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Steppe eagle

Steppe eagle
Photo Information
Copyright: Seyed Babak Musavi (babak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS, Vanderschelden's favourites, Selen's Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-07 11:39
Viewed: 11615
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) is a large bird of prey. It is about 62-74 cm in length and has a wingspan of 165-190cm. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the non-migratory Tawny Eagle, Aquila rapax, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy (Clark, 1992; Olson, 1994; Sangsteret al., 2002); molecular analysis[citation needed] indicates that these birds are not even each other's closest relatives.

The Steppe Eagle breeds from Romania east through the south Russian and Central Asian steppes to Mongolia. The European and Central Asian birds winter in Africa, and the eastern birds in India. It lays 1-3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree.

Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats, such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah.

This is a large eagle with brown upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. This species is larger and darker than the Tawny Eagle, and it has a pale throat which is lacking in that species.

Immature birds are less contrasted than adults, but both show a range of variation in plumage colour. The eastern race A. n. nipalensis is larger and darker than the European and Central Asian A. n. orientalis.

The Steppe Eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill rodents and other small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, and birds up to the size of partridges. It will also steal food from other raptors.

The call of the Steppe Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.

Steppe eagle in iran is a winter visitor . I have taken this shot in Ne of Iran . I wish that enjoy of this photo

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-07 12:18]

Impeccable. Une tête bien net et du flou pour les ailes. Cela me plait.
Bonne journée.

if it was wild bird this is a great shot the wings show a speed but the head is sharp well cropped

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-07 13:00]

Hello Seyed,
This is a fine in-flight shot of a Steppe Eagle, which judging by the appearance of the underwing, looks like a juvenile. This is shot is sharp and contrasts well with the BG, all making an excellent presentation that deserves credit.
Regards, Ivan

bonjour Seyed,

très belle prise de vue une parfaite netteté et une bonne composition bravo


Hello Sayed very effective steppe eagle photograph , sharp and enough resolution , but a little big for this photo size , TFS , good luck .

  • fartash Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1013 W: 54 N: 1431] (5161)
  • [2007-02-07 14:51]

Hello Babak
Very nice shot of great eagle,
Perfect focusing and composition,
Excellent work,Pts later :-)


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-07 16:32]

Selam Seyed,
Excellent POV, very good focus, sharpness and details. Very well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-07 22:21]

Hello Seyed,
Superb in flight photo, showing great detail, thanks for sharing.

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-02-08 3:51]

A great shot and good detail. You have caught well.


Scatto spettacolare!
Ottima cintilla nell'occhio.
Perfetta posa in volo, ottimi colori e bilanciamento.
Tutto perfetto!!!

  • Great 
  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-08 8:47]

Hi Seyed,
Very well captured, the light on the head & the glint in the eye is lovely.Nice pose on the wing.
Badruddin Ali

Hello Seyed,
Excellent work here. A high degree of difficulty for this type of shot..
I like the POV most of all.
Very well done.

Excellent catpure of this Steppe Eagle. very good details and very pose in the air,
Excellent work.

Salam my friend,
One word:
Love your notes too.
For a 29 year old photographer you have EXCELLENT work.
Will you permit me to do the odd W/S for you?
Best regards from Canada from Mario.

Actually excellent

Beautiful shot. The DOF really pays off here. TFS Trevor

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