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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bald eagles head [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-04 4:53
Viewed: 5653
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 70
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Here in Alsace, in a small village called Kintzheim, we have a Prey birds center. It is located in the ruins of a medieval castle, on the top od a wooded hill, and it's one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The view from up there is awesome, and the old walls, aged almost 1000 years, still stand very strong. And here, in this splendid environment, you can see the most beautiful birds of the world.

I visited this place last wednesday, and im ot going to forget it. These birds are huge, and really impressive - such a sharp look ! Some of the vultures had a wingspan of more than 3 meters, can you imagine how big this is ? i was reallt amazed.

Then there was a show with flying birds - the flight of the Brown Vulture was the most impressive, he was flying so low that he almost touched our hair with his claws. We saw a lot of interesting things, and I learned a lot about Prey Birds, and it was a wonderful day.

Only one thing was very sad : I learned that almost all Prey Birds throughout the world are endangered. What a sad news. These birds belong to the most beautiful creature on this earth, in my opinion. They are strong and mighty, they are impressive, they are useful, and for me they are a perfect symbol of liberty and freedom, and it would be a terrible loss if they would disappear from our Earth.

This one is a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), one of the biggest eagles in the world. It is native from North America and it has become the symbol of the USA. He is fishing on the lakes but he also eats some small birds or mammals. A wonderful bird, so beautiful, so strong, and these eyes ! Wow ! I already know that i will come again to visit this place. :-)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-04 5:40]

Hi Valerie.
It is very nice portrait with great details.Beautiful colours and fine light.Very nice contrast opposite dark background.Great work,really!! Thank you for sharing.
Greetings Milos

salut valerie
je savais qu'il y avait des rapaces en alsace mais je croyais que c'etait au chateau du haut koenigsbourg!
toujours est il que ce portrait est magnifiquement detaillé et net.une vraie sculture.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-11-04 5:53]

Bonjour Valérie,
Magnifique portrait d'aigle américain que tu nous présentes ici. Quelle expression!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-04 6:11]

Hi Valerie

A truely superb portrait of this bald eagle!
The POV is excellent and his pose is impressive.
Very well exposed, framed and composed.
It's very nice to hear that there are such beautiful places in the world - mixing history with nature at its finest :)
Also...sad but true - most large birds of prey really are endangered :(
Anyway, a magnificent post!
Bravo and TFS

Hi Valerie,
what a lovely post, the pov is very good. the dof is nice. the focus, sharpness contrast and colours are very good. the blurred bgsuits the shot well. the lighting is just right. a very nice portrait of bald Eagle.

Hi Valerie,
Good capture. Everything okay but it seems -it is not a critique- a bit or it tends to be a little bit underexposed. But forget that one..
So good image in all it aspects:-)

Hi Valerie,
Excellent close up shot of this bald eagle. Great sharpness and very neat BG. The eye is very impressive. Well done.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-04 7:33]

Hi Valerie.
Excellent portrait of this majestic bird. You have managed to reflect its mood perfectly. Noble pose, wonderful composition, rich colorful BG with very suitable colour tones. Bravo.

Hi Valerie,

Exellent shot of Bald eagle
great composition, lightning, sharpness, details, POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

bonjour Valerie , il est superbe le gros plan bonne lumière excellent contraste rien a dire si ce n'est .... encore .....et merci

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2006-11-04 8:20]

Bonjour Valérie,

superbe prise de vue, les détails sont vraiment excellents.


Une photo magnifique comme toujours avec toi :-D

Hello Valerie!
I envy you for watching such an impressive display of birds of prey in Alsace.
Thanks for sharing a bit of your experience through this lovely portrait of a Bald Eagle (though I always wonder why it is called "bald" despite that powerful head covered with fluffy feathers).
A fantastic portrait that brings out the beauty and fierceness of this bird extremely effectively.
I share your concern for the threat of extinction to this bird; the earth will certainly be poorer without it.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-04 10:45]

Hello Valerie,
What a beautiful portrait.I liked POV,details,proud expression on face,clear eyes,lighting,dark BG and composition a lot.Excellent work!Have a great weekend...

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-04 11:19]

Hi Valerie.
Nice portrait. Looks like he is posing for you.
Good sharpness, colours, composition, pov and good contrast with the dark bg.
tfs paula

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-04 11:58]

Hola Valerie,
Un retrato impecable de esta bella águila. Iluminación, detalles, nitidez, pose y fondo insuperables. Comparto contigo que es una pena que queden tan pocas águilas, pero es que la expansión del ser humano no conoce límites.
Un saludo, José M.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-04 12:45]

Bonjour Valerie!

