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Black-breasted Snake Eagle

Black-breasted Snake Eagle
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-20 8:04
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Points: 30
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I found this Black-breasted Snake Eagle on the way to Tanzanians border in south part of Kenya. Captured from Land Rower, handheld @ 560mm (400 X 1.4) with 20D.

This species is sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus). Although its diet is mainly snakes and lizards (as with other Snake Eagles) it has a rather more diverse diet which includes small mammals, amphibia and arthropods, they are even known to take bats and birds...

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-20 8:12]

Hi Ralf,
Very well composed,and detailed capture of the black breasted snake eagle. The eyes look very impressive. Very good focus and sharpness. Well done and TFS

Very impressive especially handheld Ralf,

I like the sharpness you've got, what shutter speed and aperture did you use? Was obviously a spur of the moment shot and yet composition is excellent. The only small niggle is that branch going just in front of him, other than that its great. The eyes are mesmerising and he is definitely looking like a bird who means business!

Well done, TFS

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-20 8:42]

Ha Ralf,
stunning picture with great sharpness. I saw quite a few of them in Tanzania, but never as good as in your image. Great work!
What are your experiences with the 100-400 in combination with 1.4 converter? I have both of them as well (t.c. also canon), but results are always a bit disappointing (plus the fact that autofocus doesn't work). When I see this picture I should it again.
Regards, Jacob

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-20 9:07]

Hi Ralf,
Wonderfull catch of this snake eagle, great POV and composition, the look of the eagle is super.

Hola Ralf
Preciosa rapaz la que nos muestras, el cielo no te acompañó ese día pero al ser oscura el ave no le quita importancia a la toma.
Mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

hi ralf,
very nice shot,
the pov is quite effective, the eyes looks so prominent in the shot,
well composed ,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-20 11:29]

Hej Ralf,
Another fine African raptor captured in an excellent way. This shot of the Black-bellied Snake Eagle is super sharp, with great detail, fine pose and BG.

Om du kan åstadkomma såna fina bilder med den utrustning börjar man undra hur dina bilder blir med med en 500?

Hej Ralf,
great sharpness with very fine details. I like the look, the sharp eyes is amazing. Well composed and good POV.
Well done.

Med ett 500 så blir det nog till att använda ett enbenstativ,
objekivet är tungt att handhålla en längre tid.

Excellent work Ralf.
I like it alot :)
Very well done.

Hi Ralf , İmpressive Raptor photo , eyes are incredible , thanks.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-20 20:44]

Superbe capture,félicitations.

Love those eye, very piercing! Well taken.


Hi Ralf,
Very nice capture of this eagle. Nicely composed and great details. very impressive eyes... :D Well done and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-22 5:13]

Hej Ralf,
Another brilliant Raptor shot from you! I like the low POV and the perch he's on. Very sharp details and nice colours which stand out against the light background. Clever capture!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Ralf,
This is a better image of this eagle specie.
Really close.
Well done and thanks again..

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