<< Previous Next >>

Short-toed Eagle - Snakes Eagle

Short-toed Eagle - Snakes Eagle
Photo Information
Copyright: Yoram Shpirer (shpirery) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 88] (1359)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1D MkII N, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-30 0:16
Viewed: 7072
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 upper parts 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 updraughts, 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.

More pictures of the Short toed Eagle on my website:
My galery - shorttoed_eagle

**Source: Wikipedia

Janice, robindb, sandpiper2, crs, SelenE has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-30 0:22]

Hello Yoram - what a great capture - for you and the Eagle. Poor snake!!
Well done on this very well shown image - the eagle and snake are so clear to see. Excellent colours too,
Thank you for sharing

very very excellent shot.

Superb capture, Yoram.
Fantastic moment. Excellent wildlife photography.
For instance I do like the curve of the snake. Amazing prey.
This snake species can be identified easily, I think.
Nicely done blurred background. Very low point of view which is excellent.

Hi Yoram,

Fantastic moment that you caught so well here. Good detail in the bird and the snake which adds to the composition and the story. Well done.


Hi Yoram

Brilliant action shot of this guy devouring a snake
Excellent sharpness and plumage detail
Great composition
Excellent low down POV


  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-30 5:08]

Hello Yoram,
Wow.... this is an amazing scene and an amazing photo. The low POV is perfect, evenso the eye-contact, natural colours and composition. Very sharp. Lovely BG.
Directly into my favourites.

  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-30 5:33]

hi yoram,
amazing, terrific and wonderful image. important one too. you have captured such an activity in the wild so well. everyting is fine here. looks it has got a venomous snake. tfs.

  • Great 
  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-30 6:13]

Hello Yoram,

This is a fantastic shot as you have captured an excelemt moment. The quality of the image is very high as you got a remarcable sharpness showing well both the bird and it's prey. Light was used very well showing such natural colors. Pattern of the snake is sharply seen as well as the pattern of bird's plumage.


Hi Yoram perfect timing in this shot. Very well captured. Good eye contact. Regards - Adil.

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-07 3:42]

Hi Yoram,
Pose and the expression you captured is very good.
All the best,

What an incredible event to witness in person. Yoram this is an amazing capture and one to be proud of. The exposure as always is fantastic. Well done.
Paul :)

Hello Yoram.

Nice photo. Thank you for sharing with us. Your website show us an impressive behavioural sequence of this splendid eagle.


Olá Yoram.

Bela foto. Obrigada por compartilhar conosco. Sua página na rede revela uma impressionante seqüência do comportamento desta esplêndida águia.


Calibration Check