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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-07 7:06
Viewed: 4391
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An oldie from 2005. This majestic Tawny Eagle (aquila rapax) was sitting on a branch next to our truck.

66-76 cm. A uniformly brown eagle with a relatively short rounded tail; plumage varies greatly from very dark brown (uncommon) to brown, rufous brown or even cream-coloured, a phase most frequent in northern Kenya and Somalia. Immature usually paler than adult and possesses two pale wing-bars in flight. The Steppe Eagle ( A. r. nipalensis) is now considered to be con-specific with the Tawny Eagle. Some examples are not distinguishable with certainty in the field, but immature birds are rather pale brown with an olive tinge, have conspicuous creamy wing-bars and a white or whitish rump; the adults are blackish-brown, darker than most Tawnys, with a golden nape patch. It is the sub-adult birds which are often confused with adult Tawny Eagles. The Brown Harrier Eagle is easily recognised by its large owl-like head and unfeathered whitish legs. Spotted Eagles and Lesser Spotted Eagles have white or whitish rumps.
Voice. A raucous yelping cry.
Distribution and Habitat.
Resident and local spasmodic migrant throughout the Ethiopian Region outside the forest regions. The Steppe Eagle is a winter visitor in varying numbers in South Africa. Frequents cultivation, open and savannah bush I country and mountainous country; also common on open plains in big game reserves. Associates with vultures and other carrion feeders at lion kills and around camps but also hunts and kills for itself. Usually nests in trees.
(Collins Field Guide)

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Very nice capture Peter.
You call this one an oldie :)
It has been only two years ago you did take this shot :)
Serious now: Very good sharpness and composition and I also like the details in the fethers and colors very much.
Colors of the leaf of the tree do match wonderfully with those of the feathers of the eagle, but at the same time do give the background it a bit of a busy feeling and therefore the bird does not stand out aswell as I would like to have seen.
Very nice image anyway.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards and have a nice weekend,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-07 7:22]

Hello Peter,
Magnificent capture.POV,colors,details,pose of bird and framing are exclelent.

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this beautiful eagle in great pose,
the eagle colors mixes perfectly with the BG, wonderful POV and composition,
very sharp...well done

"I'll Be Back"

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-07 11:22]

Hi Peter,

How wonderful to find an eagle near your truck - here it would more likely be a dove. A very nice capture - showing off his face, plummage and size very nicely. Even his eye stands out. A nice, although busy, natural background with a beautiful blue sky.


Nice capture. I love eagles. They are hard to get a good shot of though as they are quite alert.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-07-08 16:01]

Peter, a very beautiful bird indeed, with an excellent pose.

I like composition too, as well as colors.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-07-08 17:35]

Good one, Peter! Great colors and detail. I agree with proframe on the background - mostly because it partially melts with same colored leafs - on the other hand - that's something you can do little about - other than cloning the background out. So it's great as it is. Cheers, Klaus

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-06 7:03]

Hi Peter,
very beautifl and majestic. the elegance and the powerful bird is seen in well composed shot.
you have presented it very well in good light and sharp details.


Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this Majestic Bird with
its proud pose, fine POV and framing,
beautiful warm light and color tones doing
excellent contrast against the blue sky, TFS


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