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The Steppe Eagle, (Aquila nipalensis), is a bird of prey. It is about 6281 cm (2432 in) in length and has a wingspan of 165200 cm (6579 in). Females, weighing 2.3-4.9 kg (5-10.8 lbs), are slightly larger than males, at 2-3.5 kg (4.4-7.7 lbs). Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the non-migratory Tawny Eagle, Aquila rapax, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy (Clark, 1992; Olson, 1994; Sangsteret al., 2002); two molecular studies, each based on a very small number of genes, indicate that the species are distinct but disagree over how closely related they are[1].
The Steppe Eagle breeds from Romania east through the south Russian and Central Asian steppes to Mongolia. The European and Central Asian birds winter in Africa, and the eastern birds in India. It lays 1-3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree. Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats, such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah.
This is a large eagle with brown upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. This species is larger and darker than the Tawny Eagle, and it has a pale throat which is lacking in that species.
Immature birds are less contrasted than adults, but both show a range of variation in plumage colour. The eastern race A. n. nipalensis is larger and darker than the European and Central Asian A. n. orientalis.
Large numbers are seen at certain places such as Khare in Nepal during migration. As many as 15.3 birds per hour during October and November have been noted.[2]
The Steppe Eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill rodents and other small mammals up to the size of a hare, and birds up to the size of partridges. It will also steal food from other raptors.
The call of the Steppe Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.
The Steppe Eagle is the national animal of Kazakhstan and can be seen on the Flag of Kazakhstan.
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014   Writer
Nice close-up :)
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Kyta-Satora Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
DAT FACE
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stockstouse Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Wow, this eagle's eye is identical to mine :)
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jiu-yue-shi Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
I like how you captured its eye and the lighting on some of its feathers!
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ValdesBG Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It was really difficult to capture a nice shot, cuz this birdy was constantly moving around :)

However I managed to get one :)
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meihua Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
This is a lovely closeup!
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ValdesBG Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, one of my favorites :)
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WIRTA Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
awesome angle and capture nice nice :clap:
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ValdesBG Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you my friend :)
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WIRTA Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
no problem! :)
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savvinaakm Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
great shot awsome details
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ValdesBG Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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Ellemra Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Woa the eyes, AMAZING eyes and AMAZING shot . *O*
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ValdesBG Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
YEah..the eyes was the main thing I wanted to capture in this shot :)
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jey6 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Photographer
Много, много добро, обаче не прекалявай със наситеноста на цветовете.
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ValdesBG Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Хехе, добре :) Ще го имам предвид :)

Ти имаш ли още снимки на мух-ове?
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ZoeQuinn Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
gorgeous capture, I love the depth of field you used to bring the viewer's eye to the eagle's
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ValdesBG Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe, thank you my friend :)

It was difficult to shoot, cuz this birdy was constantly moving around :)

I`m happy with the result.
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