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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: 2013-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-09-01 4:54
Viewed: 2139
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Savanna Hawk, (Buteogallus meridionalis), is a large raptor found in open savanna and swamp edges. It was formerly placed in the genus Heterospizias. It breeds from Panama and Trinidad south to Bolivia, Uruguay and central Argentina.

The nest is of sticks lined with grass and built in a palm tree. The clutch is a single white egg, and the young take 6.5 to 7.5 weeks to fledging.

The Savanna Hawk is 46-61 cm in length and weighs 845 g. The adult has a rufous body with grey mottling above and fine black barring below. The flight feathers of the long broad wings are black, and the tail is banded black and white. The legs are yellow.

Immature birds are similar to the adults but have darker, duller upperparts, paler underparts with coarser barring, and a whitish supercilium. This species perches very horizontally, and its legs are strikingly long.

The Savanna Hawk feeds on small mammals, lizards, snakes, crabs and large insects. It usually sits on an open high perch from which it swoops on its prey, but will also hunt on foot, and several birds may gather at grass fires. The call is a loud scream keeeeru.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
War een stoere vogel is dit
mooie lange poten en prachtige veren en kleuren
goed van scherpte
gr lou

What a pose the Hawk has struck for you, Peter!
That perch seems to be an added bonus.
The bird looks alert and majestic.
Another priceless image from your Brazil outing.

Hello Peter,

Beautiful bird this Savanna Hawk. You were lucky to get such majestic pose. Like the way you have isolated it from BG. Just perfect BG. Very good sharpness too.
It seems bird was far and you had to crop a lot, so digital noises are evident on its plumage and glossy feathers looks dry.....
But, you know the exact situation of taking picture.....
Thanks for sharing such beautiful bird with informative NOTE,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-09-01 9:00]

Hello Peter,
This is a splendid capture of this impressive Savanna Hawk.
His pose here is terrific, carefully observing something.
The POV of your shots is excellent and present him from a great angle, the DOF is impeccable - blurring the BG nicely and therefore isolating your subject very well - and the colors and tones are lovely.The details are also very nice.
Regards Sigi

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2015-09-01 10:15]

Excellent shot.Thanks for sharing.
With best wishes,Mishe.

A top quality image Peter...It is all I can say.....Marius.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely hawk in superb pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-09-01 13:17]

Hi Peter,not easy to comment a perfection like that,fantastic quality and fantastic pose too,2 points are not enough today.ehehhe..very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
a truly spectacular shot of this iconic bird,all of the details in the plumage have been perfectly portrayed in a fine composition.
Best regards Les.

perfect portrait, greetings Ori

hello Peter
cette photo est superbe, la buse est très élégante sur son piquet de bois.
Belle attitude, regard bien saisi

Hello Peter
a fantastic shot !! perfect pose, great sharpness, all in this image is very beautiful
thanks for sharing and good night

Hello Peter,
Nice image of this Savanna Hawk with sharp details

Hello Peter

WOW ! what a great shot of this bird of prey with its expressive pose,
superbly focused, great sharpness, details, and contrast,
beautiful light and also background bokeh, TFS


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2015-09-04 11:17]

Hola Peter, hermosa foto de esta bella ave, luz, fondo, nitidez, enfoque, percha y fondo de lo mejor...saludos.

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