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Bateleur eagle

Bateleur eagle
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikon 70/200 f2.8 VR + TCII 1.7x AF-s, Fuji Velvia 100F
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-14 11:20
Viewed: 4871
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bateleur eagle is the most famous of the snake eagles. Bateleur is French for "tightrope-walker". This name was probably chosen because of its distinctive aerial acrobatics. Its pitch black feathers with white under the wings, bright red face and legs and black beak are characteristic markings. Unlike most creatures, female Bateleur eagles are larger than males.

Bateleur eagles spend 8-9 hours each day in the air looking for food. Their diet includes antelope, mice, birds, snakes, and carrion .

The Bateleur eagle is found throughout Africa south of the Sahara. It prefers tree and brush savanna .

Bateleur eagles pair for life and stay in the same nest for several years. Unpaired adults can sometimes be seen near a nest site. This bird is not rejected by the mating pair and does not help with nesting.

A female will lay single egg in a nest that sits in a large tree that offers protection. Mother incubates the egg while father collects food and sticks for the nest. Sometimes, however, the father incubates. After an incubation period of 52-59 days, the baby Bateleur eagle hatches. 110 days later, the hatchling will leave the nest, but will continue to receive food from its parents for another 100 days. Only 2% of chicks make it to adulthood.

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excellent shot, andrea! :-)
i really like the pov & composition -
the combination of the colorful eagle and
the old tree is great.
do you have more shots of the tree?
well seen & captured, thor.

hi andrea,
i liked the colours of this eagle.Good POV and great compo with well-seen details.if this was a closer shot more details could be seen.the image can be cropped a bit more to highlight the subject.
thank you for sharing.

Hello Andrea,
Your photo expresses the proud and magnificent Eagle very well...They are a beautiful bird of prey.

Interesting bird in a very interesting picture, I liked your compo a lot.
I think that you should be gentle with sharpening, I can see the haloes around the subjects in the frame.

Hi Andrea,
Outstanding composition on this Bateleur Eagle. I have only observed them in captivity here. They are very impressive birds of prey. The light here was excellent. Great exposure with the superb colors and sharp detail.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-14 19:38]

Hi Andrea
You have an impressive portfolio giving evidence of your many travels.
This is a good composition using the very impressive tree to fill the frame. The colours are great and the DOF is fine. The BG with the blue-blue sky is excellent and the exposure was well managed.
Well done and TFS.
PS. I am still waiting for the day to find this guy here in the Hluhluwe Park at close quarters and photograph it. So far I've only seen it fly in the distance, but the day will come. In the mean time I will appreciate yours.

Hello, Andrea. A colourful and well composed pic with a fantastic POV. The blue sky seems quite electric, and brings the detail of the eagle and the tree into cynosure. TFS!

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-04-15 3:03]

Hello Andrea
A great capture, and the composition with the blue sky BG is really very good.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-04-15 4:11]

Privet Andrea.
The empty space around speaks about a free bird. It is possible to depart, but I still shall stand on this snag. Good work.

Good shot - a little too much sky maybe in the crop and a touch soft, but still a great post and well detailed note.

Hi Andrea
Never having seen this type of bird, it is nice you also include the information.
I like your contrast and rich sky colour.
Your compression is quite low however and that is what makes the jpg artifact around the head.
I think this photo is a good composition and could look super if a bit higher resolution and some of the little black dots cloned out.
Have a great weekend

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-15 11:18]

Hi Andrea,

This is one of my favourite eagles. Nice composition.


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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-05-18 11:32]


The BG is grat and makes for a good pic. I also like the Comp, POV and detail shown. TFS,

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