Short-toed Snake Eagle
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|Back from a 14 days trip to Lesvos, Greece.|
The Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), also known as Short-toed Eagle, is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers.
Range and habitat
This is an Old World species found throughout the Mediterranean basin, into Russia and the Middle East, and parts of Asia, mainly in the Indian Subcontinent and also further east in some Indonesian islands.
The Short-toed Snake Eagle is found in open cultivated plains, arid stony deciduous scrub areas and foothills and semi-desert areas. It requires trees for nesting and open habitats, such as cultivations and grasslands for foraging.
Adults are 62–67 cm long with a 170–185 cm wingspan and weigh 1.2–2.3 kg. They can be recognised in the field by their predominantly white underside, the upper parts being greyish brown. The chin, throat and upper breast are a pale, earthy brown. The tail has 3 or 4 bars. Additional indications are an owl-like rounded head, brightly yellow eyes and lightly barred under wing.
Its prey is mostly reptiles, mainly snakes, but also some lizards. Sometimes they become entangled with larger snakes and battle on the ground. Occasionally, they prey on small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, and rarely birds and large insects.
This eagle is generally very silent. On occasions, it emits a variety of musical whistling notes. When breeding, it lays only one egg. It can live up to 17 years.
The Short-toed Snake Eagle has suffered a steep decline in numbers and range in Europe and is now rare and still decreasing in several countries due to changes in agriculture and land use. It needs protection.
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- [2019-05-17 13:37]
Woow Peter,great way to open your new series from your last vacations in Greece! A wonderful in flight capture of this eagle in the best light and wings position,impressive sharpness despite the distance,very well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
super mooi en goed van scherpte je ziet hem goed zo
Beautiful species, you have captured. Despite distance, details looks good. Like catch light on its eye.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,
Fantastic in-flight shot, perfect timing, exposure and of course, composition. I love those photos where the background is the plain blue sky - it helps to gain the attention on the subject only, and usually means good contrast. Like here. Wonderful beginning of your new, Greek series. Congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, László
Amazing clarity and very good focus. A lovely bird with such impressive wings.
- [2019-05-23 9:57]
Beautiful composition showing this eagle against a clear backdrop.