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Juvenile Black-chested Snake Eagle

Juvenile Black-chested Snake Eagle
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Copyright: Morne Landsberg (ABON) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 17] (104)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-15
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-12 6:59
Viewed: 3546
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw this eagle at the Kgalagadi between the red dunes.

The Black-chested Snake Eagle (Circaetus pectoralis) is a large African bird of prey of the Accipitridae family. It resembles other snake-eagles and was once believed to be conspecific with the Short-toed Snake Eagle and Beaudouin's Snake Eagle.

The main identification character of this bird is its dark brown head and chest, to which it owes its name. In flight the dark head contrasts with the underparts and underwings, which are white apart from dark barring on the flight feathers and tail. The upperparts are dark brown, and the eye is yellow.

The female is similar to, but larger than the male, and the juvenile is rufous.

The call is a whistled kwo kwo kwo kweeoo.

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Hello Morné,
What a fabulous image!...except for the plant growing from the eagle's back. However, it is easy to remove, so no points deducted there. A bonus point instead for the beautiful colours, illumination and clarity. Very well done indeed!!!

PS: Was the camera hand-held or did you use a bean bag and what was the distance? The file size suggests that you did not crop much so, at a focal lenght of 420mm, and even at 1/800th second, you must have a very steady hand without rigid support. Anyway, my curiosity does not make the technical details important for judging the photo.

What a beautiful shot!! Colours, definition, POV, DOF and detail are fantastic. Even when enlarged, there is no break-up. Even the top section of the beaks inside is clearly visible. Well done Morne!!
Carl (Your Pa, and proud of it!!)

Hello Morne,
Beautiful portrait of this eagle, lovely details sharpness, very well exposure, beautiful natural colours and very nice pleasing background, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-13 5:50]

Hello Morne,
very lovely capture of the eagle. Exciting sharpness and very well detailed view.
I like the slight glance that present a lovely pose.


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