Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Raptors

Raptors

 
Raptors of Singapore

 

A7R4 in APS-C mode
A1 12 Jun 2022

 

FE 200-600/5.6-6.3 G
GM 600/4. 10 Sept 2022

 

MT190CXPRO3/BHQ2
190XPROB/GHFG1.  14 Dec 2021
MT190CXPRO3/GHFG1. May 2022

 

 

 

 

Peregrine Falcon

Adults are dark grey on upperparts, with a distinct dark moustachial stripe. Underparts are white, with finely streaked dark grey on breast and barred on belly. The fastest raptor. Hard to find one. Hard to photograph one.

F.p.japonensis, f10 1/125  ISO 100, FE 200-600/5.6-6.3 G @600mm, 190B/GHFG1, 22 Dec 2021

 

F.p.japonensis, f8 1/2000. ISO 1600, GM600. TC 1.4x, Eagle Point, 9 Nov 2022

 

F.p.japonensis, f8 1/2000. ISO 1600, GM600. TC 1.4x, Eagle Point, 9 Nov 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Grey-headed Fish Eagle

A robust looking raptor wiht distinct grey head. Brown breast, well demarcated from white belly and undertail. Tail white with black terminal band. Young birds are less strongly marked and streaked, but lower belly white.

Adult, A7R2, f8 1/800. @492mm, APS-C mode, TC 1.4, ISO 800, Swan Lake, 11 Oct 2019

 

 

Juvenile, A7R2, f5.6 1/800. @600mm, APS-C mode, TC 1.4, ISO 800, Swan Lake, 11 Oct 2019

 

Juvenile, f8 1/500. @600mm, ISO 400, Botanic Garden Learning Forest Carpark, 16 Aug 2021

 

A6400, f8 1/500. @600mm, ISO 500, Singapore Quarry, 15 Sept 2021

 

f11 1/500. @600mm, TC 1.4x, ISO 640, Sungei Ulu Pandan, Faber Heights, 27 Jul 2022

 

f8 1/2000. ISO 2500, GM 600. TC 1.4x, Platform 2, 4 Oct 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Baza

A small, black and white raptor with long erect crest. Head and upperparts mostly black, with prominant white patch on breast and chestnut barring on belly. Undertail coveryts black. In flight, wings appear broad, rounded at the end, abd narrower at the base. Black undertail and underwings coverts most visible in flight.

A6400, f8 1/500. @600mm, ISO 800, Changi Business Park Bus Termina, 4 Feb 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Black-winged Kite

A small, pale,  red-eyed raptor of open country. Head and underparts mostly white, upperparts and wings pale grey, with prominant black wing coverts. Wings extend beyond tail when perched. In flight, balck undersides of flight feathers diagnostic. Young birds are browner tinged and have a buff patch on breast.

A6400, f11 1/640. @600mm, ISO 400, Neo Tiew Harvest Lane, 26 Sept 2021

 

Juvenile, f8 1/3200. ISO 2000, GM600. TC1.4x, Gardens by the Bay, The Meadow, 24 Nov 2022

 

Juvenile, f8 1/3200. ISO 2000, GM600. TC1.4x, Gardens by the Bay, The Meadow, 24 Nov 2022

 

Juvenile, f8 1/3200. ISO 2500, GM600. TC1.4x, Gardens by the Bay, The Meadow, 24 Nov 2022

 

Juvenile, f8 1/3200. ISO 2000, GM600. TC1.4x, Gardens by the Bay, The Meadow, 24 Nov 2022

 

Juvenile, f9 1/1600. ISO 800, GM600. TC1.4x, Gardens by the Bay, The Meadow, 24 Nov 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Crested Goshawk

A medium size, robust looking raptor wiht a short crest. Head grey with distinct throat stripe, back and wings dark brown. Breast streaked brown. Belly barred rufous. Female has darker, more spot like streaks. In flight, note broad rounded wings, black banding across flight feathers, equal width black and white tail bands and white fluffy vent. Young birds browner with underparts mostly streaked brown.

Male, f7.1 1/500. @600mm, ISO 1250, Pasir Ris Car Park D, 29 July 2021

 

Male, f7.1 1/500. @582mm, ISO 1600, Pasir Ris Car Park D, 29 July 2021

 

Female, f8 1/500. @565mm, ISO 1600, Pasir Ris Car Park D, 29 July 2021

 

A6400, f6.3 1/500. @600mm, ISO 1000, Sin Ming Road Blk 24, MT190CXPRO3/BHQ2, 2 Feb 2021

 

Juvenile(non-yellowish eyes), A6400, f6.3 1/250. @600mm, ISO 1600, Sin Ming Road Blk 24, MT190CXPRO3/BHQ2, 2 Feb 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Amur Falcon

Male resembles adult Peregrine Falcon but is smaller and has diagnostic red eyering, cere and feet, pale grey underparts and rufous-chestnut vent. Female has dark streaked underparts, barred uppertail-coverts and buffy white vent. Juvenile resembles female but has pale yelow eyering and cere.

f8 1/1600. @600mm, ISO 1600, Punggol Promenade Nature Park, 4 Dec 2022

 

f8 1/1600. @600mm, ISO 1600, Punggol Promenade Nature Park, 4 Dec 2022

 

f8 1/1600. @600mm, ISO 1600, Punggol Promenade Nature Park, 4 Dec 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Sparrowhawk

A small raptor, similar to Chinese Sparrowhawk. Adult male grey on upperparts and white on underparts with faint orange barring on breast. Adult female has dark barrings on the breast. Young birds have dark brown upperparts with breast streaking and belly barrings. In flight, wings lack black tips to primaries, unlike Chinese Sparrowhawk, and tail shows broad dark terminal band.

f8 1/3200. ISO 1250, GM 600. TC 1.4x, S Buloh Wetland Reserve Platform 1, 11 Nov 2022

 

A6400, f8 1/3200. @600mm, ISO 1600, Hampstead Wetlands Park, 5 Dec 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Crested Serpent Eagle

An unmistakable medium size raptor with distinct black crest and yellow face. Plumage dark brown, with spotting on breast and belly, tail black with broad central band. In flight, underwing coverts brown with conspicuous black and white banding on flight feathers and tail. Juveniles are brown, with finely streaked white underparts and two white bands on black tail. Critically endangered resident raptors.

f8 1/640. GM600, ISO 800, Woodlands Waterfront, 24 Sept 2022

 

f8 1/1600. GM600, ISO 2500, Woodlands Waterfront, 24 Sept 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changeable Hawk-Eagle

A medium size, highly variable raptor, sometimes confused with Crested Honey Buzzard. Pale morph birds are light brown on the head with a small crest, dark brown on the wongs and white on the underparts with bold streaking to the belly. Dark morph birds are uniformly dusky brown. In flight, note broad wings slightly tapered at base.

f10 1/3200. ISO 1250, GM600. TC 1.4x, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Platform 1, 11 Oct 2022

 

Juvenile, f11 1/320. ISO 1250, GM600  TC 2x, Woodlands Waterfront, 21 Oct 2022

 

f8 1/3200. ISO 800, GM600. TC 1.4x, Eagle Point, 11 Nov 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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