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Crested Serpent Eagle

Crested Serpent Eagle
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Copyright: Vinay Sinha (vinaymms) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 118] (635)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-20 10:00
Viewed: 2837
Points: 6
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Here is another try for capturing bird in flight, one of my earlier shots. Could not capture the entire bird though.

The Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) is a medium-sized raptor that is found in forested habitats across tropical Asia.

The face is bare and yellow joining up with the ceres and powerful feet are unfeathered and heavily scaled. They forage over the forest canopy with their wings and tail showing broad white and black bars and often call with a piercing and familiar three or two-note call. They often feed on snakes, giving them their name and are placed along with the Circaetus snake-eagles in the subfamily Circaetinae.

This large, dark brown eagle is stocky, with rounded wings and a short tail. Its short black and white fan-shaped crest gives it a thick-necked appearance. The bare facial skin and feet are yellow. The underside is spotted with white and yellowish-brown. When perched the wing tips do not reach until the tail tip. In soaring flight, the broad and paddle-shaped wings are held in a shallow V. The tail and underside of the flight feathers are black with broad white bars. Young birds show a lot of white on the head.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Spilornis
Species: cheela

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crested_Serpent-eagle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-20 21:03]

Hi Vinay.
It is a very impressive close-up in-flight. You managed to freeze a splendid bird perfectly. Exposure of the shot despite the contrast scene is excellent too. I also welcome cropping. My compliments and best wishes.

Hello Vinay,

great capture from this bird with good of sharpness and details.
Fine colors.


Hello Pambos,
Great image and sense of action. Well done.

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