CRESTED HAWK EAGLE
|Copyright: Navnith Krishnan (navnith)
|Date Taken: 2015-04-11|
|Camera: Nikon D90, NIKKOR AF 300 mm f/1:4ED|
|Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2500 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2015-11-26 2:10|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|CHANGEABLE HAWK EAGLE or CRESTED HAWK EAGLE with Bush Quail. |
The changeable hawk-eagle or crested hawk-eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus) is a bird of prey species of the family Accipitridae. It was formerly placed in the genus Spizaetus, but studies pointed to the group being paraphyletic resulting in the Old World members being placed in Nisaetus (Hodgson, 1836) and separated from the New World species.
Changeable hawk-eagles breed in the Indian subcontinent, mainly in India and Sri Lanka, and from the southeast rim of the Himalaya across Southeast Asia to Indonesia and the Philippines. This is a bird occurring singly (outside mating season) in open woodland, although island forms prefer a higher tree density. It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays a single egg.
The changeable hawk-eagle is a medium-large raptor at about 60–72 centimetres (24–28 in) in length with a 127–138 centimetres (50–54 in) wingspan, and a weight ranging from 1.2 to 1.9 kg. It is a relatively slender forest eagle with some subspecies (especially N. c. limnaetus) being dimorphic giving the name "changeable". This and their complicated phylogeny further complicate precise identification.
Normally brown above, they have white below with barring on the undersides of the flight feathers and tail; black longitudinal streaks occur on the throat and chocolate streaks occur on the breast. Some subspecies have a crest of four feathers, but this is all but absent in others. The sexes are quite similar in their plumage, but males are about 15% smaller than females. The underparts and head of juveniles are whitish or buff with few dark streaks.
The wings are long and parallel-sided, and are held flat in flight, which helps to distinguish this species from the similar mountain hawk-eagle. In overhead flight, comparatively rounded wings (upturned at tip), longish tail, white body (spotted with brown) and grey underside of wings (streaked and spotted) are leading pointers.
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Hello Navnith Krishnan,
Beautiful photograph of this majestic Hawk Eagle. I like the way you managed BG light as well as good details on its plumage. I like its natural habitat too.
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,
- [2015-11-26 6:40]
A wonderful shot of this impressive looking Hawk Eagle. I like the little hair tuff it wears as well as it's beautifully marked plumage. Nice detail and good exposure considering you had such a lightly colored sky for a BG. TFS.
- [2015-11-26 7:42]
Wow, it's very special that you had the opportunity to photograph this majestic Crested Hawk Eagle in its natural habitat. And only with your 300 mm lens. Great!
Good sharpness and natural colours. I'm jealous.
- [2015-11-26 9:41]
Grate NATURAL picture of this Eagle!!
Congratulation and thank you for sharing it.
- [2015-11-30 4:33]
Fine capture of this Fish Eagle mike.You acheived very good detail from this excellent POV.Fine pose and composition too.
- [2015-11-30 18:54]
This bird is really impressive.
Interesting crest and plumage.
Sharpness and exposure are good.
- [2015-12-02 12:19]
Hi Navnith,spectacular capture of this hawk eagle,the pose is fantastic and the quality of pic too despite the very difficult backlight,impressive sharpness too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Hi, Navnith. This is a beautiful Portrait of the crested Hawk Eagle sitting majestically in its habitat. Excellent exposure with emphasis on the subject which is so sharp. The composition with the diagonal main branch of the tree, the head of the Hawk in the Golden triangle and the clear sky. This is the best picture of this bird I have seen so far and thanks for the informative note. Thanks for sharing.
Boa tarde Navnith Krishnan,
I was amazed at the quality of this picture.
For me it is one of the best pictures of the year 2015.