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Bonelli's Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus

Bonelli's Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus
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: 2008-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1D MkII N, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 7:38
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Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata) is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It breeds in southern Europe, Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across southern Asia to Indonesia. It is usually a resident breeder which lays 1-3 eggs in a tree or crag nest.

The Bonelli's Eagle is a species of wooded, often hilly, country with some open areas. The African race prefers savannah, forest edges, cultivation, and scrub, provided there are some large trees; this is not a species of very open or densely forested habitats.

This is a small to medium - sized eagle at 55-65cm in length. The upperparts are dark brown, and the underside is white with dark streaks. The wings are relatively short and rounded. The long tail is grey on top and white below and has a single broad black terminal band. The feet and eyes are yellow.

Immature birds have deep buff underparts and underwing coverts, and have fine barring on the tail without the terminal band.

The Bonelli's Eagle takes a wide range of live prey, all taken alive. It usually hunts from cover by a quick dash from inside a tree, but it will also catch prey by quartering hill slopes like other eagles, or make a stoop from a soaring position. Most prey is taken on the ground.

This eagle takes large prey items, usually mammals or birds. Mammals up to the size of a hare are regularly taken, and birds up to guineafowl size.

In flightThe Bonelli's Eagle is usually silent except in display and near the nest. Its fluted klu-kluklu-kluee call is less shrill than that of its near relatives.

from the Wikipedia.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-22 7:46]

Merhaba Yoram,
Çok etkileyici bir karenizle bugün sizinle komşu olduk. Gerçekten her yönüyle enfes bir yırtıcı aksiyonu olmuş. Işık , netlik ve tüm ayrıntılar enfes. Tebrikler.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-22 7:51]

Hello Yoram,
This is so amazing! How did you take this photo? For me this is one of the most impressive photos I've seen during the last time. The low POV and eye-contact are really perfect. Very high quality in all aspects. It goes right into my favorites.

This is a gorgeous photo Yoram. It is perfection!! The selective focus is right where it should be and the bokeh is so smooth. It is just lovely. A+

Evelynn : )

Hi Yoram
This is excellent picture of this bird of pray, great colours and sharpness, amazing eye-to-eye contact, very interesting POV. And interesting moment during feed captured. Congratulations on this one!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-22 8:42]

Hi Yoram,
Low POV, focus, sharpness, pose you captured, light, exposure handling and details are beautiful. Well done and TFS
All the best,

striking pic, as usual, tell us a little about this pic,
I trust it was not taken in Jerusalem... :) Ori

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-22 9:59]

Hello Yoram,
What a fantastic scene you have captured!
The pose is very dramatic, with your eagle standing on top of his prey's bloody carcass, feathers sticking out of his beak.
Great eye contact.
The colors are beautiful, and the details are super sharp.
TFS. : )

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  • babak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
  • [2008-11-22 10:09]

What a very nice shot my friend !!! well done very sharp with nice composition and BG and very nice scence

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-11-22 12:10]

Exelente trabalho a profundidade de campo muito critica de qualidade espetacular parabéns.

Hello Yoram,
Superb photo.
I agree it's perfection.
So, no comment. Just enjoying.
Congratulations on this work.

There are very few of those in France. All those as yours you were not shy enough were shot unfortunately.
Excellent pic. crisp clear. It stands out so well on the blur background.
Rare bird. Rare action.

Gorgeous photo

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