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Black-collared hawk

Black-collared hawk
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-13 5:57
Viewed: 2249
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis) is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is monotypic within the genus Busarellus. It is found in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and swamps.

The adult Black-collared Hawk has a more or less white head, tinged with buff, and with black shaft streaks on the crown. The body, above and below, and the mantle are bright cinnamon-rufous, paler on the chest. There is a black crescent on the upper breast. The back has scattered black shaft stripes; the flight and tail feathers are black with the base of the tail barred with rufous. The eyes are bright reddish brown, the cere and bill black, and the legs bluish white. Immatures are similar, but blotched with black, including on the crown, and the rufous barring on the tail is more extensive. The pale area on the chest is also more clearly marked. The upper surface of the wings is barred, and the eyes are brown.

The nest is usually placed in a large tree, frequently near water, but sometimes in shade trees in coffee plantations or suburban areas. The nest is lined with green leaves. The female lays three to five eggs, dull white, spotted with pale yellow-brown or red-brown and a few darker freckles. There is no further information on its reproduction.

The Black-collared Hawk lives on a diet mainly composed of fish. It also eats water bugs and occasionally lizards, snails and rodents.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Beautiful Picture of this "Black-collared Hawk". I like the way you have managed such beautiful BG. Good details and colour, as well as nice frame. Good work.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice WE,

A graceful Hawk perched atop a stump, Peter.
Fabulous frontal POV.
A notice a bit of OE on the head, but that's nit picking.
Another grand image from your tour abroad.

hallo Peter
Super shot van deze roofvogel
mooi, zo als hij op die paal zit lekker rustig
dus goed voor lou om hem op de foto te nemen
mooie kleuren en goed van scherpte
bedankt gr lou

Ciao Peter, great capture of beautiful rapax in superb pose, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

This is a lovely presentation.
Love your notes.
Was it "posing" just for you on that stump?
Best regards,
P.S. I may start posting today; have not been well. Have been with a slight fever for 6 days now; am coming around.

Hi Peter,
Beautifully posing hawk. I like the eye contact, sharpness and the well blurred background also. The head became slightly overexposed, but it isn't so disturbing. Great photo overall, congratulations!
Best regards, László

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-09-14 3:54]

Hi Peter,

Excellent portrait of the rapace, very nice pose(like a model).
The texture of the plumage and his colors are very good, Great job.
I like very much the rapaces, TFS.
My Best regards.
John vantighem

Hello Peter,
It is a very nice capture in my opinion. Great composition taken from a perfect POV, with amazing clarity and colors. I like this amazing bird of prey.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Gracias por hacerme conocer una especie que habita en mi país y sinceramente nunca la había visto antes.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-09-15 10:23]
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Hi Peter,
Nice portrait of a beautiful bird of prey.
Regards Jiri.

Good vertical for the great pose of the hawk. Good colours and details despite the difficult light.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-24 14:11]

Hi Peter,absolutely great the pose of this hawk,it seems a natural statue.Perfect capture,you caught in the best way this nice opportunity,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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