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The African Fish Eagle (haliaeetus vocifer)

The African Fish Eagle is a large bird, and the female, at 3.2-3.6 kg (7-8 lbs) is larger than the male, at 2-2.5 kg (4.4-5.5 lbs). This is typical of sexual dimorphism in birds of prey. Males usually have a wingspan of about 2 m (6 feet), while females have wingspans of 2.4 m (8 feet). The body length is 63–75 cm (25–30 in). The adult is very distinctive in appearance with a mostly brown body and large, powerful, black wings. The head, breast, and tail of African Fish Eagles are snow white, with the exception of the featherless face, which is yellow. The eyes are dark brown in colour. The hook-shaped beak, ideal for a carnivorous lifestyle, is yellow with a black tip.
(infor courtesy Wikipedia)
This is obviously a captive bird and is one of the 'acts' in the 1400hrs daily display at the Hawk Conservancy Trust nr. Andover. Had this one for quite a while and thought perhaps it was time to show him.

Most pleased and, of course, quite delighted with wonderful response to the Blue Tit. Thanks everyone.

Ron

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jul 2010 - 1:59 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Beware Below !
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:13 Feb 2013 - 3:12 PM
Tags:African, Eagle, Pets / captive animals, Raptor
Votes:70

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 3:21 PM

Fantastic image and love the excellent presentation. The call of the fish eagle is also distinctive and is the most amazing call to hear in he bush...John

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 3:38 PM

Excellent in-flight shot, Ron, and accompanied by a full and informative narrative.
Ronnie.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 3:38 PM

An excellent in flight capture, Ron, and I love the way you have captured him with his white head against the darkness of his wing. Carol

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 3:39 PM

Very well caught ,Ron,lots of sharp detail with a relatively short lens.

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LV426
LV426  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 3:41 PM

What a mighty eagel!
Very symbolic and nobel.
Great stuff.
Tarek

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
13 Feb 2013 - 3:49 PM

Super in flight capture Ron,
Fred.

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franken
franken e2 Member 123173 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 3:58 PM

A really stunning in-flight image here Ron.

ken

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
13 Feb 2013 - 4:12 PM

The call of the Fish Eagle to me is the Call of Africa !! Nothing compares to it Smile A great capture of this lovely bird Ron !!

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christinecilia
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13 Feb 2013 - 4:15 PM

fantasick shot love it. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 4:20 PM

Thanks a lot everyone.
Ron

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
13 Feb 2013 - 4:37 PM

Excellent in flight capture
Effrossini

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 4:58 PM

A terrific image of this majestic bird hovering in the air

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bobhowell
bobhowell e2 Member 2bobhowell vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 5:38 PM

Hi Ron

An excellent shot and thanks for the extra information very interesting. Bob

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 5:42 PM

WOW! You kept this quiet Ron beautiful in flight, superb detail and pose

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Hop-A-Long
13 Feb 2013 - 6:05 PM

Stunning capture.

Andy

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95933 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 6:07 PM

Surprised that you have only just decided to give this an airing

Might be a captive, but still damn difficult to nail

Top shot Ron

Adrian

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 6:39 PM

Good timing and a good inflight capture Ron
Regards Richard

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 6:50 PM

An excellent image and capture Ron, expertly done mate Wink

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 6:59 PM

Great eye detail here Ron
and with the blue skies showing
him off here to perfection, so well timed
for the title!!
Lillian

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 7:37 PM

amazing shot i love all birds of prey ! superbly captured

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7613 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 8:40 PM

Caught in a perfect pose of eyeing its prey or possibly just hunting out prey. Nice one!

Anne

(Spring has arrived here in Texas - we have incessant knocking/pecking sound coming from outside. We have a wren house under the eaves, and it appears the nest-building season has begun!)

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Mike_Smith
13 Feb 2013 - 9:00 PM

Great inflight shot Ron, ill be going to my local falconry centre next month when they open for the new season

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 9:01 PM

A lot of tracking skill has gone in to the making of this image---along with careful focus and camera settings!

Well done here!

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 9:17 PM

A super inflight capture Ron.....Sandy

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 9:22 PM

Great composition, pose and feel to this Ronnie; and a wonderful bird

David

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 9:32 PM

Stunning inflight capture of a very regal looking bird, Ron. Beautifully timed and taken.
Sylvia

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 10:49 PM

Thank you all very much.
Ron

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
14 Feb 2013 - 11:21 AM

An excellent photo well taken like these birds, very good in flight detail, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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User_Removed
14 Feb 2013 - 2:04 PM

A super detailed action capture, I think it deserves the famous Deefer Award. Smile

Lucien.

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 - 2:37 PM

An amazinly sharp in flight capture . Very well done indeed
Steve

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2013 - 3:35 PM

What a great action shot.

(PS..I toned the background color down, just for you....I agree it was a bit over powering!)

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
14 Feb 2013 - 7:12 PM

Perfect pose

Peter

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2013 - 8:44 PM

A super in-flight shot
Ju

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91909 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2013 - 9:03 PM

Wonderful in flight pose Ron.
Brian.

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footloose
footloose  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 9:15 AM

Perfect timing on this one,great image.
Dennis

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 8:10 PM

Stunning flight shot cracking detail
mike

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 12:12 PM

Great timing and exposure Ron
Richard

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 - 4:47 PM

What a top notch shot Ron, sorry i missed the chance to give you a UA.
Brian

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milky
milky e2 Member 11milky vcard Wales
18 Feb 2013 - 11:50 PM

Stunning capture Ron nice detail & excellent work--------MilkyWink

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 8:42 PM

Gorgeous in-Flight Shot! ~ Peter

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