|Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb)
|Date Taken: 2003-07-08|
|Camera: Canon Powerhow A550|
|Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-09-30 5:23|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]|
|Although he lives in captivity now and then he gets to fly in a show, so he can feel the wind under his wings and feel the freedom.|
Picture was taken in the Wildpark Schloss Tambach by Coburg in Germany.
The Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) is a large bird of prey. It is about 62-74 cm in length and has a wingspan of 165-190cm. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae.
The Steppe Eagle breeds from Romania east through the south Russian and Central Asian steppes to Mongolia. The European and Central Asian birds winter in Africa, and the eastern birds in India. It lays 1-3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree.
Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats, such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah.
This is a large eagle with brown upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. This species is larger and darker than the Tawny Eagle, and it has a pale throat which is lacking in that species.
Immature birds are less contrasted than adults, but both show a range of variation in plumage colour.
The Steppe Eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill rodents and other small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, and birds up to the size of partridges. It will also steal food from other raptors.
The call of the Steppe Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.
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très beau cet aigle, les couleurs sont belles et nettes
Great shot.Sharpness, lights and colours are exellent..Well composed.
Regards and have a nice weekend.
Very nice shot,beautiful colors,
Ha Paula en Rene,
goed compositie en timing.
scherpte,kleuren,POV zijn OK
good work. you give him a sense of power and force.