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Tawny Eagle


Tawny Eagle
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-16
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-16 11:22
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I was driving around in the KNP this afternoon when I came across this eagle and if I'm not mistaken it is an Tawny Eagle. If I'm wrong please help me with the identification as I'm trying to learn to know all the different birds.

Enjoy and comments are welcome.

The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae.
It was once considered to be closely related to the migratory Steppe Eagle, Aquila nipalensis, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific (of, or belonging to, the same species). They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy (Clark, 1992; Olson, 1994; Sangsteret al., 2002); molecular analysis indicates that these birds are not even each other's closest relatives.

Distribution / Range
It breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India.
Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats, such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah.

Description
This is a large eagle -- about 6272 cm in length and a wingspan of 165-185 cm. It weighs 1.6-2.4 kg. It has tawny upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. The lower back is very pale.
Similar Species: This species is smaller and paler than the Steppe Eagle, although it does not share that species' pale throat. Immature birds are less contrasted than adults, but both show a range of variation in plumage colouThe Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae.
It was once considered to be closely related to the migratory Steppe Eagle, Aquila nipalensis, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific (of, or belonging to, the same species). They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy (Clark, 1992; Olson, 1994; Sangsteret al., 2002); molecular analysis indicates that these birds are not even each other's closest relatives.


Breeding / Nesting
It is a resident breeder which lays 1-3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree, crag or on the ground.

Diet / Feeding
The Tawny Eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, reptiles and birds up to the size of guineafowl.
It will also steal food from other raptors.

Calls / Vocalizations
The call of the Tawny Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.

Source: Wikepedia

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-16 11:28]

Hello Natley,
You were lucky to get the opportunity to make such an impressive photo of this adult Tawny Eagle in very beautiful natural colours and great sharpness. Nice pose and a very good composition.
Regards,
Peter

Wonderful capture of this amazing bird Natley!Fantastic point of view, depth of field and fine warm colors! Impressive presentation indeed!
Regards,
George Veltchev

Fabulous image of the Tawney Eagle here Natley, What a lovely pictorial image of this fine Bird,
Great composition and sharpness, and a lovely composition, very well done Natley,
congratulations and have a lovely weekend,
Best Regards,

Pauly.

Hello Natley,
What I like at this shot are good details, excellent sharpness and natural colours. Also, the composition is beautiful. Weel done!
Regards,
Mircea

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-04-16 17:06]

Hi Natley
Your photo is very sharp and well composed. That was a great opportunity to encounter that species. Nice colors and good pose of the bird.
Nicely done
Serge

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2011-04-16 20:38]

Hi Nately , nice photo of this eagle , with good detail , color , and composition. I really like the blue sky and cloud for a background, TFS & regards
Art

Hellow Natley,
A magnificent capture with razor sharpness on the eagle.You have captured its intense stare.Well defined and intricate details and interesting tonal range on its feathers.Good timing with its head turned.
erwin...

Hi Natley,
very nice pose of this eagle.
Eagle is a main symbol of Poland.
Perfect point of view, sharpness and colours.
Thanks for sharing,
Maciek

Very nice photo! I am so jealous that you live right at the gate of Kruger National Park!

Hallo Natley
Great image of this beautiful Eagle perched on a branch high in the sky. You have captured the details of its gorgeous plumage beautifully. I also like the way it looks back, showing the details in its face for the viewer. I agree with Pauly that this image has a pictorial effect. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna

Hello Natley
What a beautiful portrait of this eagle I really like the composition the depth of field and great details and educative note. Well done and thanks for sharing!
Regards Hedesan

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