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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 1, Kruger National Park 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-19 8:21
Viewed: 3948
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this shot of this predator close to the skukuza restcamp,used a beanbag as stabilization on the car window,I have some problems to find a proper ID and see several possibilitys,maybe someone can help,

hope you like it tfw

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  • Great 
  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-19 8:36]

bonjour Paul,
pas facile cette approche semble t-il, mais le résultat est bon. Jolie netteté avec un BG tout bleu.


Hi Paul
Looks like a juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk to me. Nice portrait, the few branches in front of the face are a bit disturbing. Great blue sky.

  • Great 
  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-19 9:28]

Hi Paul, nice catch of this bird. Good pose. Enjoy natural habitat and the branches in front are't really distracting here. Looks like he's attentive to something. Good focus and detail. Sorry I can't help you out with the identification. Good job, thanks.


Hi Paul,
A glorious image of this magnificent bird. I like your POV and the blue sky looks fabulous.

  • Great 
  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-19 10:12]

Excellent capture, Paul
Great sharpness, and colors and beautiful composition.
I like it very much.
Congratulations and TFS.

Hi Paul,
very good shot.Is not easy with the branch.
Bruno (cooper)

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-04-19 11:15]

Looks like a "Short-Toed Eagle - Circaetus gallicus"
to me. Nice photo.

Hello Paul,
How funny that your title should be exactly the same as the one that I used for my latest upload! (They both describe what's happening! Yours is hiding so the prey won't see it. Mine is hiding so the predator won't see it.) I like the p.o.v. the lovely detail on the feathers and the brilliant blue sky. A super capture! Well done!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-19 11:38]

Hello Paul,
Even though the twigs spoil a clear view of this hawk's face, this is a fine capture with good sharpness, excellent lighting and comp. and a nice blue sky BG.
The ID is a bit of a problem, buT I would say this might be a Juvenile Gabar goshawk, though I have never seen one myself.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Paul,
Great shot!
I like eye!

Hi Paul,
it wasn't his best day, he's looking a little angry ;-( Haha - a wonderful shot and the colours so pretty, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-19 15:09]

That is a great look he is giving you. Nice light and sharp details. The branches don't bother me at all, it is just part of the natural setting



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-19 15:13]

Hello Paul,
When I look at your photo I know this is a Snake-eagle, because of the head. It's a East African (Banded) Snake-eagle (circaetus fasciolatus, grijze slangenarend)- (almost)adult/male.(see: Raptors of the world - Ferguson)
I like the photo very much: sharp, composition and POV.

Hi Paul.
Good idea, good composition. Well done,. Stev

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