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When the eagle flies...

When the eagle flies...
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-01 6:54
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Steppe Eagle, (Aquila nipalensis), is a large bird of prey. It is about 62-74 cm in length and has a wingspan of 165-190cm. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the non-migratory Tawny Eagle, Aquila rapax, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy (Clark, 1992; Olson, 1994; Sangsteret al., 2002); molecular analysis indicates that these birds are not even each other's closest relatives.

The Steppe Eagle breeds from Romania east through the south Russian and Central Asian steppes to Mongolia. The European and Central Asian birds winter in Africa, and the eastern birds in India. It lays 1-3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree.Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats, such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah.

This is a large eagle with brown upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. This species is larger and darker than the Tawny Eagle, and it has a pale throat which is lacking in that species.

Immature birds are less contrasted than adults, but both show a range of variation in plumage colour. The eastern race A. n. nipalensis is larger and darker than the European and Central Asian A. n. orientalis.

The Steppe Eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill rodents and other small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, and birds up to the size of partridges. It will also steal food from other raptors.

The call of the Steppe Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
28/07/2007 20:30:32
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Evaluative metering
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EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
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AF mode
AI Servo AF
Picture Style
Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
Contrast : 0
Sharpness : 3
Color saturation : 0
Color tone : 0
Highlight tone priority : No
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File Size
12657 KB
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High-speed continuous shooting
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Owner's Name
annick vanderschelden
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fartash, Jamesp, JORAPAVI, uleko, haraprasan, gracious, gannu, Luis52, lawhill, kjpweb, ramthakur, SelenE, go2stones, snowfalken, Argus has marked this note useful
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Bonjour Annick,magnifique prise de vue sur arrière plan flou juste comme il faut.Merci du partage


Hello Annick
Very intersting shot of this Steppe Eagle,
Perfect focuisng,lighting and BG,
Superb shot, Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-01 7:45]

Hi Annick

Greetins from Beijing.

A great action shot - I like the blur on the wings.


Hola Annick,
Bonita interesante y dificil captura, con gran definción y mucho detalle, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Annick,
I like the wing tip movement which gives it life but something, (and I cannot think what it is), makes me not like the photo as much as many others of yours. It might be the bright water pulling my eye from what should be the main point.
Best wishes,

Another great inflight shot!

Hello Annick,
Wonderful capture of this Eagle in flight
great composition.. Well done


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-01 9:43]

Hi Annick,
Very fine in-flight capture of this beautiful
Eagle with great focus on the head. I like the blurr on the wings that gives a real sense of movement. Very fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-01 10:43]


Wouaw, un aigle en plein vol, le rève de tout amateur de photo, la netteté sur le corps du rapace est impeccable, les couleurs sont joliment naturelles, le BG très plaisant, un grand bravo Annick ...je n'ai jamais eu dans les mains un canon 400mm 2,8 mais apparemment ca fait du bon boulot
merci de partager,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-01 15:29]

Hola Annick. Bella y fina foto de accion de este "Halcon" en pleno vuelo. Muy bellos los colores y gran nitidez. Luis52.

Hi Annick,
Beautiful shot, of this eagle in fly
nice blurry BG and POV, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hello Annick,
Excellent captured of the eagle in flight!
good sharpness with exposure and focus!
well composed and well done

Hi Annick,
A beautiful flying action capture. Very nice looking bird. Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Annick,
Superb inflight moment where the movement of the wings are perfectly captured. Superb details on the head. Bright spot of the lake is a small minor.

Crisp and precise focus on the eyes - great motion blur on the wings. Great natural colors. The light part in the left of the background is a little distracting - but then again - you couldn't tell the bird which route to take, huh? Great capture! Cheers, Klaus

You have used your powerful lens with great dexterity in this shot, Annick.
The image is perfectly sharp and clear.
I also like the wooded BG which makes your image unique since most of the pictures of birds in flight are generally against the sky.
Well done and TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-02 5:58]

Hi Annick,
Nice in-flight photo of this Steppe Eagle. Very good composition and POV, I liked the details in the background a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-02 9:24]

Hello Annick

Excellent in flight shot.The moment is frozen perfectly.Wonderful details and sharpness.The POV and DOF are excellent.The OOF BG is beautiful,and really enhances the look of this shot.Very nicely composed in the frame.Well done.TFS


What a great shot you got of this guy. Makes me wonder what your POV was. We have hawks and owls in our neighborhood. I'm finding it very difficult to get a decent shot of them. You certainly got a good shot of this eagle.


Hello Annick,

This is a great image with an outstanding composition! I love the way you used the elements in the background in your composition. The tree trunk runs across the right third of the picture and the eagle was positioned in a very powerful spot of the composition to receive the desired attention. Focus is accurately on the bird so that it stands out from the blurred background. Well done! Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-08 9:58]

Hello Annick,
Great in-flight shot of a Steppe Eagle taken from a great POV and caught at the right moment in this technically excellent shot.
Fine lens you have there...

Wow, this is super. If you said that was in Kruger I would have believed you, I know that you find that eagle in Kruger. Very well done, Annick.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-26 10:44]

Hi Annick

I see you've been busy all the time i was "out" :)
Apparently i've missed a lot of beautiful picture from you and also some new purchases - the nice 1D mark III and that spectacular 400mm f/2.8 IS lens. Congratulations!!! May you take thousands of brilliant photos with them.
This is one of the photos i've selected from you that i wish i was here for.
A splendid in-flight that also shows a gorgeous BG. I actually like these in-flights better than the ones with just a plane sky behind the subject...these seem more natural to me.
The pose you captured this impressive eagle here is terrific and the sharpness on his head is great!
Spot-on exposure, beautiful colors and a very charming composition.
I also like the detailed technical note...gives me a little opportunity to learn a few ;)

Bravo and TFS

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