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Savanna Hawk

Savanna 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: 2013-09-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-09-04 3:18
Viewed: 2081
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Iíve got a few more nice photos of the Savanna Hawk.

More info from: www.oiseaux-birds.com:
The Savanna Hawk, buteogallus meridionalis, belongs to the accipitridae family. Length : 46-60 cm. Weight : 825-1070 g.

Savannah Hawk hunts from low perch in tree or any other place. It also swoops on prey while flying, and often walks on the ground, thanks to the long legs.
This species frequently follows grass fires, hunting for escaped animals. Very conspicuous in open country, the Savanna Hawk sometimes forms flocks of several dozens according to the food resources. It also may perform piracy from other birds. It is an opportunistic feeder.

When breeding season starts, we can see two or three hawks soaring and circling high in the air, while they utter their shrilling calls. They also bring nest materials during the flight displays.
When the Savanna Hawk is alarmed, it slightly erects the nape feathers, giving an almost crested appearance.

Savanna Hawk is resident in most part of the range, but some populations perform movements, according to the food resources and water levels.

Savanna Hawk has agile flight, as when hunting at moderate elevation, or when circling high in the sky during the flight displays. It has long broad wings allowing easy flight.

Breeding season varies according to the geographic range, but Savanna Hawk breeds during the wet season.
The nest is built with sticks in isolated tree, sometimes a thorny tree if available, or in mangroves. The platform is reused year after year.
The nest-site includes a hunting area which is defended against other birds of prey, and also a soaring range where both adults can fly over their territory.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-09-04 4:26]

Hi Peter,magnificent capture of this hawk,the pose is fantastic and the quality too,impressive sharpness and colors,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,

A very nice picture of this hawk which I had not seen before. Good focus shows it's plumage very well, nice catchlight in the eye. A difficult subject to mange with a light bg. Nice colours and poise.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Regards Bill

hallo Peter
mooie foto van deze indruk wekende vogel
mooie kleuren en super achtergrond steekt er lekker goed uit
gr lou

Hello Peter,

Excellent photograph of this Hawk. Beautiful light and well exposure. Very nice details too. Splendid work....
Thanks for sharing,

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

Hello Peter
great shot of this hawk with beautiful plumage and sharp look, the details on the bird are superb, excellent contrast with the white BG
Have a good night

Hello Peter

Excellent shot with the expressive glance and eye-contact, with superb
focus and sharpness, great details of the beautiful plumage, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-09-04 19:36]

Hello Peter,
A stunning shot of this beautiful hawk. The clarity is quite impressive while the colors and markings in it's plumage simply gorgeous. You have done a fine job of photographing this attractive Savannah Hawk in an attractive pose. TFS.

Een prachtopname Peter , plaatje is af.

Thanks for sharing.

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2015-09-05 9:38]

Pose,sharpness and colors are fantastic.
Thaks for sharing.
With best wishes,Mishe.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-09-05 10:00]

gorgeous raptor capture here Peter, .. like the pose and fine detail; .. TFS

nuri :-)

Hello Peter,
Another splendid image with a majestic bird....

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