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Dinner Time
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Copyright: Mark Gong (markgong) (29)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-03
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-25 4:27
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken near dusk at Los Llanos. The original was over-exposed so I played around with it a bit in photoshop.

I have no clue what kind of hawk this is, sorry. This photo was taken on a river boat ride in one of the rivers in Los Llanos. The guide caught a pirana and stuck a wooden stick through the middle. This acts as a mechinism to allow the dead fish to float above the water so the hawk can see. A whistling call is made and the fish is then waved in the air so it is clearly visible. A moment later the guide threw the bait about 20 feet away. After this, it's really just hit or miss. 2/5 times the hawk went for the bait. This was the only sharp shot I was able to get. It's very tricky to autofocus on reflective water as a hawk swoops down to get it. To make it even more difficult you have only a split second between finding out where the fish landed and the hawk catching. That's why I couldnt really meter correctly. Either way, I hope you like the result.

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Hi Mark

Welcome to TN.

This is still a bit OE but what a fantastic action shot. Well done.

Great capture, a bit OE (overexposed) but great pose, POV (point of view) and framing.
Well done and welcome to TN Mark.
TFS (thanx for sharing)

Despite the overexposure, this is a fantastic action shot, Mark. Occasions like that are not very frequent (at least, where I live!), so it's a rare kind of shot for me. More info about this raptor and photographic conditions would be highly appreciated. Welcome to TN.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-03-25 14:43]

good shot; thanks for sharing

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-03-25 18:46]

Nice pose,good capture.

Very good capture, Mark.
It's a bit overexposure but a great POV, pose and action.
Very well done.
Welcome to TN.

Perhaps a bit overexposed, but its an impressive moment, real action shot. Well done. The composition and sharpness is very good.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-26 15:13]

Hi Mark, welcome to TN. This is a very good action shot - great catch for the bird and you. TN is a great place to learn. Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-26 16:17]
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A good first performance, Mark.
Nice composition and point of view.
Great shot of this unknow bird for me.

I wish you the most cordial welcome on TrekNature.
In the pleasure to admire your next posts and to read your notes and critics.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2005-09-06 12:03]
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This bird is a Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis), alternatively known as the "Fishing Buzzard."


Found in tropical lowlands from Mexico to Paraguay and north-central Argentina


The adult Fishing Buzzard 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 Fishing Buzzard lives on a diet mainly composed of fish. Also water bugs and occasionally lizards, snails and rodents.


A rather low-pitched series of cries sounding, according to one author, 'variously like the hoarse squeal of a pig or the heavy creak of a large heron'

Status and behaviour in the wild

The whitish head and throat and the black mark on breast should separate it from the Savannah Hawk, with which it is most likely to be confused. When soaring high, its broad rounded wings and short broad tail make it look rather like an eagle and appear to be larger than it really is. Perched it looks large-bodied and small-headed.
Found near water, in open or semi-open country, it is often quite common. In parts of their range where dykes or roads cross wetland and paddy fields they can often be seen on every third or fourth telegraph pole. When watching for food, they may perch in trees or bushes along or over water.
Their feet are spiny for catching fish, and it sometimes swoops down with scarcely a wing beat and catch one without wetting the plumage, in the manner of the African Fish Eagle. At other times it may plunge awkwardly into shallow water from a low perch. On these occasions it may be seen sitting for some time drying its plumage.
It soars frequently at some seasons, descending from a great height with legs dangling and tail pumping.

great pic, try to decrease contrast a little, TFS and greetings, Ori

Only one word to describe this image.
Mario from Canada.

Hello Mark.

Excellentimage, nice composition and colors.

jose Luis.

Hi Mark,

So nice POV. The DOF is also so perfect that the bird is damn sharp. More over these the shadow also got caught very nicely. Thank you for sharing it.


Hi Mark
Nice pose,good capture.


Nice moment captured,good picture.Well done.Regards.Alin.

Hi mark,
perfect time,
nice color amd species.
very good

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