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Short Toed Eagle

Short Toed Eagle
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, 300 mm 1:2.8 with 1.4 CANON extender
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-23 12:54
Viewed: 4550
Points: 56
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Short-toed Eagle
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Range and habitat
This is an Old World species spread throughout the Mediterranean basin and into Russia and the Middle East, and into parts of Asia (Pakistan, India and some Indonesian islands).

Those present on the northern edge of the Mediterranean and other parts of Europe migrate mainly to sub-Saharan Africa north of the equator, leaving in September/October and returning in April/May. In the Middle and Far East the populations are resident. In Europe it is most numerous in Spain where it is fairly common but elsewhere it is rare in many parts of its range.
The Short-toed Eagle is found in open cultivated plains, arid stony deciduous scrub areas and foothills and semi-desert areas. It requires trees for nesting.

Adults are 63-68 cm long with an 185-195 cm wingspan and weigh 1.7-1.9 kg. They can be recognised in the field by their predominantly white underside, the upperparts being greyish brown. The chin, throat and upper breast are a pale, earthy brown. The tail has 3 or 4 bars. Additional indications are an owl-like rounded head, brightly yellow eyes and lightly barred under wing.

The Short-toed Eagle is an accomplished flyer and spends more time on the wing than do most members of its genus. It favours soaring over hill slopes and hilltops on updrafts, and it does much of its hunting from this position at heights of up to 500 meters. When quartering open country it frequently hovers like a Kestrel. When it soars it does so on flattish wings.

Its prey is mostly reptiles, mainly snakes, but also some lizards. Occasionally small mammals to the size of a rabbit; rarely birds and large insects.

This eagle is generally very silent. On occasions it emits a variety of musical whistling notes. When breeding it lays only one egg, but can live up to 17 years.

In FlightThe Short-toed Eagle has suffered a steep decline in numbers and range in Europe and is now rare and still decreasing in several countries due to changes in agriculture and land-use. It needs protection. In the middle and far eastern part of its range this species is not yet threatened.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-23 12:57]

Hello Tom,
Great action shot, looks so mighty, fantastic focus
Regards, Dejan

Hi Tom
Nice action and composition!

hi tom,

extrem beautiful plumage "muster" in here.very nice details in his wings.well done.

Hi Tom,
Excellent in-flight on this Short-toed Eagle. I love that lighting from the top to create that halo effect. You handled the exposure very well. Great colors and detail in the plumage. Nice camera work.

The light in the back worked nicely to highlight the wings Tom. You did not lose the details from underside either. I like the wingspan and stop action of this in flight.

Hello Tom,

Excellent shot with good sharpness and very pleasant joke of light.


Hi Tom
Excellent action capture of this eagle
Wonderfull sharpness and detail
tfs jon

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-24 2:20]

Hi Tom

This is really a superb in-flight shot of this respect commanding Short-toed Eagle.
The details and sharpness of every element here is outstanding, but what i'm particularly amazed by is the exposure here - it's simply perfect! Because of it, the pattern and colors on the underwing are so well visible, but also the sky is not an overexposed one but a lovely blue.
Terrific work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Tom,
Excellent in flight capture of this beautiful eagle! Nice composition, sharp focus and perfect exposure! TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-24 3:27]

Hi Tom,
Very good inflight capture of this beautiful raptor. Light and details on the plumage are very nice.TFS
Best wishes,

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-10-24 5:06]

This is just great, Tom. Your journey to Spain have really provided you with extremely good photos!

Great details and a great presence in the eye plus the perfect composition makes this really stand out. I have seen this eagle quite a few times but never been able to get something even close to this!

Best regards/Bengt

Wow, great shot Tom
Stunning sharpness with beautiful plumage detail
Excellent exposure
Well composed
A great work


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-24 6:03]

Hi Tom.
Perfect in-flight shot of this wonderful bird at very nice pose. I like a lot quality of colour and detail reproduction considering the complex upper light. Shot is composed perfectly too. Bravo and best regards.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-24 11:25]

Hi Tom. A very good in flight shot ofthis beautiful bird . You have capturedit with fine detail in the open wings. good natural colours showing the nice markings so well. with a good over head view. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-24 21:18]

Hello Tom, what a great capture you've done ! Very sharp, perfect exposure, good catch light in its eye and great details in the feathers ! Thanks,


Nice work Tom,
Excellent exposure, color, POV, composition, and nice details.
I like the patterns/markings on the underside of this beautiful bird of prey as well.

Hi Tom,

I don't know how you manage to get so many good shots of birds in flight - for most of us it's an event, for you it's just another shot! And this is no exception, fantastically sharp and perfectly exposed. Perfect.

Kind regards,


hi tom!
great capture wirh good
quality and a fine exposure!
good work!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-26 4:54]

Hi Tom,
consistency is hard to achieve at such a high level, but you've done it again here! Excellent exposure, sharp focus and superb detail, a fine shot indeed, very well done.

Great! Detail, light and all the rest make it very enjoyable! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

Hello Tom , excellent eye and underparts detail , very good photo of this majestic raptor , TFS and good luck .

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-26 10:30]

Hello Tom,
Great photo of this Eagle in flight. Perfect light and very good composition, details and focus.

Hi, Tom.
Excellent inflight. Well composed with wings widely opened. Sharp, with good exposure.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-29 9:48]

Hello Tom

Wonderful use of lighting,the bird is glowing in warm light.
The focus is razor sharp well done ,excellent in flight clarity.
The plumage detail is well defined with excellent rich colours and patterns show well.
The POV is excelelnt and the DOF is well handled.
A lovely composition of a bird enjoying the freedom of the open skies.TFS


Hi Tom.
Stunning flight image. Superb exposure, sharpness, colour and detail.


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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-10-30 10:23]

Hi Tom,
great catchlight in the eye....I like the backlighting around the feathers......very good clarity of the markings and so well focused.....excellent shot.


Sharp pic of a not-so-commun preybird.
Nice pose and composition.
Raptors can be hard to photograph becasue too dark against a bright sky. Perfect balance of light here. Very detailed.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-11-10 14:32]

Hi Tom,

Another beauty you're posting. I like the light on the wings,it gives a nice natural effect. Very well done!


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