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Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Haliaeetus leucocephalus
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-17 5:42
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Update: under the tip of the wing there's sensor dust involved. Forgotten retouching...)-:

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), also known in the United States as the American Eagle, is a bird of prey found in North America, most recognizable as the national bird of the United States.

The species was on the brink of extirpation in the US late in the 20th century, but now has a stable population and is in the process of being removed from the U.S. federal government's list of endangered species. The Bald Eagle was officially reclassified from "Endangered" to "Threatened" on July 12, 1995 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. On July 6, 1999, there was a proposal initiated "To Remove the Bald Eagle in the Lower 48 States From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife." The Rule has yet to be passed.

This sea-eagle gets both its common and scientific names from the distinctive appearance of the adult's head. Bald in the English name is derived from the word piebald, and refers to the white head and tail feathers and their contrast with the darker body. The scientific name is derived from Haliaeetus, New Latin for "sea eagle," (from the Ancient Greek haliaetos) and leucocephalus, Latinized Ancient Greek for "white head", from leukos ("white") and kephale ("head").

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Shooting Date/Time
13/05/2007 14:19:32
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
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Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
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Autoexposure Bracketing
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  • mithun (0)
  • [2007-05-17 5:48]

Simply spot one . great compo.Bit dark for the weather perhaps but a great moment to capture.
regards from INDIA

Hi Annick

Awesome! The details are fantastic. Congrats!! :-)

Muy buenas Annick
Impresionante vuelo el que conseguiste de esta aguila calva.
Mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-05-17 6:19]

Dag Annick.
Mooi moment vastgelegd van deze imposante vogel. Vooral de kop springt er voor mij uit. Overigens lijke ze altijd kwaad te kijken.
Gr. Hans


This is so nice Annick. These are always difficult, and you have captured it so well. Very good shutter speed, that is what made this picture. Very well done.


Bonjour Annick,
Très belle capture de ce magnifique rapace, excellent netteté d'image.
Good framing and beautiful colours, very good shot..!
Bien à toi et bonne journée.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-17 9:01]

Hi Annick,
A very handsome pose :o) You have captured this beautiful raptor in a very nice pose. I liked the details of the wings. Good in-flight shot. TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-17 9:06]

Hi Annick,
a superb in-flight shot with good composition and amazing detail.
Well done,

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-05-17 13:03]

Bonjour Annick
Très belle prise de cet aigle, excellente netteté, cadrage, composition et attitude du sujet.
Amicalement Robi

bonjour Annick

très belle capture de cet aigle en vol,
belle netteté et j'aimes le regard de l'aigle

j'ai encore de la difficulté à faire des photos
d'oiseaux en vol dans le ciel, mais j'ai remarqué
une chose l'oiseau sort meilleur quand le ciel
est gris que quand le ciel est bleu (c'est mon point de vue)

c'est le cas avec ta photo, bravo pour cette superbe photo


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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-05-17 15:06]

Hi Annick,
and WOW! Well timed shot, with sharp detail and a very eyecatching posture.
Beautiful indeed!

Ha Annick,

Perfect shot of this inflight Bald eagle
Goed scherp en hele mooie vleugel details
perfecte belichting

TFS Thijs

Exceptional capture, nice movement without the loss of detail, well done indeed!


Hi Annick,
Looks good to me. It's the type of picture I like to see.
I love the upturned wing tips which show the bird is actually flying under power and not just gliding.
Well done.

Beautiful pose - graceful but powerful. YOu captured that essence. I love the wing tips - turned up feather.
And the determined look on the eagle's face is the final touch to a great photo. Technically great but artistically awesome!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-21 11:41]

Hi Annick

This is something a bit different from you :) A nice break from all the portraits (don't get me wrong, i love them too).
I really like the sharpness and the close-up level you managed to get here, considerring that you didn't use a very long zoom lens.
The pose of the eagle is also amazing and the short shutter really helped you freeze the entire action.
Terrific work!

Bravo and TFS

Ah! Impressionnat, grandiose, et tellement clair.

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