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Great Black Hawk

Great Black Hawk
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS, Birds of PERU [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-05 9:22
Viewed: 5183
Points: 40
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Great Black Hawk
Buteogallus urubitinga

I know about the branches... But they are everywhere in a jungle...

*The Great Black Hawk, Buteogallus urubitinga, is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes the eagles, hawks and Old World vultures.

The Great Black Hawk is a resident breeding bird in the tropical New World, from Mexico through Central America to Peru, Trinidad and northern Argentina. It resembles the Common Black Hawk, but is larger with a different call and tail pattern.

This is a mainly coastal bird of forest and open woodland near water. It builds a large stick nest in a tree, and usually lays one dark-blotched whitish egg.

The adult Great Black Hawk is 56 to 64 centimeters long and weighs 1.1 kilograms. It has very broad wings, and is mainly black. The short tail is white with a broad black tip. The bill is black and the legs and cere are yellow.

The sexes are similar, but immature birds are dark brown above with spotting and streaks. Their underparts are buff with dark spots, and the tail has a number of black and dusky bars. The call of Great Black Hawk is a distinctive piping ooo-wheeeeee.

The Great Black Hawk feeds mainly on reptiles, other small vertebrates and large insects, often hunted on foot. This species is often seen soaring above woodlands.
(*source: Wikipedia)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-05 9:48]

Hello Selen,
What an impressive bird of prey that is quite new to me. Excellent capture showing it in a fine pose and in sharp details and natural colours. Interesting note too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-05 9:52]
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Hello Selen,
The branches and the busy rainforest BG don't prevent a sharp and detailed view of this Great Black Hawk taken from a fine POV with excellent use of flash in the poor light.
TFS this fine (new for TN?) image,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-05 10:25]

Hello Selen,
What a unique catch! Difficult to find and to photograph, I think. Great close photo!
Beautiful colours and excellent sharp details.
Fantastic POV, pose and composition.
Kind regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-05 10:31]

Hi Selen. Nature often puts things in are way. This does not distract from the Great Black Hawk. You have captured it well in the jungle. Your picture shows good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Hi Selen,

A well seen image in difficult conditions. Good detail and focus on the plumage, eye and beak.



  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-05 11:59]

merhaba selen
nefis tür harika çekim
dallar olsa da güzel bence
gözdeki flaş hoş etki yaratmış
çok net bir çekim
eline sağlık

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-05 12:35]

Hi Selen

What a lovely sight. The branches do not distract from the image because it just matches the natural setting. Nicely sharp and detailed and a lovely pose



You are the queen of flight..or creatures therein..and your above the clouds images are pretty nifty as well..this is a fine one..I see or figure that many in your native country like this type of aviary....quite a few posts in this genre...very well done Selen E!!

Peru serisini ilgiyle ve beğenerek izliyorum. elinize sağlık Selen hanım. devamını da merakla bekliyorum. selamlar.

Hi Selen,

For the mear fact you’re in the jungle, under a canopy, in difficult lighting conditions, this is just an excellent catch of this stunning looking bird of prey, the detail is superb, and I only wish to get this good, just wonderful.

t.f.s Rick :)

  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-05 23:43]

Hi Selen,
Wonderful shot of this Great Black Hawk in its natural domain. Very neat and sharp image with perfect lighting and exposure levels. I like this natural surrounding and the calm posture it presents. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

Selen dostum,
I'm back in Izmir for a couple of days and noticed your fine tele-shot of this splendid hawk specimen, you've succesfully rendered the branches in the foreground OOF by utilizing the largest aperture available to you, selectively focusing on the bird,and the exposure is perfect to glean maximal detail on the dark plumage. Alltogether a product of good expertise, TFS indeed!

Selam selen hanım, Peru sandığından güzel bir enstantane. Bakışlar çok tatlı:) Elinize sağlık.

Hello Selen,
Branches are everywhere in the jungle:-). I guess the focus is important here and it must be said that the Great black hawk is overall Great. And the Black is technically well done. Finally I hope I wasn't too Hawkish concerning my critique:-).
Well done
Thanks for sharing

There are times when the branches have to be there, or you do not get the shot. I like to see the species and the natural surroundings too.Especially when I have never seen one before.The flash gave you some nice light Selen.
Be safe:)

Merhaba Selen, beautiful bird, great details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-08 17:58]

Hello Selen! Very good capture of the Black Hawk! Very sharp and well exposed. Well framed and full of great details! Well done, thanks!


Hola Selen,
Excelente captura muy natural y con una simpática pose, buena definición con muchos detalles sobre todo con la dificultad de conseguir esta magnífica foto entre la vegetación, gracias por compartirla, saludos
José Ramón

hello selen,
nice capture of the black hawk, the image is sharp with good details of the plumage, the colors are natural and the composition is fine, all the hawks are great predators,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-10 9:13]

Hi Selen.
What a nice natural scene and picture. Simply amazing bird, expressive pose and glance of the hawk. Exposure and details of all its attractive details are spot on. Busy BG is very natural for your majestic hero too. Bravo. Well done.

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