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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: 2007-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-21 16:19
Viewed: 3206
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Recently there was a bit of a discussion whether this is a steppe eagle or a golden eagle.
I still think this is a steppe eagle. At least this is the information I got from the 'trainers'..
It is taken during a bird of prey show in 'Safaripark Beekse bergen'

Shooting Date/Time
14/07/2007 14:03:18
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EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
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Wow! What an impressive shot of this guy dear Annick? How managed you to capture it like a faultless shot? No more words just ADMIRABLE!!!


This is a great portrait Annick with superb details, colors and composition. Those birds look so proud :) Well done and TFS,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-21 17:45]

Nice portrait. There is great intensity in the eyes. Beautiful natural colors, outstanding focus, and very nice DOF against pleasing background. Bravo!

Excellent portrait of this Eagle Annick. Such wonderful detail can be seen. Impressive image.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-21 18:12]

Hola Annick. Gran claridad y nitidez en esta foto. Exelente. Luis52.

Hi Annick,
A nicely captured portrait of this eagle. Not sure what type it is. Excellent composition and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Annick,
This is a Steppe Eagle for sure!!!!
Beautiful portrait with wonderful feather details, and soft green color tones in the BG.
Lovely pose of the bird.
A little harsh lighted on the beak and top of the head, but that's just a minor flaw.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-21 22:12]

Hello Annick

I have some experience with golden eagles, I saved one once that had a broken wing.This looks very similar to a golden eagle,but the beak colour in this photo appears a brighter yellow much more like a Steppe eagle.I do not have any experience with Steppe eagles but they seem not to be as dark as the golden eagle either.Very good detail with sharp focus.The colours are very good.I have a golden eagle shot very similar(pose) to this shot(though not as good),I should post it for you.TFS


Beautiful portrait. You have a real knack for getting "that look" in the creatures you photograph. The look that says it all. Lovely POV, beautiful colors, wonderful detail and that eye is simply stunning. DOF works so well to accentuate the subject with that great BG. Well done !

TFS, Mish

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-22 1:43]

Hello Annick,
Couldn't resist this superb close portrait of a Steppe Eagle with fine detail against a great neutral BG. Possibly a little OE around the base of the beak, but its a fine shot.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-22 2:14]

This is no Golden Eagle.
The feathers on the neck are too large to be a Golden Eagle.
The Golden Eagle as smaller feathers.
Sharp with great detail.
Well done,

Hi Annick, splendid portrait with great sharpness and wonderful detaild, beautiful blurry BG, very well done, have a great sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-22 5:21]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful portrait shot of this Steppe Eagle. Very neat and sharp details on its plumage and lovely colours. The neutral BG highlights it and the lighting is just great. Excellent POV to capture this fine pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

selam annick, wow excellent close up shot and very good composition of this eagle nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

Hello Annick,
Excellent profile portrait, just a tad bright on the beak there. The eye is clear and sharp :)
Well done!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-22 7:32]

Hi Annick

Beautiful shot. I love the intense look with the stretched neck. Stunning details, great POV and perfect DOF as ever.



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  • sisir Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 5] (103)
  • [2007-07-22 8:45]

Hi Annick,

This is an amazing shot. I liked the plain background, sharp details and colour.

Regards... Sisir

Great closeup of an intense expression. Very well focused and sharp. Well done. Reid

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  • alby65 (143)
  • [2007-07-22 13:59]

Favoloso scatto,ottimi nitidezza e sfondo!!!
Complimenti !!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-27 10:46]

Stunning composition, colours and details -- an amazing shot from start to finish

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