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Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle  Aquila clanga
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: 2008-11-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1D MkII N, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-29 11:15
Viewed: 8670
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Identification 62-74 cm. Medium-sized, dark eagle. Adult dark brown with slightly paler flight feathers. Underwing-coverts generally darker than flight feathers. Bands of white spots across upperwing of juveniles. In gliding flight, often depresses "hands". Similar spp. Lesser Spotted Eagle A. pomarina is slightly smaller, narrower winged and less stocky. Plumage generally paler and most show contrast between paler underwing and upperwing-coverts and darker flight feathers. Confusion is also possible with adult Steppe Eagle
Ecology: It occurs in lowland forests near wetlands, nesting in tall trees. It feeds on unretrieved quarry, small mammals, waterbirds, frogs and snakes, hunting over swamps, wet meadows and, over extensively managed agricultural land.

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Hello Yoram

This is a fantastic portrait.
The sharpness and detail is excellent.
Wonderful focus.
The eye is impressive.
Excellent DOF,the OOF BG makes a fine back drop.


Hallo Yoram
What a wonderful shot. You have managed to capture this beautiful hawk in a lovely pose, displaying all the details so well. The splendour of the plumage is displayed with great clarity. A beautiful perspective, with sharp details and focus. Really an amazing portrait of this bird of prey. Thanks for sharing this majestic bird with us.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-30 7:43]

Hello Yoram,
You know, I'm a fan of your photos of birds of prey.
This is another excellent one. This portrait is very sharp with great details. The eye is amazing. Fantastic natural colours and a beautiful BG.

Great portrait for this Aquila, Yoram.

majestic, dash Ori

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