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Circus pygargus

Circus pygargus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-24
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-19 4:39
Viewed: 5319
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Circus pygargus (Linnaeus 1758). Male
Montagu's Harrier

Circus pygargus is a small bird of prey (family Accipitridae )
Adult males have an overall pale grey plumage contrasting with black wingtips. They have also characteristic black bands along the secondaries and rusty streaks on belly and flanks.
Adult females have mostly pale yellow-brown underparts. The upper parts are uniform dark brown except for the white upper tail coverts ("rump"), and the sightly paler central wing coverts. They are similar to the females of Pallid and Hen Harriers
The juvenile plumage resembles that of the female, but differs by the belly and under wing coverts which are not spotted, but uniformly red brown in colour.
Circus pygargus is a species of western Palearctic. The breeding range extends from Portugal to the Urals. Breeding also occurs in northern Africa. Despite having a wide distribution, this bird is not common in many areas and has strong populations only in France, Spain, Russia, Belarus and Poland where the greater part of the European population can be found.
It is a long distance migrant. Birds from Eurasia spend the winter in sub-Saharan Africa, while those from the eastern part of the range migrate to the Indian subcontinent.

In Cyprus Circus pygargus is a regular passage migrant in spring and autumn.

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Hello Christodoulos,
Splendid bird of prey with wonderful colors and excellent details.
Lovely eye contact and perfect low POV.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Christodoulos,
great capture of this bird of prey with good sharpness and a nice resting pose on the ground. I also like the fine light and the natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-11-19 5:19]

Hello Christodoulos,
I envy you this fantastic capture of a Montagu's Harrier in a fine pose on the ground!! Excellent focus on the eye and lovely detaiils of the plumage. Beautiful light and colours too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Ciao Christodoulos. The best managment of the difficult light here. Impressive focus and sharp.


Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bird in nice standing pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello friend Christodoulos!
Closely with the perfection!... What a bird and what a shot!.... Congratulations!

WOW what an intense moment! GREAT capture!

Hello Chris,

Hope you are doing fine. I owe you many comments friend but I am quite busy these days besides I do not have a good camera and get frustrated and do not visit the site....sorry. It is the love of nature and wildlife which compels me to come and have a look at these fine photos and this is an excellent shot of the Montagu's Harrier. Sun-bathed bird, fine plumage, wonderful colour of the eyes, sitting content in dried out grasses. Congratulation Christodoulos for this superb shot!
Thanks a lot for sharing.......warmest regards/Abid

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-19 5:59]

Superb close capture Christodoulos!
Excellent low lateral POV taken with superb sharpness and natural colours against the fine contrasting BG to make this a top portrait of the male Montagu's Harrier.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hi Christodoulos,

Great portrait of this Circus pirargus!Excellent lighting and colours! Very good detail and sharpness!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-19 6:36]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another great gift to our site. What a perfection. A beauty again! Thanks.

Hallo Christodoulos
Excellent capture, sharp and marvellous detail. Great eye contact and point of view. Optimal focusing. Bravo for a great photo and precise and interesting note. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hello Christodoulos
super good picture of this bird
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-19 8:37]

Hello Christodoulos.
This is a wonderful capture! Wow! The details, POV and lightning is very good. You managed well with those grey tones and its eye has a little glance that makes it wonderful.Best regards Siggi

Hi Christodoulos.
Perfect depth of field. Amazing colours. Perfect composition. Great sharpness. A lot of details.
Have a nice weekend,

Perfect light, excellent detail, great pose and a beautiful bird close-up.
regards yiannis

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-11-19 11:44]

wow! one of the best photos with this specie I ever seen! excellent capture!

amazing harrier, have a nice weekend Ori

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-19 13:08]

Bonjour Christodoulos, magnifique oiseau de proie qui montre une fiére attitude, good timing and perfect natural colors. The BG rehaust the bird. Well done, best regards, Didier.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-19 15:26]

This is a great capture,i think that this bird is rare to take,and your perfect pic is the best way to discover this beauty,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-19 15:43]

Hi Chris!
Interesting bird, in nice pose and cautious expression. Perfect details of the plumage.
Nice contrast against the BG.
Very well done.
Have a nice Sunday.
ciao! Vanda

υπέροχος όπως και η φωτογραφική του λήψη!
καλή σου μέρα Χριστόδουλε!

Hello Christodoulos,
Your gallery with only top quality images has a new member. This one was taken in excellent light condition with perfect sharp details and natural colours. I also like the low POV and composition. Congratulations!

Hi Chris,

Wonderful picture of this bird with great eye contact.
Captured with good details & sharpness from a nice POV. Well done & TFS.

fantastic addition to Treknature's library Christodoulos Makris. Top quality from the classical choice of f/8 here! Bravo ...and what a gorgeous bird!
George veltchev

Hello Christodoulos,
A perfect capture of this majestic bird. Perfect focus and well contrasted picture. Very well done.

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  • Vidaro (32)
  • [2011-11-21 3:43]

Hello Christodoulos!
Great shot of a beautiful bird!
I think i have a picture of the same bird but it was identified to me as a Circus aeruginosus but i think this one you took resemble it more! I found this bird in the salt lake area in Larnaka

Hello Christodoulos,
A very beautiful picture of this bird, fantastic eye-contact, superb exposure, lovely clarity sharpness against the background, an excellent captured!
Thanks for sharing and have a great week,
Best Regards,

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Très belle posture du sujet restituée sous un bon angle de prise de vue et une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Chris, Fabulous capture of this Montagu's Harrier my good friend, exceptional lighting control, superb sharpness with fine detail, great job and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up photo of this bird of prey
posed in the ground, with always fine POVs
at the level of the birds, beautiful light,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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