Wow, this is professional work! One of your best pictures. Perfect portrait of this big predator. Excellent details and proud pose. Everything's great!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-04 13:57]

Perfect outline of this beautiful bird Valerie.

I like it a lot: composition, focus, sharpness, POV, DOF, background, framing, color, lighting, PP, notes.

I don't like it: the lack of the values of the image.

The imposing posture and their penetrating glance are very well depicted here.
TFS and regards... Ricardo

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-11-04 18:01]

hello Valerie
lucky day for you; it is giving superb exposure to you. excellent eagle portrait photo. point of view, colours, sharpness, details and note are great

Hallo Valerie,
A wonderful portrait of the eagle!
I think you capture what is essential about this majestic bird, his pride is very much visible in the image...
Wonderful colours and fine details in the plumage, very well done on composition!
Pablo -

Wow! Valérie, this is an awesome shot! Looks like an Adrian's work. pov, framing, sharpness are amazing! Colours similarity on the eagle and bg, superb brown tones also. Head position a little bit up, made the portrait exceptional!
Bravo and TFS!

Hi Valerie,
Serious looking face. Sharp and clearly seen picture. Beautifully composed. TFS.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-11-06 7:53]

great portrait! very well focused and detailed. nice colors. tfs

Magnifique,cet annimal est royal,il est fier. Très belle photo et le workshop est superbe,les détails ressortent mieu. Thomas

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-07 3:25]

Bonjour Valérie,
Ces jours avec mes travaux de rénovation qui continuent, j'ai été un peu absent de TN, et je découvre avec plaisir ce magnifique portrait. Cet aigle est impressionnant. Les teintes chaudes sont plaisantes. La netteté est correcte, la PdC et le fond sont bons.
Compliments !

bonsoir VALERIE
encore et toujours une parfaite réussite, bonnes couleurs et détails excellent
bravo et merci du partage

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-08 18:08]

Hello Valerie,
a wonderful eagle portrait you captured. The pose is very nice and you choose your POV very well. Sharpness, details and colors are very nice. Very well done.

Salut Valérie
J'ai manqué cette prise,mon rêve de voir un bel aigle a cette distance ne s'est pas réalisé encore, tu as de la chance.L'éclairage est bon et fait bien ressortir les détails.

Félicitations pour cette belle prise ....JP

Bonjour Valérie,
Ce portrait est magnifique car il fait ressortir parfaitement le port de tête majestueux de ce pygargue à tête blanche. Hélas, nous ne pouvons le voir en Europe qu'en captivité, mais vous avez eu de la chance de pouvoir le photographier aussi bien. Votre note est très intéressante. Merci.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-11-23 23:31]

Hello Valerie,
One of my favourite subjects. This is a lovely shot, a perfect exposure (not easy with these Eagles) gives us detail in both the brightest and darkest areas. Great detail and good focus on the eye, good DOF with a perfect neutral and natural background.

The Bird of Prey centre you visited sounds great, we have a popular castle here in the UK at Warwick where a local Raptor centre flies Eagles and Vultures. It's wonderful to see them flying in such a setting.

Great shot!

Hello Valerie,
Superb portrait, as everyone said. Everything's great except colors (for my taste), they're a little bit warm. Just one grade back in PP and this is the photo of the month - the workshop stuff perfectly shows what I'm talking about. Congrats, otherwise, before forgetting. Keep up Your quality work.

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-12-08 13:00]

Hi Val,

I think bald eagles are very impressive birds and you've made an excellent capture here.
It's a great portrait with beautiful colours, very good sharpness and details.
It's an magnificent picture!
Thanks for sharing.

Greetings, Nel

Hi Valerie,

Good shot. Good composition, sharpness. I like the framing too.
Well done and Merry Christmas

Hi Valerie, superb prortrait capture of this Bald Eagle in a fine composition and lovely pose. Deatils and colours are impressive.
TFS MF! Have a nice day!


Ciao Valerie,
très beau portrait de ce fier rapace, très bonne netteté et parfaite composition, less couleurs sont très belles, j'adore les oiseaux de proie.
Merci et félicitations

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-05 1:27]

Hi Valerie,
this is top class shot. Very sharp and clear portrait of the eaglu.
excellent presentation in its brilliant production.


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