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|Captured @ vulcano crater Ngorongoro's floor @ 400mm, handheld.|
The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is a large bird of prey. It is about 62-72 cm in length and has a wingspan of 165-185cm. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the migratory Steppe Eagle, Aquila nipalensis, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. However, DNA studies have shown that these birds are not even each other's nearest relatives.
It breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southernwestern Asia to India. It is a resident breeder which lays 1-3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree, crag or on the ground.
Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats, such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah.
This is a large eagle with tawny upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. The lower back is very pale. This species is smaller and paler than the Steppe Eagle, although it does not share that species' pale throat.
Immature birds are less contrasted than adults, but both show a range of variation in plumage colour.
The Tawny Eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, reptiles and birds up to the size of guineafowl. It will also steal food from other raptors.
The call of the Tawny Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.
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Lovely shot of this common eagle.
The pose is fantastic and the compo is great.
I love the way you framed it!
Light and details OK.
- [2006-09-19 5:30]
Very nice framed and presented eagle, Ralf!
Excellent work. Nice head on shot showing the wingspan. TFS.
- [2006-09-19 7:32]
Precioso el vuelo de la rapaz. Enhorabuena y un saludo. TFS.
- [2006-09-19 9:09]
A very nicely taken shot of a difficult subject - but surely this is a Yellow-billed Kite Milvus migrans parasitus? The slim build, all-yellow bill and long tail, fanned for slow-speed steering all point to this race of the Black Kite.
Great in flight pic...
No shutter speed mention...pity.
- [2006-09-19 16:19]
F駘icitations pour cette belle capture!
- [2006-09-19 16:22]
Beautiful capture of this raptor in flight with fine pose, but I agree with Nigel that this is typical of a kite by the way he uses his tail. A look at my book confirms that this is a juvenile Yellow-billed Kite.
TFS, regards, Ivan
Good action shot