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Buzz off, I'm recovering

Buzz off, I'm recovering
Photo Information
Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony PDX10
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-18 11:33
Viewed: 5975
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Forest Buzzard ( Bergjakkalsvoel) Buteo oreophilus

Size +/- 45cm

Watch for the bare legs when identifying these guys ( all buzzards in fact )

They are often mistaken for eagles because of their general shape and large size. Some are even larger than small eagles.
Buzzards frequently indulge in soaring flight, using warm rising air columns to keep aloft, as do vultures and eagles, but their flights are usually of short duration.
The rest of the buzzards day is spent on a perch from where it still-hunts.
Buzzards prey on rodents, reptiles and small birds.
When flying, its call “ kieee-hehehe “ can be heard in a high pitch.

Shooting Details.

Taken at the Polokwane Birdpark. This bird has a broken wing and was in rehabilitation at the time. Fortunately, she has recovered completely and has now been released back into the wild.

Original Photo 1152 x 864
Cropped and resized for web
Camera - Sony DSR-PDX10P
No Flash
Tripod Yes
F/Length 43mm
F Number F/3.4
Exposure Time 1/50sec

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-01-18 11:40]
  • [2]

Cute! Looks deep in thought. I think it is good to have the eyes express something as you have captured here.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-01-18 12:10]

This is EXCELLENT one of your best shots yet, your focus, POV and DOF is that of a profesional, well done Willie!

Bonne photo. J'aime bien tout les détails. La couleur de son plumage est très bien. Félicitations et bonne journée .

Very well done Willie. Nice close-up with lots of details and good eye reflections. TFS.

Very good portrait Willie.
Good details, POV and colours.
Very well done.

Nice shot Willie, every thing is nice, and subject big and beautiful, how I like. But I wont forgive you this time, you should have cloned out the jail in the BG :DDD
Thanks very much for posting.

Pragtig, sielvolle oë
I love this, and yes, the tjoekie must go to really make this sing.
I tried today, many times to reach you, no ansewr, not enheaged!

Great shot, excellent colours, composition and point of view.
I am not sure about the sharpness, but it still nice!

Nice shot Willie
Well done

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-18 14:40]

Hey, Willie, a very nice portrait of the sad looking buzzard. I think he wants to be free.
Well done on the details and composition.


Great portrait of this buzzard Willie. Wonderful details and colours, excellent composition - really a great capture.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-19 4:44]

Not much to say - sharp beaks and reflections in beautiful bird's eye always work! Same this time - great portrait Willie!

Willie, Great details seen in your Buzzard profile shot. Good POV with an informative note..Glad to hear this one made it back ok..TFS!

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

Good shot, I just don't like the BG.
Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-19 13:58]

Very nice one Willie,
Very good composing shot with a nice balance in it, very fine details, good colours a good pof and a nice dof, well Willie and the note is very well to, very good job.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-19 18:16]

Willie, another amazing shot coming from you. How nice this one is. Sharpness, DOF and POV, just perfect.

Once more, congratulations.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-19 21:05]

I can see you and your camera in his eyes Willie. Good shot of his feathers and his expression. Well done.

What a great photo. I love it! Just wonderful.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-20 17:55]

Your Forest Buzzard is very similar to the one I posted earlier, Willie.
A very good post: picture and note.

I have never seen one of these before. Nice to see it up close. I am glad she is back in the wild. Nice shot Willie.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-01-21 18:17]

Beautiful capture Willie!
Good colors, details and reflection in his eye.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-23 1:48]

This is a beautiful portrait Willie and I'm sure that I can see a reflection of you in the eye.

The composition is good and thanks for bringing me this speciment that I have not seen from closeby before.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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