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Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle
Photo Information
Copyright: Akshay Harith (S_Akshay) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 31 W: 14 N: 130] (729)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon DSLR D200, Sigma100-300mm HSM APO with sigma 1.4XTC
Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-28 11:08
Viewed: 3557
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 14
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Hello Friends,
The picture of the Tawny eagle is photographed at Hesarghatta Lake,which is about 45kms from my house.This was sitting nicely in search of small snakes and other reptiles.I SPECIALLY DEDICATE THIS PICTURE TO MY FATHER H.SATISH WHO CELEBRATED HIS 45TH BIRTHDAY ON 26TH OF APRIL.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Accipitriformes

Family: Accipitridae

Genus: Aquila

Species: A. rapax

Binomial name
Aquila rapax

The Tawny Eagle, Aquila rapax, is a large bird of prey. It is about 6272 cm in length and has a wingspan of 165185cm. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the migratory Steppe Eagle, Aquila nipalensis, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy (Clark, 1992; Olson, 1994; Sangsteret al., 2002); molecular analysis[citation needed] indicates that these birds are not even each other's closest relatives.

It breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. It is a resident breeder which lays 13 eggs in a stick nest in a tree, crag or on the ground.

Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats, such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah.

This is a large eagle with tawny upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. The lower back is very pale. This species is smaller and paler than the Steppe Eagle, although it does not share that species' pale throat.

Immature birds are less contrasted than adults, but both show a range of variation in plumage colour.

The Tawny Eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, reptiles and birds up to the size of guineafowl. It will also steal food from other raptors.

The call of the Tawny Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.

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  • Avare Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 4 N: 75] (514)
  • [2008-04-28 13:24]

Great shot!

Lovely shot of a lovely eagle!! Very sharp, foreground is a little distracting, but I understand that you dont call the shots with where they pose for your pics :)


Hello Akshay, wonderful image of a magnificient bird! The POV of this fine pose is super and plumage details are excellent. Great image to dedicate to your father on his birthday. Extremely well done! Tfs Richard

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-04-28 18:07]

Hi Akshay
Very nice capture with good detail and natural color
Great catchlite in eye
tfs jon

WOW ! very good portait of this magnificient raptor , TFS and good luck .

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-30 0:34]

Hello Akshay,
Excellent posture of this bird. Lovely eye focus and great sharp picture. Ganesh

Dear Akshay,
I wonder how I missed this magnificent shot.Excellent capture with good POV, DOF, sharpness and details. Beautiful lighting.
This is going straight to my favourites.

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