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Philippine Hawk-Eagle
(a Philippine endemic, immature)

Scientific name - Spizaetus philippensis

Habitat - Uncommon in forest from the lowlands to over 1900 m.

[20D + 500 f4 L IS + Canon 1.4x TC, hand held]

Canon EOS 20D
1/320s f/6.3 at 700.0mm iso800 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original auto
Guest 21-Oct-2007 02:24
Romy - you are a legend in your own time.

What amazing patience you have for the sport of bird photography.
Guest 27-Jul-2007 09:42
laudable effort!
romy ocon10-Jan-2007 04:41
This was shot hand held at Subic rainforest from in excess of 100 feet away. The bird was perched with its back to me, then suddenly it turned around to face me. I let go of a burst, and one frame caught it while it was raising its wings to balance itself. Shooting against the light with high ISO is one of my worst nightmares. While the lousy background and foreground makes this capture far from aesthetically pleasing, it somehow barges into my Top endemics list because of the rarity of this raptor. It's not easy to find this bird, much less approach and photograph it in its natural habitat.
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