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Bateleur Eagle

Bateleur Eagle
Photo Information
Copyright: Mark Oxley (MojoUK) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-19 17:20
Viewed: 5720
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This magnificent young Bateleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus) was taken at the Hawk Conservancy near Andover, UK.

PP was minimal, no crop and just a minor adjustment in levels was all that was needed.

The Bateleur is a large eagle that inhabits the tree and bush savanna throughout Africa south of the Sahara and eastward into Arabia. It may be considered one of the best known of the African raptors and one of the most beautiful. Its name is a French word describing a tightrope walker with a balancing pole.

The Bateleur is an excellent flyer, spending long hours in flight using the warm air currents to soar, sometimes covering up to 200 miles in its search for prey. During courtship it displays amazing and daring turns and somersaults in the air. It has a very short tail and the wings are long and pointed. The head, neck, underparts and wings are black, and the back is a red-brown. The legs are short and bright red.

The Bateleur is generally silent but capable of making loud screams when excited.

Bateleurs feed on carrion and live animals that are as large as small antelopes. It also takes birds and reptiles including the large monitor lizards.

These eagles build their nests in high trees, the clutch consisting of just one egg.

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très beau portrait...et toujours impressionnant le regard majestueux...

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-04-19 18:16]
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Hi Mark,
excellent shot of this eagle,
great detail, great expo.
love the sharpness in her eyes and beak,
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

Excellent photo Mark.
I like the portrait style of this eagle. The Dof is very nice along with the sharpness of the image
Cool photo, regards

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-19 18:37]

Very nice Mark, lovely shot. Perfect detail and colour, nice light in the eyes. Nice light on the feathers too, great shot.

This photo is superb. The detail and sharpness are excellent. I like how his feathers have that textured pattern. The colors have good saturation and look totally natural. Nice portrait!

Hello Mark, fantastic capture of this eagle! POV, composition, colours and detail are immaculate. TFS

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-04-19 21:41]

Hi Mark,
Very nice portrait! Superb details and sharpness, great colours.
Thanks for sharing!

Bonjour Shal
Une merveilleuse photo que cet Aigle , les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG

Bravo et merci...JP

magnifique portrait et une PDC comme je les aimes....

Hi Mark

Wonderful shot. Good light, colour, POV and composition. Technically great too. Well done! :-)

Fantastic portrait. Awesome detail and perfect DOF. Background works well and the pose is great.

Well done

Hi Mark
Very very good sharp details. super shot
Bruno ( cooper)

Hi Marc,
Lack of word - EXCELLENT!!!
TFS Malgosia

Perfectism! It doesn't get any better than this, perfect exposure showing great details and colors. :)

Hi Mark,

Wonderful shot. Good light, Superb details, sharpness and colour, POV and composition. Technically great too.
Well done! :-)


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-03 8:14]

Hi Mark,
Awesome sharpness, colours, details and pose. A great portrait!
TFS, José M.

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