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Snake hunter


Snake hunter
Photo Information
Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF70-300mm LD, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-21 4:04
Viewed: 5014
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 40
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Brown Snake Eagle (Circaetus cinereus)

Eng: Brown Harrier-Eagle Fr: Circačte brun Ger: Einfarb-Schlangenadler Spa: Culebrera Sombría Swe: Brun ormörn, Mörk ormörn Ned: Bruine Slangenarend Ita: Biancone cenerino

Identification
Large brown Eagle with large yellow eyes, face owl-like, legs white and featherless In flight dark body and underwing coverts with white flight feathers. Usually seen perched very upright on top of a tree or telephone pole.

Distribution
Found in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, northern Namibia and the eastern and coastal parts of South Africa. Also found in Ricardo’s neck of the woods, I’ve seen intensive studies off it’s migrating habits from that area.

Habits
Usually solitary, perches for long periods on trees or Telephone poles, watching for prey, rarely hovers or hunts in flight. Flies at intervals from one hunting perch to another. Kills and swallows prey on the ground,

Can and will kill snakes up to 3 m long, including cobras, adders and mambas.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-10-21 4:22]

Superb yellow eye and rusty-like bill. Like it very much!

Nice and sharp, good crop, nice BG.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-21 5:43]

Another very fine bird portrait.
Excellent detail,the eye is very hypnotic if you look at it too long!
Very well done!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-21 5:45]

Daai oog!!!! This is absolutely stunning and I think I am allowed to be jealous on this one.

Thanks for posting

Gerhard, Now that's what I'm talkin'bout!! And this shot has this Harrier's eye postioned perfectly within the frame in a "lock" down stare! Excellent sharpness & details with a BG that compliments without distractions..I like this one alot Gerhard!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-21 7:58]

Repito los mismo conceptos de la anterior presentacion Gerhard... ya que tienen mucha similitud en su composicion y calidad.
Gran primer plano de esta maravillosa ave.
Excelente agudeza y detalles en el plumaje y pico.
Perfecto DOF y atinado encuadre.

I repeat same the concepts of the previous presentation Gerhard... since they have much similarity in its composition and quality.
Great close up of this wonderful bird. Excellent sharpness and details in the plumage and tip.
Perfect DOF and accurate frame.

Well you certainly nailed the focus on this baby! Beautiful photo of a handsome raptor...executed very nicely, Gerhardt!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-21 9:49]

Excellent, the eye is piercing, the focus is spot on. Fantastic shot Gerhard, well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-21 10:20]

You really got the control of your new camera for your pleasure and ours. Words are useless in front of pictures like this one. I just want to enjoy it and to be greatfull to those who post the best pictures they can take. TFS.

Nice detail and that eye is so sharp! Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-21 14:27]

Aha!
It is even better bigger! Love those golden orbs, this is a very nice capture, I think you have arrived, Gerhard. From now on, trust me, it gets more difficult, because you, and others, will not accept mediocre work anymore!
I did a WS to get rid of the strips on both sides, but just to see if it works. This is lovely as is. I can mail it to you, no need to post.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-10-21 14:38]

Awesome. Absolutely a delight to the eye.
Great pic. Well done.

Wow! What fantastic colours. Great DOF. Wouldn't want to tussle with this guy.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-10-22 10:57]

The eye catch my attention first of all. Very clear and clean. Nice image.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-22 11:33]

Hij is prachtig vriend,
Jullie sud afrikaner schitteren echt met de bird shots. Deze kop is helemaal te gek goede kleuren, and I like that eye, very good job you did here Gerhard.

Wowww a beautiful portrait. Wonderful sharp and clear image and this eye is so mysterious and exotic.

Fantastic capture Gerhard. Superb details abound here of this most excellent subject.

Great yellow eye, very good details.

Right on, dude ! Awesome portrait of an amazing character !

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-01-31 12:50]

Bonsoir Gerhard,
Ce regard nous transperce ! Superbe image dans la restitution des couleurs et du plumage. Félicitations. Gérard

superb capture, nice portrait

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