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Haliaeetus leucogaster

Haliaeetus leucogaster
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm / F 4-5,6 G AF
Exposure: f/7.1
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-21 7:28
Viewed: 2663
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Cuckooroller for giving the correct ID. Really appreciate his confirmation.

The White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), also known as the White-breasted Sea Eagle, is a large diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is closely related to Sanford's Sea Eagle of the Solomon Islands, and the two are considered a superspecies. A distinctive bird, the adult White-bellied Sea Eagle has white head, breast, under-wing coverts and tail. The upper parts are grey and the black under-wing flight feathers contrast with the white coverts. The tail is short and wedge-shaped as in all Haliaeetus species. Like many raptors, the female is slightly larger than the male.

Resident from India and Sri Lanka through southeast Asia to Australia on coasts and major waterways, the White-bellied Sea Eagle breeds and hunts near water, and fish form around half of its diet. It is opportunistic, and also consumes carrion and a wide variety of animals. Although rated of Least Concern globally, it is vulnerable to human disturbance in its habitat and has declined in southeastern Australia. It is ranked as threatened in Victoria, and vulnerable in South Australia and Tasmania. The White-bellied Sea Eagle is revered by indigenous people in many parts of Australia, and the Solomon Islands, and is the subject of various folk tales.some Brahminy Kites have been reported at elevations in the Himalayas in excess of 5,000 feet (about 1,500 m).

These birds generally forage for their prey by surveying the territory from flight elevations of 65 to 165 feet (about 20 to 50 meters) above land and sea. The primary sources of prey for a Brahminy Kite include a variety of dead animals, especially fish and crabs. These birds have also been known to fish for live food from a high altitude by dipping into the surface of the water during precise nosedives in order to catch fish. On some occasions, Brahminy Kites will even steal food from other airborne birds of prey, such as the Osprey and the Australian White Ibis.

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Hello Foozi,
A very nice capture of a superb bird of prey in flight.
Excellent details, colors and very good shrpness.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-21 7:48]

Hello Foozi,
Very nice photo of this Brahminy Kite in flight. Beautiful natural colours and good sharpness. Taken from a pleasing frontal POV in a nice composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-21 8:52]

Hi Foozi,magnificent in-flight pic taken whit impressive quality like your last,super sharpness and light balance and beautiful wings position too.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
Very good captured of the bird with precise timing! and good sharpness against the background, very nice higthlighted eye, point of view and composition are excellent,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Ciao Foozi, great capture of lovely flyng bird, perfect focus, Good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi
Interesting species and impressive photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-21 11:25]

Hello Foozi,
The POV and wing position in flight do give the impression of the power that this raptor, the Brahminy Kite has. The sharpness is excellent and the composiytion perfect with the OOF kite being a nice feature in the BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Foozi. Fantastic capture in good details and sharp.


Hi Foozi,
excellent capture of this bird in flight. Also great composition with this blurred bird in the background. Nice colours.
Have a nice evening,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-21 12:33]

Hello Foozi,
A very good catpure of this bird in-flight nice colors and very fine sharpness.TFS.

Hi Foozi,

Very nice capture of this in-flight bird, great timing with splendid skill, nice detailed sharpness and good exposure control, lovely work and well done,
Best regards Foozi and have a nice day,


Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful capture of the Brahminy Kite in flight, excellent point of view, very good sharpness, a great dynamic composition
Best regards

Hello Foozi

Great in-flight shot of the Brahminy Kite,
fine POV showing his royal pose in the airs,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Well captured on the wing. Good point of view. regards yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-22 6:50]

Good flight image of this beauty with well spread wings, the composition is good with supporting bird in the frame. tfs.

Hello Foozi!
Nice action shot! Lovely effect of the bird against this soft blue sky! I love it!TFS
Regards from,

PS: Thanks for visiting my gallery!

Wonderful capture with excellent details and very good focus!!!

Hello Foozi,

that's a long time ago!
An nice shot from this Kite with good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.


Hi Foozi,
The ID is incorrect. This is not Brahminy Kite.

The tail conformation is wrong; the underwing is wrong; the bill is too strong.

This is an immature Haliaeetus leucogaster (White-bellied Sea Eagle). Cf.: http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?p=6&Bird_ID=874&Bird_Family_ID=&pagesize=1

Hi Foozi,

The inclusion of the bird in the background is helping to frame the scene and giving a sense of depth. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the White-bellied Sea Eagle. The late morning light is making the colors to standout. Have a nice day.


Hello Foozi,
What a fabulous image. So well captured and such good exposure control. And the OOF bird on the right adds value. Well done. Congratulations.

Hello Foozi,

A fine in-flight capture of this bird of prey!
A pleasant composition, with the blurry bird in the back to give emphasis to the main subject...
The movement is perfectly frozen, sharp fine details!

Pablo -

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