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Circaetus gallicus

Circaetus gallicus
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-19 0:31
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers.

This is an Old World species spread throughout the Mediterranean basin and into Russia and the Middle East, and into parts of Asia (Pakistan, India and some Indonesian islands).
Those present on the northern edge of the Mediterranean and other parts of Europe migrate mainly to sub-Saharan Africa north of the equator, leaving in September/October and returning in April/May. In the Middle and Far East the populations are resident. In Europe it is most numerous in Spain where it is fairly common but elsewhere it is rare in many parts of its range. A bird on the Isles of Scilly, Britain, in October 1999 was the first confirmed record for that country.
The Short-toed Snake Eagle is found in open cultivated plains, arid stony deciduous scrub areas and foothills and semi-desert areas. It requires trees for nesting.

in Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Adults are 63–68 cm long with an 185–195 cm wingspan and weigh 1.7-1.9 kg. They can be recognised in the field by their predominantly white underside, the upper parts being greyish brown. The chin, throat and upper breast are a pale, earthy brown. The tail has 3 or 4 bars. Additional indications are an owl-like rounded head, brightly yellow eyes and lightly barred under wing.

in Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, India.
The Short-toed Snake Eagle is an accomplished flyer and spends more time on the wing than do most members of its genus. It favours soaring over hill slopes and hilltops on updraughts, and it does much of its hunting from this position at heights of up to 500 meters. When quartering open country it frequently hovers like a Kestrel. When it soars it does so on flattish wings.

Its prey is mostly reptiles, mainly snakes, but also some lizards. Sometimes they entangle with larger snakes and battle on the ground. Occasionally small mammals to the size of a rabbit; rarely birds and large insects.
This eagle is generally very silent. On occasions it emits a variety of musical whistling notes. When breeding it lays only one egg, but can live up to 17 years.
The Short-toed Snake Eagle has suffered a steep decline in numbers and range in Europe and is now rare and still decreasing in several countries due to changes in agriculture and land-use. It needs protection. In the middle and far eastern part of its range this species is not yet threatened.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Circaetinae
Genus: Circaetus
Species: C. gallicus
Binomial name
Circaetus gallicus
(Gmelin, 1788)


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Wow Durzan
most beautiful Short-toed Eagle with juvenile plumage moulting to adult. Every feather detail is well visible

Slav Durzan,
a superb capture of the Short-toed Snake Eagle in flight, very good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours, a good visula impact with a great flying posture of this bird of prey
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-19 1:00]

HI Durzan,this is truely fantastic! What a in-flight pic and what a super sharpness and wings details,great light balance and colors too!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Wonderful and elegant capture with fantastic simplicity and great resolution Durzan Cirano! Love it!
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-19 1:23]

Hello Durzan,
Superb in-flight photo of this beautiful Short-toed Snake Eagle.Very good focus, sharpness and composition. TFS.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Durzan. Imponent fly for the Eagle taken with excellent backlight's managment and in good contrast against the blue BG.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-19 2:46]

Hello Dûrzan,
Very beautiful photo of this Short-toed Snake Eagle in fly. The light is gorgeous. Excellent sharpness and details. Beautiful contrasting against the blue sky in the BG.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-19 3:13]

Hi Durzan,

You caught this snake eagle very wel. Excellent details in the feathers and fine natural colors.


Hola Durzan
Magnifico disparo y un preciso foco
Gran momento.

Hi Durzan,
another spectacular photo of bird in flying. Great point of view. Very good sharpness and colours.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hello Durzan,
Amazing picture of a beautiful bird. You managed to freeze it in amazing pose. I like details and colours as well as its composition and cropping. Well done!

Hello Durzan
Impressive in flight photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Hello Durzan,
Excellent capture with lovely contrast and perfect focus. Very nice colors and great exposure.
The light and clarity are outstanding.

Ciao Durzan, great capture of superb eagle in fantastic fly on a wonderful blue sky, beautiful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Durzan,
Excellent captured of this Short-toed Snake Eagle, great precise timing, good sharpness details and nice natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Buen efecto óptico por el realismo de la imagen y el acertado encuadre.
Gran habilidad del fotógrafo, ya que las aves en vuelo son siempre de difícil captura.
Saludos y buena semana Durzan: Josep Ignasi.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-20 5:23]

Hello Durzan,
A very fine and natural picture of a flying eagle in front of a slightly cloudy sky. What a beuatiful and elegant bird, a species which I didn't know, even it lives probably too in the alpine area. Pleasant vertical framing too.
Well done.
Kind regards

Hi Durzan,

Great capture of this in-flight bird, good camera skills with impressive timing shown here, lovely colours against the blue Sky, great job and thanks for sharing,
Best regards,


Hi Durzan,
Wow!!! Magnificent bird! Superb shot friend!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-21 7:07]

Slav Durzan,
such a wonderful shot. You really good to have such a blue sky and good light for this eagle.
excellent piece of work.


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