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A difficult customer

A difficult customer
Photo Information
Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 800, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-11 15:13
Viewed: 6374
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tawny Eagle ?
Aquila rapax ?

This eagle is very hard to ID for me. I would need some other birders to have a look at it and help me with the ID.

Other species I have considered was:

1) Steppe Eagle - Aquila nipalensis, but they are only found in the northen most regions of our country.

2) Booted Eagle - Aquila pannatus, mainly because of white undercoat.

I have posted a workshop of the whole bird to help with the ID.

It is a beautifull creature, but it's wing was broken and therefore taken to the rehab centre were I frequent. There is a good chance for recovery and hopefully it will be back in the wild in 2-3 months time. I hope he makes it.

Technical data
Time of day: 02:26 PM
Weather conditions: Slightly overcast
Focal length: 400mm
Flash: Canon Speedlight 550, Patterned
Tripod: Silk Monopod
Camera mode: Aperture priority
Photoshop CS: Cropped, USM (40,3,1), Saturation +10.

christophe, NitzanCK, willie, Luc, Fisher, Signal-Womb, pompey, marhowie, carper, red45, deud, radz, mumek has marked this note useful
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Hi Gerhard I think that your bird is a royal eagle, Very great shot
In a friendly way Christophe

Hi Gerhard
Can't help you with th ID.
Great sharpness, good details and nice pose.
Very good work.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-11 16:35]

Excelent detail around the eye and beak. Well done on the composition.


I like eagls and I don't know in Engles (Roofvogels) I like that kind of birds.
But I never see them in Holland where I life.
This one is very good.
Good shot well done

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-11 16:42]

Can't help for the ID. No such eagle in my Field Guide to the Birds: North America. More similar: Golden Eagle.
A great shot with a lot of details.
It is good to have difficult custommer from time to time.
Thanks Gerhard!

Fantastic closeup up of this magnificent bird Gerhard. Well done.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-01-11 17:27]

Great shot Gerhard, brilliant colours and clarity. Great background and note. I also thought Royal Eagle (aka golden eagle), But agree with Willie now, definately a Tawny.
Well done!

Fantastik shot Gerhard, sharpness is superb and that yellow/blue beak is a great contrast to the color of the rest of the bird, the eyes are just piercing as if they can look right through you. I hope he makes it back to the wild again, that's where they belong. Perhaps one day I'll have such beautiful material to offer on this site.

Wonderful close-work Gerhard. No nits. I had my first opportunity to photograph a wild hawk here in Texas over the weekend. It landed at approx. 30 feet from me but as soon as I aquired it in my lens it was gone. You know, that "empty frame" syndrome is a killer! ;-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-11 21:49]
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Gerhard, another amazing shot of yours. How far were you from the bird?

Everything here seems perfect to me: POV, DOF, sharpness and composition.



That pic is a real gem Gerhard. You got even the spark in the eye. Very well done: composition, DOF, BG and sharpness. A favorite.

Good clear sharp detail around that beak...I love the little feathers and detail leading to the eye.

Wauw Gerhardt,
Fantastic capture, what a sharpness, fantastic, the details are super, the pof is great and the dof is also good, great colours, fantastic job

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Great shot, straight in my favotites.
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-12 4:40]

Sharp guy :-) Proud and beautiful. Great capture Gerhard!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-01-12 6:28]

bird is great and his portrait also. i like the colours.

Hi Gerhard,
It is a tawny eagle. I have no doubt. 10 out of 10

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-12 9:05]

Amazing portrait of eagle.!!!Great eye contact.

Great mug shot of this birdie, whatever the species ;-))
Tack sharp, great DOF, colours and light, nicely oof bg.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-12 14:29]

Daar sit ek hom nou net vir jou in 40!
Pragtig, hoekom het jy my nie gevra vir die ID nie - ek kon hom op die thumbnail herken.
This is beautiful no nits, love the mugshot!
Tawny, Not Steppe - look at the gape, to the middle of the eye, he Steppe goes to the back of the eye.
Booted is smaller.

Super photo! I decided put him as a desktop at my computer! His eyes and his face are very helpul. I will talk to him about all my problems and behind his seeing maybe I will unriddle my problems faster and more definitely :-) Thank You!
Sorry, but points tomorow

an amazing portrait.. well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-14 14:05]

WOW Gerhard, the sharpness here is stunning and I love the detail in the eye. The composition of this portrait is great - you know how I like portraits.

Great job and thanks for posting

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-14 23:13]

A very regal eagle,(it rhymes too). What a beautiful portrait. So superb and clear. Great details. TFS.

I missed that one, Gerhard! Not too late to add it to my favorites. Incredible presence. Perfect up to the smallest detail. What a portrait!

A superb pose, Gerhard and very sharp.
And not only the picture:-))

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-01-15 8:51]

Super.Excellent.Let me add this shot to my favorities.

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