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Philippine Eagle

Philippine Eagle
Photo Information
Copyright: Alaz Mal (Alaz) (151)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/3.9, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Unusual critters [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-01 19:42
Viewed: 21698
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
also known as Monkey-eating eagle.
"The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is a giant forest raptor endemic to the Philippines. It is considered one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world's rarest and certainly among its most critical endangered vertebrate species. The eagle is known to be geographically restricted to the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. Philippine eagles are monogamous and they bond for life. But contrary to claims that they opt to remain unpaired in the death of their mate, evidences from natural pairing techniques and data from all other raptors indicate that they take in new mates as replacement. Females reach sexual maturity at around five years and males, at seven."

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What an amazing bird. I've not seen one like it...but then I am no authority on birds. I really like the composition and the interesting background. I think one could bring out the face and eyes a bit with post processing for a bit more impact. See workshop
Thanks for sharing and all the best to you in 2007!

Evelynn : )

Beautiful shot of a rare bird. Glad the breeding programs are starting to work - they are an incredible creature. I would lose the border on this shot and lighten the background just a little. Otherwise, it's an excellent shot. :)

Hello Alaz,
A good portrait of this fine bird!
Low lighting works well here, with good isolation of the subject resulting in attractive details in the feather coat...
Good pose and a fine composition!
Pablo -

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-02 2:45]

This is beautiful, Alaz.
I love the composition and the colors.
It looks like a painting. : )
Great pose with the head turned and the eye contact.
I like what Evelynn did in her workshop to bring some more light on the features of the face.
Happy New Year and TFS. : )

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-02 3:14]

Hi Alaz,
beautiful bird,very good shot.
You managed to capture it in very good pose.
His gaze looks so innocent :)

What a beautiful photo of this sad looking Eagle. Well taken in what appears to be darkish light. Looking at the surroundings and perch I assume it is in an aviary. Well done.

GREAT notes. Aroused my curiosity. It heightened my interest in the bird.
Looks like it was "posing" just for you. Am so happy you are sharing this lovely specimen with the TN world.
I find it to be far too dark for "my" taste; though Evelynn has done a W/S to put emphasis on its face & eyes
I agree with Feather that the B/G too should be enlightened.
Hence, Im going to try to encrease the exposure values on the whole image thereby bringing even more details of its feather coat and the vegetation surrounding it.
Otherwise this is an OUTSTANDING register.
Best regards,

I love the composition and the colors.

Nice shor of a magnificient specimen. I have never seen Philippine eagle before. It looks great and good composition too. May be a little more brightness and sharpness would have been even better. Anyways, great work. Thanks for sharing.

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  • RDx Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 65] (282)
  • [2009-09-05 6:12]

Whew ! Just a pleasure to see a shot of the rarest of rare raptors !! TFS

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