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Eagle from Košutnjak and his captor

Eagle from Košutnjak and his captor, © Photoarchive Borbaenlarge


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Object:Eagle from Košutnjak and his captor
Description:Indoor shot of a young man posing with a large eagle on his lap. The man is sitting on a chair with his body almost completely hidden by the eagle’s spread wings. He looks determinedly into the camera, holding the bird’s throat in his left hand. The bird’s head is also turned towards the camera. Another young man is standing in the right corner of the room, dressed in a dark suit, a shirt and a flat cap.
Comment:The bird is alive and probably trying to escape from the man’s grip. The man is Vladimir Grubač, a railway official originating from Nikšić, who caught the bird of prey in the woods at Košutnjak Hill on the fringes of Belgrade with the aid of a trap and a field mouse lure. According to his statement, the eagle had a wingspan of two metres, weighed 18 kilogrammes and was supposedly over one hundred years old. The photograph appeared in the newspaper Vreme, in the section titled 'Belgrade Chronicle'.
Location:Belgrade, Košutnjak
Country:Serbia (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Type:Photographic plate
Creator:Grdijan, Svetozar (probably)
Dimensions:Negative: 90mm x 130mm
Keywords:220 Food Quest > 223 Fowling
230 Animal Husbandry
550 Individuation and Mobility > 551 Personal Names
820 Ideas about Nature and Man
Bibliography:Redak lov jednog železničkog činovnika. Vreme 2668, 30 May 1929, 9.
Copyright:Photoarchive Borba
Archive:Borba fotodokumentacija, Belgrade (Collection Vreme), Inv. No.: Borba0009
Editors:Milanka Matić, Nataša Mišković