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Martial Eagle

Martial Eagle
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Copyright: Sheriff Wilbury (soccer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-27 23:01
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Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Setting out from Shigwedzi camp in the Kruger Park at 4:30am on my birthday, we decided to take the S50 road down to Mopanie camp. It is quite lengthy drive and quiet at times.

As we approached the Nshawu waterhole, we saw some elephants near the road. Looking up I saw another car taking photographs, not of the Elephants but something else. As we approached, we got to see a Martial Eagle with prey sitting on a tree stump quite close to the road. This sighting was by far my best photographic opportunity of a Martial Eagle to date. What a magnificent raptor and a great birthday present......

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-01-27 23:36]

Hi Sheriff
great day! and fabulous result, never succeeded in approaching an adult Martial that close, and even the sky is nice!

Hallo Sderiff,
a very good portrait of this superb bird of prey, amazing details on the plumage and splendid natural colours, excellent POV and vertical composition
Best regards

Hello Sheriff! Wonderful stuff my friend! Very impressive colors detail and composition!Well controlled exposition, superb point of view and astonishing clarity! Canon 20D still Rocks! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hi Sheriff,
good picture of this eagle. Fine details and nice composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-28 3:08]

Hi Sheriff,very impressive portrait! What a beautiful low point of view and what a fantastic light balance,the top quality of sharpness,colors and details.Impossible to make better.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-28 3:25]

Hi Sheriff,
Splendid photo of this Martial Eagle, interesting species, TFS!

Hello Sheriff
Impressive bird and impressive photo. The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Ciao Sheriff. Very good low POV for this magnificent bird in excellente sjharp and details againt the BG. Intrigant plaing of light.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-28 6:02]

Almost like a sculpture Sheriff!
A superb capture of the Martial Eagle taken in an excellent pose from a fine POV to show its features with great sharpness and natural colours in a composition that is perfect against a clear sky.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Fantastic detail and you caught the light just great.

Hello Sheriff,

an nice and sharp image with good pov and details.
Fine colors.
Nice meeting with bird of prey.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-28 7:47]

Hi Sherriff.
Majestic bird and superb picture. I am impressed with quality of reproduction of all features of the bird and its "stage". Simply terrific sharpness. Lights are also wonderful and underlines the beauty of the subject. Bravo.

Hi Sheriff,
An impressive photo of this magnificent eagle in a very good pose; perfect sharpness and fantastic colours. Best wishes, Pambos

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-28 8:56]

Hello Sheriff.
Excellent presentation.Good POV and very sharp image with excellent details from the plumage.I like the pose of your Martial Eagle and the composition of this image.Best regards Siggi

Hi Sheriff,
Very well seen and well captured. Great detail against a pleasant background and good composition.

Hello Sheriff,
Indeed a very nice birthday gift for you, what a majestic bird, I see it has a prey, hence sitting on it for long time.TFS.

hello Sheriff
very good sharpness pose with super details
and beautiful naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-01-29 9:54]

Very well focused image, impressive sharpness, natural colors and well chosen composition.

Hello Sheriff,
Splendid capture with razor sharp details and fantastic colors.
Outstanding contrast, focus and clarity.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-29 12:07]

Hello Sheriff,
One of the best photos I ever saw of one of my favorite African birds. It is fantastic in all aspects. Splendid natural colours with a well controled white balance. Excellent sharpness, details and an amazing impressive pose. I like it very much!

Hello Sheriff,
An excellent capture of this magnificent eagle in a lovely pose with the pray in his claws. Great sharp details, colours and eye contact. Well done!

A truly regal Raptor, Sheriff.
It seems to survey the world around it with pride and confidence and the prey at its feet intensifies the impression of its being the master of its own universe.
The image is a masterpiece in technical terms too.
Thanks and regards.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2011-02-02 12:29]

Hello Sheriff,

First of all I wish you a great birthday!!! And I agree with you, this Martial Eagle gave you a great gift for this special day. Excellent POV and great management of the exposition. You did also very well with the composition. What a great look! A very "martial" look :-)



Ciao Sheriff, superb eagle in fantastic pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2011-02-02 20:17]

Hello Sheriff !
Wow, this is really an impressive bird ! I love his majestic pose and his golden eye, you have captured him brilliantly, with excellent sharpness and details. It is indeed a wonderful birthday gift, to have the possibility to take pictures of such a splendid animal... Very well done !

hello Sheriff, a great capture, this scene, the clarity and the color approach is very good!
TFS Nasos

Hi Sheriff,
Beautiful colours and composition with excellent detail. Well done.TFS

Hello Sheriff,

A good pose from this majestic fellow!
The bird is well framed, and with impressive details in the plumage...
A pleasant composition with great colours!

Pablo -

Hi Sheriff

I was also lucky enough to get a shot of the martial eagle when I was in Kruger. Indeed they are a majestic raptor.
Great capture, excellent sharpness and composition.


Hi Sheriff,
WOW, This Eagle is Fantastic!
Impressive sharpness and good composition.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Sheriff,
Great captured of this impressive bird, very nice details sharpness, well exposure and nice colours contrast against the background,
Thanks for sharing and have a goodnight,
Best Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-08 4:28]

Hello Sheriff,
An impressive apparition this Martial eagle. The light-conditions weren't the best, but you did an excellent job. Nice to live close to a marvellous Parc and to have so interesting opportunities for taking pictures.
Kind regards

Sheriff, this is a beautiful shot of the eagle. It shows great sharpness and detail. Outstanding job, Bill

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