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Not fear

Not fear
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Copyright: Robi rdfoto (rdfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon, 300 mm AF f/4, SanDisk CFExtreme4gb, HOYA 77mm HMC-SUPER UV (0)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-05-23 13:51
Viewed: 3501
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Secretary Bird, Sagittarius serpentarius, is an extraordinary bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, this mostly terrestrial bird is usually found in the open grasslands and savannas of the sub-Sahara. It is a large bird of prey in the order Falconiformes, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards, vultures, and harriers, but it is so distinctive that it is given its own family, Sagittariidae. The Secretary Bird enjoys a certain fame in Africa, specifically Sudan and South Africa, where it serves as a prominent emblem on both nations' coats of arms.
The Secretary Bird is largely terrestrial, hunting its prey on foot, and besides the caracaras (such as Polyborus plancus) is the only bird of prey to do so habitually. Adults hunt in pairs and sometimes as loose familial flocks, stalking through the habitat with long strides. Prey consists of insects, small mammals, lizards, snakes, young birds, bird eggs, and sometimes dead animals killed in brush fires. Larger herbivores are not hunted, although there are some reports of Secretary Birds killing young gazelles.
Young are fed liquified and regurgitated insects directly by the male or female parent and are eventually weaned to small mammals and reptile fragments regurgitated onto the nest itself. The above foodstuffs are originally stored in the crop of the adults.

Secretary Birds have two distinct feeding strategies that are both executed on land. They can either catch prey by chasing it and striking with the bill, or stomping on prey until it is rendered stunned or unconscious enough to swallow. Studies of this latter strategy have helped construct the possible feeding mechanisms employed by dinosaur-like 'terror birds' that once walked the earth five million years ago

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Hola Robi,
Simpática toma donde parece hinchar el pecho orgulloso de su plumaje. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-25 3:59]

Hi Robi
What amazing and stunning bird!
It seems to be very bold!
Great sharpness with beautiful details on the marvellous plumage!
Congratulations and TFS

bonjour robi
belle photo, c'est lui qui fait peur,
bonne journée

Bonjour Robi
Cet oiseau, veut soit nous faire peur, soit nous embrasser...
La prise est très belle.
Amicalement Laurent

salut robi
non seulement il n' a pas peur mais en plus il pose comme un mannequin!! tres bonne réussite, mais dommage que tu n'ai pas coupé la photo pour supprimer( enfin, au sens figurer) la personne et le sac a main, mais bon cela reste une belle phot
bravo robi, amitiès et merci de me dire ce que tu pense du WS

Salut Robi
Original oiseau et superbe photo, tout est la. Les couleurs, la prise de vue, la netteté,et le cadrage. Félicitations
Merci er au revoir...JP

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-28 5:07]

Hi Robi,
Nice timing :o) Sharpness, details, focus and the pose is very good. TFS

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-30 3:34]

Hi Robi,
Always nice to see a bird of pray show and this a elegant bird you have captured here. Good timing in capturing the pose and with good light and sharpness.
TFS Paula

Belle photo de ce rapace qui n' est pas effarouché par cette dame, belle prise au bon moment,son attitude est bien restaurée par votre photo. Amitiés Thomas

bonjour robi
bonne explication et belle photo,dommage que la madame etait dans le champ!
le parc ou a été prise cette photo est dedié principalement aux cigognes,ou alors je me trompe d'endroit!en tout cas je n'avais pas vu les rapaces.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-03-11 23:50]

Quelle belle attitude, il ne faudrait pas que cet oiseau passe à l'attaque.
Bonne journée.

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