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Savanna Hawk

Savanna Hawk
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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: 2013-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-05 7:28
Viewed: 1888
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is taken from the open window of a car.

The Savanna Hawk, (Buteogallus meridionalis), is a large raptor found in open savanna and swamp edges. It was formerly placed in the genus Heterospizias. It breeds from Panama and Trinidad south to Bolivia, Uruguay and central Argentina.

The nest is of sticks lined with grass and built in a palm tree. The clutch is a single white egg, and the young take 6.5 to 7.5 weeks to fledging.

The Savanna Hawk is 46-61 cm in length and weighs 845 g. The adult has a rufous body with grey mottling above and fine black barring below. The flight feathers of the long broad wings are black, and the tail is banded black and white. The legs are yellow.

Immature birds are similar to the adults but have darker, duller upperparts, paler underparts with coarser barring, and a whitish supercilium. This species perches very horizontally, and its legs are strikingly long.

The Savanna Hawk feeds on small mammals, lizards, snakes, crabs and large insects. It usually sits on an open high perch from which it swoops on its prey, but will also hunt on foot, and several birds may gather at grass fires. The call is a loud scream keeeeru.

Source: Wikipedia

Hotelcalifornia, Alex99, marius-secan, Zeno, Hussain58, CeltickRanger, ramthakur, anel, peter_stoeckl, luciola has marked this note useful
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Hello Mr.Peter,
Outstanding timing!Very good focus on eyes with attractive colour and sharpness.Nice BG too.
Thanks for sharing,

hallo Peter
super mooie opname of hij naar je toe wilt vliegen
goed van scherpte en prachtige kleuren
gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-05 9:27]

Hi Peter,spectacular face to face of this hawk landing,what a timing and what a perfect DOF and exposure to take these fantastic details,great 3D effect too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Wow! great catch with an impressive inflight stance and excellent details.

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-03-05 14:48]

What a great photo, Peter, this Buteogallus meridionalis flying straight toward the viewer. It is not common to see a raptor in flight from this perspective. Great job!

Hernán Bortondello

Hi Peter,
such an interesting POV! good timing.. good moment. even the catch-light is there! have you ever counted how many bird species you have in your collection?! just wondering ;)
take care

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-03-05 20:24]

Hello Peter,
You did a fine job of capturing this Savanna Hawk image from your car, looks like it was about to fly directly to you. Awesome facial features with eyes fixed in a piercing gaze. Focus is extremely sharp allowing us to view it's beautiful features and pretty colors perfectly. Great job!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-03-05 20:31]

Hi Peter.
What an impressive in-flight shot. It is great luck. Glance of the bird is simply amazing. Timing and freezing of the bird are fantastic too. Bravo.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-03-06 0:16]

A truly fantastic capture. Most striking! You did very well capturing the perfect moment.

TFS, Peter,



Hello Peter,
What a luck and excellent skills to catch in flight such a splendid bird......Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. Very nice image. The exposure is perfect. I like this interesting species. The colors and contrast of this image are amazing....
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic in-flight owl, perfect focus, splendid sharpness, fine details, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2014-03-07 2:08]

Dag Peter,

Mooi shot en perfecte timing. Hij vliegt zo je auto binnen.


Hello Peter,

Hope you are well and life is good. I am hard pressed for time these days and it proves difficult to comment after posting one's own photo and one does feel a shade guilty, you know the feelings.Earlier I did watch this beautiful in-flight/action photo but failed to comment....but here I am and I am all praise for your presence of mind and the quick action you have shown to catch this predator in flight. Excellent!
Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards/Abid

Hello Peter

Great in-flight shot of the Savanna Hawk and from an open window car !
wonderful light coming on the subject, great focus, sharpness, details,
the catch-lights on both eyes improve the photo by rendering it more beautiful, TFS


Hello Peter
Splendid shot.
Superb angle, clarity and colour.
Pure pro work.
Best wishes,

I missed out this mind blowing in-flight picture of a Hawk from Brazil, Peter. Happy to see it now!
With high shutter speed, the bird has been frozen into a frame that is just perfect in every respect. The eye contact is just smashing!
Thanks for sharing this superb acquisition from your trip abroad.

Great time here dear Peter! Just impressive. Stunning details beautiful colours.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-03-11 5:27]

hello Peter,
Missed this spectacular shot. The Hawk seems to fly right on us...you really clicked at the right fraction of second. Bravo to have reached this great sharpness. Kind regards

Hi Peter,
wow - stunningly direct and precise face to face capture of a hawk in flight!
Absolutely exciting to see your image making me feel being the hawk's target.
Certainly one of the best moments for a photographer who is skilled enough to focus and press the trigger right in time.
My congratulations, and thank you!
With best regards,

Hello Peter,
Fantastic pic. Great shot.

Peter !
Tu as réussi un très beau cliché.
On a l'impression qu'il fonce sur Toi
Bravo et Merci

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