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I am hungrey

I am hungrey
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 75-300
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-18 11:00
Viewed: 3506
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Early in the morning, the sun is rising and there it was in the high grass.
According to me it is an young 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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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-18 11:26]

Hi viv,

An excellent capture very sharp and detailed,with nice satured colors,well captured,best regards,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-18 12:50]

Hello Vivian,
I like this very much, the ruffled feathers and the beautiful colours. Nice focus on the head too! Well done!
TFS, Ulla

Bonjour Vivian
Très belle prise de vue avec ce superbe portrait de ce bel aigle,les couleurs , l'éclairage, les détails et la composition sont parfaits est très joli.
superbe cette composition.
Bravo et merci....JP

Hallo Vivian,

Prachtig in het wild
goed scherp goede details mooie wazige voor en achtergrond en Perfect van kleur.

gr Thijs

Hello Vivian!
First of all, thanks for your kind comment on my recent picture.

This is an amazingly vivid shot. I like the dominant colour in this picture -- the light brown of the autumn as manifest in the dried grasses on the ground. The colour of the bird matches extremely well with this BG.
I figure you are a meticulous photo artist; a fleeting glance through your portfolio gave me that impression.
Thanks and take care.

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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2006-10-19 9:02]

Hi Vivian,

I believe you are correct with the identification. Interesting composition and posture of the bird.


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