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Oriental Honey Buzzard - female

Oriental Honey Buzzard - female
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-02 10:23
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Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Oriental Honey Buzzard, Pernis ptilorhynchus, is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, eagles and harriers. This species is also known as Oriental Honey-buzzard and Crested Honey Buzzard.

Female at Bharatpur

In Kolkata
Despite its name, this species is not related to Buteo buzzards, and is taxonomically closer to the kites.[citation needed] It appears long-necked with a small head, and soars on flat wings. The head lacks a strong supraciliary ridge giving it a very un-raptor-like facial appearance. It has a long tail and a short head crest. It is brown above, but not as dark as Honey Buzzard, and paler below. There is a dark throat stripe. Unusually for a large bird of prey, the sexes can be distinguished. The male has a blue-grey head, while the female's head is brown. She is slightly larger and darker than the male. The male has a black tail with a white band, whilst the female resembles female Honey Buzzard.
It breeds in Asia from central Siberia east to Japan. It is a summer migrant to Siberia, wintering in tropical south east Asia. Elsewhere it is more-or-less resident. It is a specialist feeder, living mainly on the larvae and nests of wasps, although it will take other small insect prey such as cicadas.[2]

The Oriental Honey Buzzard breeds in woodland, and is inconspicuous except in the spring, when the mating display includes wing-clapping. The display of roller-coasting in flight and fluttering wings at the peak of the ascent are characteristic of the genus Pernis.

It is larger and longer winged than its western counterpart, Honey Buzzard, Pernis apivorus.

It has been suggested that the similarity in plumage between juvenile Oriental Honey Buzzard and the Spizaetus hawk-eagles has arisen as a partial protection against predation by larger raptors. The eagles have stronger bills and talons, and are likely to be less vulnerable than the Pernis species.
Similar mimicry is shown by the juveniles of the European Honey Buzzard, which resembles the Common Buzzard. Although the Northern Goshawk is capable of killing both species, it is likely to be more cautious about attacking the better protected Buteo species.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Pernis
Species: P. ptilorhynchus
Binomial name
Pernis ptilorhynchus

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Hello Arjun,
This is a beautiful photo of our region's beautiful bird. The details are wonderful, and the photo has been taken with good sharp focus, one can seen various feathers of the body and the markings clearly. Love the birds of sub-continent. Thanks for sharing...warmest regards/Abid

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-02 10:35]

Hello Arjun,
Great photo of this buzzard. Beautiful clear colours, very good sharpness and details and an excellent POV and composition. Beautiful blue BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-02 10:46]

Hi Arjun. Once again you have taken a first class picture of a bird of prey. The Oriental Honey Buzzard,has such sharp focusing and fine detail in the featehrs. all with natural colours. well taken TFS.

  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-02 11:53]

Hola Arjun: Que excelente toma nos comparte, no conocía esta hermosa especie que se ve imponente en lo alto de ese árbol; muy buen la información tambien...saludos.

A sharp capture Arjun...and the vertical presentation makes it perfect. that would be my confirmed report....this would not look good in horizontal at all...esepcially on TN due to contraiotns....good thinking man!

great capture, never saw this species before, it is a very rare vargant in Israel, TFS Ori

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-02 23:13]

Wonderful capture this great Pernis ptilorhynchus!
The colors and the sharpness of details are beautiful!
Have a great 2010!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-05 19:54]

Happy New Year, Arjun!
A very good looking buzzard, especially for a buzzard!
Great light and details on this raptor taken in full body in an excellent POV.
TFS. : )

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