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Copyright: Way Lim (waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-17 18:54
Viewed: 4299
Points: 30
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Once again, I admit I donít really know what this bird is, I think itís a hawk. Any member who an expert in birds, let me know so I can look up for more info about this bird.

I saw this beautiful bird on the top of the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania early in the morning, It was sitting there waiting very patiently looking for his prey. It must had spotted something, when it suddenly take off and flew so fast down and caught whatever little critter he was after.

Once again, thank you for those who ID this bird as "Augur Buzzard" for me. Below is more information of the bird from the ďU.S. Fish & WildlifeĒ

Hunting mostly from a perch in mountains and hilly open plains areas. The Augur Buzzard feeds largely on small ground mammals. It has also been known to eat snakes and other reptiles, as well as birds, and the occasional insect. This raptor is very talented at flying and will often use warm air currents to stay aloft while searching for prey. When it has spotted a suitable meal, the Augur Buzzard drops sharply, as if it has fallen from the sky.

This raptor was bred in captivity for the first time in 1998 by the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis. In 1999, there were less than 2 dozen Augur buzzards in the United States

The Augur Buzzard is the most common raptor in its range. Lately, however, human encroachment and development have been destroying much of this birdís natural habitat. Today, conservation groups are working to conserve and restore the natural habitat for this raptor.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-17 19:04]

Hello Way
What a beautifull composition.Good POV and very sharp image.Details in the plumage is excellent.I also like the pose and the light from your image.
TFS Michel

hello Way

WOW ! what a excellent shot of this bird of prey
with his expressive glance and proud pose

excellent luminosity of your image, excellent sharpness and details
and a wonderful background, i love the density of the colours, TFS


A nice capture of what looks like an adult Buteo augur (Jackal or Augur buzzard), a common species, seeming fierce and robust as it is.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-17 23:26]

Hi Way,

A nice capture,nice composed with great colors,kebapci is probably right with its ID,tfs


Fantastic detail in this well composed image of what is almost certainly an Augur Buzzard.TFS.

Hallo Way,
Beautifully captured bird. Details really gerat. You managed to do great work. Nice pose showing all body clear, crisp and sharp. Nicely composed. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-18 2:12]

Hi Way

Another splendid capture from you!
Yes, it also looks like a hawk to me, too, but apparently Umit Kebapci has already pointed out the species here...isn't Tn great? :)
Anyway, i really enjoy this beautiful shot in which the subject is so detailed and wonderfully colored.
The BG here is also great and i think it enhances the features of the buzzard.
Very nicely framed and composed.

Bravo and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-18 7:04]

Hello Way,
Yes, this is a pale adult Augur Buzzard female (buteo augur). Very beautiful photo with a great POV, good sharpness, details and very nice colours. I like the composition and BG.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-18 12:43]

Hola Way,
excelente captura y detalles,
buena percha y pov...

Hello Way,
great shot,very good composition and pov,excellent sharpness and depth of field, great colors and details.wonderful pose, i wonder what he's eyeing!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-26 5:12]

Hello Way Lim, perfect shot of this great raptor! Well composed, great exposure, perfect background and very high technical quality. Thanks!


Excellent shot, very crisp and sharp, good light, nice background. Tfs

fantastic shot
very well focused and perfect pov
I like this birds
very well done
Tfs Toba

Hello Way,
Beautiful Buzzard you photographed. Apparently it was a close encounter. I like the tropical colors in your image.

Hi Way, nice portrait of this Augur buzzard, birds of Ngorongoro Conservation Area are great to observe.Good POV and nicely soft BG.TFS

Thanks for kind comments on my recent Eagle post.

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