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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/11, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-02-05 7:22
Viewed: 2133
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Black-collared Hawk is taken from a boat on a river.
In the workshop you can see a Black-collared Hawk perched on a pole.

The Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis) is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is monotypic within the genus Busarellus. It is found in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador,French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and swamps.

The adult Black-collared Hawk has a more or less white head, tinged with buff, and with black shaft streaks on the crown. The body, above and below, and the mantle are bright cinnamon-rufous, paler on the chest. There is a black crescent on the upper breast. The back has scattered black shaft stripes; the flight and tail feathers are black with the base of the tail barred with rufous. The eyes are bright reddish brown, the cere and bill black, and the legs bluish white. Immatures are similar, but blotched with black, including on the crown, and the rufous barring on the tail is more extensive. The pale area on the chest is also more clearly marked. The upper surface of the wings is barred, and the eyes are brown.

The nest is usually placed in a large tree, frequently near water, but sometimes in shade trees in coffee plantations or suburban areas. The nest is lined with green leaves. The female lays three to five eggs, dull white, spotted with pale yellow-brown or red-brown and a few darker freckles. There is no further information on its reproduction.

The Black-collared Hawk lives on a diet mainly composed of fish. It also eats water bugs and occasionally lizards, snails and rodents.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
Super moment, en wel raak geschoten
leuke waarneming op het juiste moment
goed van scherpte en mooie kleuren
groet lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-05 7:28]

Waaw Peter,this is a masterwork! What a timing and what a quality,the detail are truly impressive despite the very fast mouvement,i dream to do a pic like this one day...ehehe....have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well. I was really surprised to see this black collared hawk perhaps taking away a fish from the river/lake whatever....never thought they were capable of this.Or is this an act of scavenging? Whatever the case, from a long distance this is a wonderful shot, and as Luciano has observed you have captured it at the right moment.Amazing!
Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards,


Hi Peter,
really interesting shot. Perfect point of view. Excellent sharpness and details. Very good presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter,
These birds,usually, scavenge.
They do not hunt; however, in this registration it "appears" like it has hunted.
Hence I've said: "GREAT PIECE OF ART".
I assume this is a FIRST for this species. Loved your notes too.
Mario from COLD COLD Canada.

hallo Peter
照的清晰 老鷹的動作很漂亮
顏色華麗 整體都很清楚 細膩
光線亮麗 羽毛的光澤清亮 這種鏡頭也是很和見的
真的不簡單 照的真是美麗極了
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Great action photo Peter! The timing is Impressive!

Hello Peter
Superb freez.
Fantastic framing with great sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful action shot.Nice colour and details.Great frame.Like water droplets behind.Nice colour with splendid light.I like WS picture too-majestic pose.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Peter,
Stunning capture indeed.
The pp work is disturbing thought. We can just follow the path the Photoshop tools went to. Especially the waves are sharp behind the splashing and blur everywhere else. Also there is a little overuse of sharpening and hue enhancement on the hawk. Maybe you will choose to consider a repost as the original capture is so great it would really deserve some more care in the pp process.
But you still deserve a big fat smiley for that one!
Best regards,

Ciao Peter, fantastic action shoot, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

PS: per cortesia clicca mi piace

Ciao Peter. Amazing playing of light/water! Great compo.


Another beautiful poster by motion and lovely scene indeed the expression of his action just amazing well done PETER AN ZOEST

Hello Peter

WOW ! great shot of this bird of prey just at the moment of his catch,
with excellent light, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Hello Peter,
What a great natural moment you have captured.
Excellent timing and composition.Beautiful natural color and details.
Nice point of view.
Thank you for sharing.

Perfect timing here Peter, you have certainly hit this one, well done,

Best Regards,


Hallo Peter,
Nice take-off image.


Wonderful catch........

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-02-08 6:01]

Hello Peter,
You took the shot at the right moment to have this splashing water on the picture. Not easy to take pictures from a boat. Seen the circumstances your shot is well taken and interesting.
Take care.

Hi Peter, Great captured moment with nice POV. The water droplets are frozen in time. Nice light handled and the perfect exposure enhance the details of everything in the frame. Thank for sharing

Hi Peter,
phantastic capture of that South American hawk just having grabbed its prey. Excellent composition, and amazing details in perfectly frozen motion both in the excitingly dynamic pose of wings in takeoff, and the little cascade of water pulled up from the surface. Both were equally successful in that precious moment in precisely achieving what they wanted, zhe hawk and you. My congratulations! With thanks, and best regards,

Hello Peter,
Lovely shot action,Remarkable details and great timing.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-07-21 16:14]

Hi Peter
Bravo! Simply a magnificent photo.


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