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Birds of Kruger III

Birds of Kruger III
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A900, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, bean bag
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-26 6:25
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Points: 18
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Hi All,

Here another capture from the Krugerpark,I am not sure abt the identity of this predator but I think it might be an African Goshawk,but I hope someone on TN can confirm this,the picture has been taken against a bright white cloudy BG,hope you like it and thanks for your time.

Corrected ID,thanks to nigel (Merlin)

Juvenile Dark Chanting Goshawk,Melierax metabates

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hi Paul
Cette prise de vue est formidable,La présentation et la netteté les couleurs,tout est parfait.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-26 7:50]

Hello Paul
Wonderful closeup of this raptor...thanks for sharing

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-01-26 8:58]

Hello Paul,

Splendid of colour and light.
Nice detailed feather, good moment for take, we see both eye.
Well done, TFS.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-26 9:10]

Hello Paul,
First time I see this species but such uncommon photo with exactly white BG. It remind illustration from a book. Perfect sharpness and colours.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-26 10:52]

Hallo Paul,
Voor mij al weer een voltreffer, deze foto. I think you're right, an African Goshawk, adult male. Zelden dat je een roofvogel treft die bereid is zo recht in de camera te kijken. Jammer van de witte achtergrond want de rest van de foto is super, maar daar kun je natuurlijk niets aan doen.
De roofvogel en de stronk zijn prachtig.

Whatever the identidy of this raptor, it sure is a majestic bird Paul, and your low angle frontal capture in perfect focus and exposure reveal its salient characteristics rather well. TFS indeed my friend!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-27 7:14]

Excellent portrait of this Bird (half Buteo, half Accipiter?)great sharpness, colors and details! TFS!

Hi, Paul
This is a juvenile Dark Chanting Goshawk Melierax metabates. A Kruger classic species! A shame about the white background, but a nicely detailed shot of this bird in a very relaxed, natural pose.
Regards, Nigel.

Hi Paul,
You might think identifying birds of prey is a piece of cake. Unfortunately the opposite is true.
Photography wise the focus and depth of field are accurately done. I wonder whether you overexposed somewhat here to adjust the camera light metering.
I'll try to remember this is a juvenile Dark Chanting Goshawk. And it's well captured.

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