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Copyright: Sheriff Wilbury (soccer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, 50-60 points (chapter 5), Birds of South Africa 1, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-27 12:09
Viewed: 5274
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 102
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Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)

While staying at Lower Sabie in the Kruger National Park, I was out early one morning. It was fairly quiet on our drive to Crocodile Bridge. When I finally decided to turn off the Main Road and scan the grass for Cheetah that had been seen in the area over the previous 3 days, when I came across this Bateleur on a very clear and bright morning....

Some information on the Bateleur:-

MEASUREMENTS: The Bateleur is 24 inches long, has a wingspan of 5 1/2 - 6 feet, and weighs 4 - 6 1/2 pounds. Bateleurs have very short tails and long wings.

HABITAT: Bateleurs inhabit open woodlands and tree savannas of Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

DIET: The Bateleur will eat a variety of reptiles, mammals, and small birds, but the bulk of the Bateleur’s diet is carrion. They hunt using low sweeping flights about 150 feet off the ground, then spiral down onto their prey.

REPRODUCTION: Bateleurs build large stick nests in trees or on top of nests built by other birds. The female lays 1 egg that is incubated for 52 - 59 days. The young bird fledges in 3 - 4 months, but may spend up to 4 more months with the parents. Bateleurs develop their adult plumage at about 5 - 6 years of age.

NAME DERIVATION: The scientific name comes from either the Greek word teras, meaning a meteor, or teratos, which is a marvel; opos is Greek for appearance; and the Latin word ecaudatus means to lack a tail and refers to the bird’s short tail. The common name comes from the French word bateleur and means acrobat or tightrope-walker. This word appropriately describes the spectacular aerial displays of this bird. It is also known as a Bateleur Eagle.

The Bateleur’s feet and facial color can vary from a pale color to brilliant red depending on the mood of the bird.

Most juvenile eagles have longer tail and wing feathers than their parents. When the young Bateleur is first learning to fly, it needs the longer feathers for added lift and stability. Each year the feathers that grow in are shorter, until the bird reaches maturity, when it has the normal shorter wing and tail feathers of an adult.

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-06-27 12:13]

You continue to treat us with your amazing pictures. Again you were able to create a master piece with good composition and exposure. Well done!

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-06-27 12:29]

wonderful shot of this amazing and colorful bird of prey, sheriff! :-)
excellent composition with the old branch and superb colors,
combined with a great note.
well seen & captured, thor.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-06-27 12:57]

Hi Sheriff ! Fantastic shot of a wonderful bird ! I love the contrast between blac and red colors on the eagle. Splendid details, colorsand composition. The sky makes a wonderful bue BG, and this old twisted branch is very beautiful. Very well done !

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-06-27 13:21]

Very beautiful image, Sheriff! An outstanding blend on detail, colors, POV and lighting. I also like the note a lot. Really thanks for sharing and a big Bravo

Hi, Sheriff.
Very nice shot. Excellent exposure. Well composed. Nice colors. Beauttiful and interesting bird.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-27 13:57]

Hi Sheriff,
Wonderful and neat capture of this lovely bird. Composition, pose and details are great!
TFS,José M.

Hi Sheriff,
Amazing photo,
Excellent composition, colors and details.
Well done and good job!
TFS Malgosia

What a beautiful bateleur Sheriff.
Superb composition, colors and details.
Great POV and BG.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-06-27 14:33]

Hi Sheriff,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition. Excellent lighting.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-27 15:15]

Hi Sheriff,
A beautiful shot of this Bataleur, excellent detail and nicely isolated against the blue sky. Great colours and exposure, a superb capture.

Great exposure and colour! It is always remarkable to spot a Bateleur other than in flight. Thank you for the informative note. Well done, GZA.


Une excellente photo avec une belle présentation ,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées. Félicitations pour la belle composition et très joli ciel bleu comme back ground
Merci et bravo...JP

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-27 20:04]

Bonjour Sheriff!

Félicitations pour cette belle capture.Les couleurs et la netteté sont parfaits.


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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-06-27 20:39]

Mille mercis, Sheriff, pour cette superbe photo d'un oiseau totalement inconnu en Amérique du Nord.
Magnifiques couleurs impressionnantes, très beau contraste dans ce ciel bleu. Une photo très réussie à tout point de vue. Sincères félicitations.

(Un Bateleur, en français, est une personne qui fait des tours d'acrobatie, jongleur, sur la place publique.)


I guess it's in an angry mood based on the red face, LOL! Great capture against the blue sky, I love the colors in the face. Perfect DOF and compo, well seen!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-27 21:56]

Hi Sheriff, you show us a big and pretty bird here. I love his pose there on the branch, making him look quite solid. Good composition and details, thank you,

It's good to see a wild one! Colours and lighting are good, though from a technical point of view the image is just slightly over sharpened, hence the slight halo along the birds back.

Hello Sheriff,

I've enjoyed the notes. Some intersting bird to watch. Love the contrast you've portray with the colours ... Great detail of the Bateleur and the old branch .... It gives some character to this master piece .....
Well done .... Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment on TN .... Zaan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-06-28 8:01]

Hi Sheriff.
An excellent shot of a bird as usual. Great saturated colours, contrast, details and composition. Perfect DOF and POV. Very impressive picture.
Regards, Alexei.

