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Short-toed Eagle - Snakes Eagle

Short-toed Eagle - Snakes Eagle
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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, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS, Bayram's Favorites-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-01 12:44
Viewed: 17899
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 20
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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

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-01 13:43]

Hello Yoram,
The photo of yesterday was incredible good, this one is also excellent. Everything looks marvelous. The low POV is really perfect. Great quality!

amazing pic, as usual, TFS Ori

Hello Yoram

What a great capture.
The timing is wonderful on this one.
The colours are beautiful.
Wonderful sharp details and colours.
The eye contact is super.


wonderful shot my freind

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-01 22:03]

Wooooow,WHAT A catch...Both predator-prey you got good details...TFS!!!

Clear view of this action shot. Beautiful bird. Brilliant composition.

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  • Yeoman (38)
  • [2008-10-02 12:08]

Bonsoir Yoram,

Une très jolie photo, prise sur le vif... ce qui n'est jamais évident ! Un immense bravo pour avoir réussi à capter aussi superbement cet instant... c'est à cela qu'on reconnait les grand photographes !

Magnifique photo tant par le rendu que par la qualité de ses tons.


Best regards,


Shalom Yoram, A superb action shot of a raptor and its prey (Hemorrhois nummifer-Coin snake). Very nice timely shot and also great document on the feeding biology of this raptor and also on the predators of the coin snake. I am sure that my close friend, a great herpetologist of the Middle East, Prof. Yehudah WERNER (from Hebrew Univ.) would be interest with your shot. Many thanks for sharing this scientific document.
Biverakhot mikerev lev,


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-07 3:43]

This one is also very nice... Good work.

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2013-10-26 11:43]

Maravillos relato visual.
Felicitaciones por la calidad y oportunidad de tu obra.
Hernán Bortondello

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