eagle and a bird of prey.

Its closest relative appears to be the critically endangered Madagascar Fish-eagle. As in all sea-eagle species pairs, this one consists of a white-headed species (the African Fish-eagle) and a tan-headed one. These are an ancient lineage of sea-eagles, and as such have dark talons, beaks, and eyes (Wink et al. 1996). Both species have at least partially white tails even as juveniles.

African Fish-eagles are large birds, and the females are often larger than the males. Males usually have a wingspan of about 2 m (6 feet), while females have wingspans of more than 2.4 m (8 feet). They are very distinctive in appearance with a mostly brown body and large, powerful, black wings. The head, breast, and tail of African Fish-eagles are snow white and the hook-shaped beak is mostly yellow with a black tip.

African Fish-eagles mainly feed on fish, which, upon spying it from a perch in a tree, it will swoop down upon and snatch from the water with its large clawed talons and fly back to its perch to eat. Should the African Fish-eagles catch a fish over 1.8 kg (4 pounds) it will be too heavy to allow it to get lift, so it will instead drag the fish across the surface of the water until it reaches the shore. If it catches a fish that is too heavy to even allow the eagle to sustain flight, it will drop into the water and paddle to the nearest shore with its wings. African Fish-eagles will also feed on waterfowl, small turtles, baby crocodiles, and carrion.

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  • Great 
  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-10 11:18]

Impressive in-flight shot, esp. for a 18-55. Good detail. Regards,

  • Great 
  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-10 11:22]

good focus great DOF nice expression with the bird looking down and to the side good colors

Nice shot Quinten, very sharp and good colors

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-10 16:10]

Hi Quinten.very good shot with good detail with the wing open at the tips.good DOF.well done..TFS


very nice photo, beautiful, sharp, good colors.. well done :)

Hello Quinten,

well captured moment. that is nice, that background is blurry and give the idea of movement.


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