Very nice Sheriff,
I like the Comp. and POV, nice pose as well.
Great sharpness, and your exposure has revealed great detail in the birds black plumage.
Excellent color, lovely BG.
Very well done.

Hi Sheriff, here's my fovourite african bird of prey! It can't be more beautifull!
Great compo with good colors and details, nice light on the eye.
(I did a quick WS.)

Hi Sheriff!
This shots'composition and color are excellent. I assumed myself watching a stage which from on a cowboy film!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-28 16:51]

Hi Sheriff, great shot. I love this eagle and nice to see one in the wild. Lovely composition and very good light. Well done.

Hi Sheriff,
WOW! I think this is excellent! Beautiful saturated colors and tack sharp detail. I love the composition and clear blue sky backround. I might be tempted to clone out the piece of branch along the bottom of the frame as it pulls your eyes away from the center. Great camera work here.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-29 2:44]

Hi Sheriff,
Excellent capture of Bateleur.
His red face details are impressive.
Excellent pov,dof,focus,sharpness,note,framing and colors.TFS

Nice one ! Very nice shot. Excellent exposure. Well composed. Nice colors. Beauttiful and interesting bird.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-29 6:13]

Hi Sheriff
Great shot. Looks like he is pose for you. Great sharpnes, colours, details, light, DOF and POV. Also good note and BG.
Well done Sheriff


Sheriff, again another stunningly beautiful snapshot. Wonderfully coloured bird obviously adds to its appeal.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-29 10:11]

Hello Sheriff,

Excellent picture of this colorful Bateleur! You managed the exposition very well for we can well see the different tones of black of his feathers. You got a great pov and did an excellent composition by letting room to the right of the bird (maybe a little bit too much (1/4 inch) in order to remove what is not a branch). Great position of the bird. TFS!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-29 12:44]

Superbe ! J'aime beaucoup cette magnifique composition. L'oiseau contraste bien sur le beau ciel. La forme de la branche tortueuse est un plus.
Well seen and well done. Congratulations Sheriff and TFS.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-06-30 3:09]

Good shot of bateleur. They are not so easy to photograph.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-30 10:09]

Hello Sheriff,
Excellent composition with a great POV. The sharpness and the colors are outstanding.

Brilliant shot!
Such a hardcore bird on that hardcore(hardekool) tree just makes this foto so full of African flavours...

Hi Sheriff,

What a nice shot. Superb colours and ambiance.
As you told me, according to the facial colours the eagle on your picture is older than the one on mine. There's a big difference.
Thanks for sharing.


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-15 10:48]

Hi Sheriff,
unusual bird, very nice portrait. I like the colours and sharpness. Good work.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Sheriff, great shot wonderful focus and detail!!!

Very beautiful shot. The colours, POV and sharpness are excellent.

Very well done.

Aaargghh.. This makes me jealous. Great shot of a critter I would love to get in my sights. Very well done.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-25 5:43]
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Hi Sheriff

Wow, what a bonus you scored with this one. As it is they are normally scarce and to get one this close with the early morning light and the clear blue sky playing along is just fantastic. It went straight to my favourites. I shot a couple of these in the Kruger as well, but nothing as spectacular as this.

I really like the composition and POV with the branch reaching into the frame to deliver its precious gift. Maybe you just should have considered loosing that small piece of tree at the bottom though, but it is no big deal. The colours are really great – well saturated and stunning. The details are well defined and it shows the lovely design of this majestic eagle most effectively. And of course who would argue that the exposure was anything less than perfect.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-03 6:20]

Hello Sheriff,
I chose this one from your gallery because I like the pose and POV of this Bataleur Eagle. The composition on the old tree against a blue, the sharpness, as well as the lighting are also excellent.
Thanks for sharing this delight,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-05 4:07]

Hello Sheriff, perfectly shot picture! Sharp, clear, well composed and the exposure is spot on,very well done all over, thanks!


Once again, a great shot. I would improve it by cropping out the piece of branch sticking out at the bottom of the picture?

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-11 16:13]

Good shot. You handled the difficult contrast situation very well. Gary

I don't know how I missed your wonderful pics, greetigns Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-18 23:57]

Hello Sheriff!
Excellent capture.Details on black feathers,POV,catchlight in eyes,proud expression on face and composition are wonderful.
Regards Siggi

great colors and sharpness, I would crop or clone out the tip of the branch that is just peaking up from the bottom and the green spot on the right side above the branch that the bird is sitting on

Hi Sheriff,
Very interesting shot of this cute bird.TFS.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-10 17:05]

Hello Sherrif,
another excotic shot of your bird photography.
superbs clarity and excellent sharpness is the most impressive. giving real impact to the photo with nice texture of the branch and the soft blue sky as a wonderful background.
Brilliant piece of skilled work.


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  • bemawu (38)
  • [2008-10-16 6:35]

Well done! Very nice crisp and clear shot of this amazing bird.

Hallo Sheriff
There is just no argument about this image, it is stunning. The bird is magnificent and you have captured it in a great pose and angle. What a beauty. A super sharp, well focused and excellently composed image. It makes me jealous looking at this great image and I envy you for being able to capture such a great shot of such a beautiful bird. The colours of this bird of prey is fabulous and stands out well against the blue sky. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Impressive photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.

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