African White-necked Raven I by Joseph T. Meirose IV
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A 2 week old African White-necked Raven. My friend, who is a Master Falconer, has a mature mated pair and this is their first offspring. This beauty has tripled his weight in the last three days.

A Bird of Prey, they prefer open, mountainous country. It is quite commonly found in small towns and villages as long as there are mountains or hills for roosting and nesting relatively nearby. It has been seen to drop a tortoise from a height on to hard ground, preferably on rocks, and then swoop down to eat it, or even pick it up again if not sufficiently broken.

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Nikon D700
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
f/4.5, 1/4000, ISO 670, @44mm, RAW

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africa, african, white necked, raven, white, neck, bird, bop, prey

Comments

  • Don Alexander Lumsden (Echo7)
    Don Alexander ...over 3 years ago

    Now thats a closeup bud. Stunning . Love the light filtering through the gullet

  • Thanks, Don.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    What a brilliant shot! Well done!

  • Hi Donna. Thank you.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    WHAT A GIFT BEAUTIFUL…..SO GOOD THIS CLOSE UP ALL GOODNESS ALWAYS

  • Wish you well, Norma Jean. Thanks.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Alessandra Antonini
    Alessandra Ant...over 3 years ago

    Wow, hungry? nice capture Joe

  • Thanks. He (no idea of the sex yet), eats like crazy. Cheers and thanks for checking it out.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 3 years ago

    absolutely weird! lol. baby birds without feathers are not very attractive! lol. great shot Joe ;)

  • lol, I know. It was sorta shocking seeing him the first time. His mouth gets HUGE too. Thanks.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Oh my Joe what a fabulous capture! Best wishes to this little baby, not beautiful but really is in a sense! Excellent shot and info!

  • Thanks, Tina. The way he reaches up and opens his mouth so very wide took my breath away the first time I saw him. How they survive, heck – thrive, in the wild is amazing to me. Cheers.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 3 years ago
  • Thrilled, thank you very much for your support and recognition. Cheers.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Cheers!

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Joe

  • Thanks a lot, Roy.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 3 years ago

    fabulous, fabulous capture .. perfect photographic image … detail, exposure … the whole thing!!! WOW!!!

  • Well, thank you, Lois. It is great fun photographing these birds. Cheers. :)

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

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