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Copyright: Navnith Krishnan (navnith) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 0 N: 158] (1331)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, NIKKOR AF 300 mm f/1:4ED
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-04-17 22:48
Viewed: 1026
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela) is a medium-sized bird of prey that is found in forested habitats across tropical Asia. Within its widespread range across the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and East Asia, there are considerable variations and some authorities prefer to treat several of its subspecies as completely separate species.[2] In the past, several species including the Philippine serpent eagle (S. holospila), Andaman serpent eagle (S. elgini) and South Nicobar serpent eagle (S. klossi) were treated as subspecies of the Crested serpent eagle. All members within the species complex have a large looking head with long feathers on the back of the head giving them a maned and crested appearance. The face is bare and yellow joining up with the ceres while the powerful feet are unfeathered and heavily scaled. They fly over the forest canopy on broad wings and tail have wide white and black bars. They call often with a loud, piercing and familiar three or two-note call. They often feed on snakes, giving them their name and are placed along with the Circaetus snake-eagles in the subfamily Circaetinae.

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Hi Navnith, my neighbour in the gallery today,
Beautiful shot with sharp focus and excellent composition. I especially like the eye contact with the eagle, and the shallow depth of field which helps to isolate the bird from the background. Minor background noise, but nothing destructing. A good photo, congratulations!
Best regards, Laszlo

Despite a branch obstructing the complete view of the subject, the head is fully visible and in excellent focus, Navnith.
Apparently, you have managed the shot pretty well with that nice DOF.

Bonjour Navnith,
Excellente valorisation du sujet dans son environnement sous un bon angle de prise de vue et sous une parfaite profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Navnith Krishnan,

I like its composition very much. Very beautiful BG(except very little bit noise) and I like such natural habitat photography very much. Good sharpness and natural color. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice week end,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-04-18 18:25]

Hello Navnith,
A wonderful shot of this fine looking Crested Serpent Eagle. Nicely framed while showing it's features and colors off in good detail. I like the eye contact and the fact you photographed in it's natural habitat. Well done!!

Hello Navnith,

good image of this eagle, I like how is looking at, well done,

Best regards,


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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2015-04-21 13:31]

Great hunting, Navnit friend. Thanks for giving this eagle that I did not know. Congratulations on your work.
Hernán Bortondello

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