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Martial Eagle (Juvenile)

Martial Eagle (Juvenile)
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-04-28 13:22
Viewed: 1413
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this juvenile 'Martial Eagle' (Polemaetus bellicosus) in Kruger National Park during midday game drive. I already posted adult Martial Eagle and I'm glad to find this juvenile one.

* Largest Eagle of Africa.

It was a day of interplay of light of shade; although bit cloudy. But here light wasn't in my favour. I don't like to face my lens towards sunlight but sometime you don't have much option. Not an easy shot for me, so took 6/7 shot quickly to see how to get rid from such back light which was illuminating opposite side of the bird.

Memorable moment to see such beautiful bird in its natural habitat.

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Hello Srikumar

Great close-up shot, I can feel the emotion you had,
fine POV and framing, beautiful expressive eye-contact,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2017-04-28 22:13]

Beautiful specimen. Excellent capture despite the gry weather!

Have a pleasant weekend, Srikumar,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-04-29 3:51]

Hi Srikumar,very difficult light but not for you as i can see,a spectacular capture of this martial eagle,very sharp and bright,masterwork! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Srikumar,

A majestic 'Bird of Prey' captured in full glory. You have done exceptionally well to capture such details against the harsh backlight. Nice framing as well.



Ciao Srikumar, great capture of superb eaglle, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-05-01 3:55]

Hello Srikumar,
A beautiful bird indeed, it has such a regal look to it as it stands so erectly in the top of the tree. Super sharp focus displaying excellent detail and clarity. I love the way its feathers stand up a bit on it head like a creast Wonderful eye contact.

Hi Srikumar,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the Martial Eagle. The light is giving nice tints to the colours. Have a nice day.


Hello Srikumar
Great capture of superb Martial eagle, great, great shot.

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