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Changeable Hawk-Eagle

Changeable Hawk-Eagle
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Copyright: Ashok Kumar (ashok_delhi17) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 17] (151)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-17 8:54
Viewed: 3268
Points: 2
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Changeable Hawk-Eagle at Corbett National Park.

Changeable Hawk Eagles eat mammals, birds and reptiles. They like to keep a sharp lookout perched bolt upright on a bough amongst the canopy foliage of some high tree standing near a forest clearing (see photo). There they wait for junglefowl, pheasants, hares and other small animals coming out into the open. The bird then swoops down forcefully, strikes, and bears the prey away in its talons

more from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changeable_Hawk-eagle

The Crested Hawk-eagle or Changeable Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus), is a bird of prey of the family Accipitridae. They were formerly placed in the genus Spizaetus but studies pointed to the group being paraphyletic resulting in the Old World members being placed in Nisaetus (Hodgson, 1836) and separated from the New World species.

Changeable Hawk Eagles breed in southern Asia in Northern Pakistan across to the Republic of India and Sri Lanka and from the SE rim of the Himalaya across Southeast Asia to Indonesia and the Philippines. This is a bird occurring singly (outside mating season) in open woodland, although island forms prefer a higher tree density. It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays a single egg.

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Hi Ashok,
This is a photo taken from a POV hard but well resolved, congratulations! Well done!
**Use a bit of post processing to lower the brightness gamma is recommended for photos taken with this kind of angle and hard light.

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