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Upside Down

Upside Down
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Copyright: Harry Eggens (Proframe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikon 300mm F2.8 AF-I, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II), Birds In Flight Part Two, My favourite birds of prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-04 2:42
Viewed: 8157
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all many thanks to each and every one who did take a look and those who did comment greatly on my previous uploads. Much appreciated.

Shot of this White Tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) taken while traveling on board a small boat through the fjords of the Province of Nord Trondelag in Norway.

Normally they are easy floating on the wind high up on the sky now and again turning there head down to see if there's some fish dinner down there in the water, and if they see something wich looks good they turn around in a split second and come down like a cannon-ball :)


From www.birdguides.com

English: White-tailed Eagle, Danish: Hav°rn, Dutch: Zeearend, Finish:
Merikotka, French: Pygargue Ó queue blanche, German: Seeadler, Italian: Aquila di mare, Norwegian: Hav°rn, Spanish: Pigargo, Swedish: Havs÷rn

The White-tailed is the largest and most impressive of the European eagles, appearing altogether bulkier and more vulture-like than the Golden Eagle. Adults are, of course, quite unmistakeable with their short gleaming white tails but its worth studying their outline to help you to identify a duller-plumaged immature bird. The whole shape of the bird is dominated by the massive wings, making the tail rather inconsequential. The outer primaries seem to bulge out further than the inner ones creating 'club-ended wings'. If the bird is seen in level flight, look at how the big head and massive beak protrude forwards. Plumage features which also help to separate immatures from other eagles are the pale stripes down the tail and the blotchy, ill-defined pale areas on both the upperwing and underwing but especially under the 'armpits'.

Resident in coastal areas and some inland wetlands. Winters at additional sites such as reservoirs and fishponds.

Widespread in Scotland and the Lake District in the 18th Century, the species was wiped out by persecution and became extinct in Britain by 1916. A series of re-introduction programs from 1975 onwards to the Island of Rhum in the Inner Hebrides, resulted in the first successful breeding in 1985. Birds are now more scattered along the west coast of Scotland. In 1992 a re-introduction programme was initiated on the west coast of Ireland. Scandinavian birds are seen less than annually in the east of England.

Probably most numerous around the Norwegian fjords, especially in winter when up to 100 birds have sometimes been counted (eg at Saltstraumen, near Mo I Rana where groups of up to 20 birds can be seen). They can also be numerous at wetlands inlandsuch as on the Hortobagy (Hungary) and Kopacki Rit (Croatia) where numbers reach double figures in winter. Two of the most accessible sites are at the Lac du der Chantecoq (France) and the Oostvaardersplassen (Holland) where birds can be expected in winter. Another particularly good area is the Oder delta where up to 150 birds winter.
In Scotland, roughly 10 pairs lay clutches each year.
The European population is about 2400 pairs, with 1 500 pairs in Norway alone Russian population 900-1100 Turkish population 10-30.

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments.
Kind regards and have a great weekend,

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Hello Harry,
Een schitterende plaat. Scherpte... 'wow'! Vol dynamiek.
Mooie kleurtjes.
Ben een beetje 'upside down':-)
Proficiat en bedankt!

Hello Harry, it is an outstanding shot, perfect focus and very nice compsition,

Hi Harry
Simply perfect.

hi harry,
WOW! fantastic dynamic shot !the eagle looks very decided.
a very unusual POV, like it a lot !
stunning details !!
thanks - carole

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-08-04 2:56]
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Ha Harry,

Een schitterende opname,ik zie ze bij ons ookk wel en wanneer beroepshalve door noorse fjorden varend heb ik ze ook wel gezien,alleen kwamen nooit dichtbij genoeg voor de mooiere fotos,was je op een soort fotoo workshop (safari) toen je deze foto genomen hebt?

Groetjes en prettig weekend

Hi Harry,
Great shot...The focus, detail and exposure are outstanding...Very very well done...


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-04 3:55]

Truly stunning PoV, composition and details. This makes me feel quite small and insignificant!

Beautiful light and interesting moment.

Muy nÝtida y bien iluminada permitiendo apreciar muy bien la textura de las plumas.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-04 4:55]

Hi Harry,
Splendid in-flight shot with amazing details and sharp features. Superb lighting and you have freezed a fabulous moment. The blue sky as BG works wonders here and its curled up legs and projected bill looks awesome. Excellent POV and a superb looking diagonal composition. Kudos.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-08-04 4:58]

Hi Harry,

Wonderful in flight capture. Very original and hard to make. My compliments!


Hi Harry,
Beautiful and perfect like not other,
your thirty four post's speak for in self,
well done, TFS. My Best regards/Lawhill


That's awesome!
Such details - wonderful detail in the feathers, great contrasts, great composition - there's power in the flight. Fabulous!

Hello Harry,
This is wonderful shot. Great achievement in freezing this eagle with such clarity. Perfectly done and tfs.

great capture, TFS Ori

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-04 7:58]

Hi Harry,

A typical Harry photo - simple and beautiful. The eagle is wonderful - I love the white tail. The details on the face, wings, body and legs are superb. You caught him in a marvelous position against that blue sky.


Bonjour Harry
Chapeau bas... excellente prise, parfaite.
Merci pour le partage
Amicalement Robi

Just great

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-04 8:54]

Hello Harry,
You obviously have many eagle shots in your archive and each one you show is a gem.
Superb composition, lighting and technical quality of this diving mature White-tailed Eagle.
Thanks and best wishes, Ivan

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-04 9:12]

harry excellent view and lovely focus on wings. I like the way it is looking down for attack. Ganesh

Hoi Harry,
Super mooi moment en super weten vast te leggen. De scherpte is gewoon weg super, zo mooi detail in de gehele vogel. Het eenige wat ik mij nu afvraag, is waar nu precies de grond is. Gebeurde dit boven je of meer naast je?

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-04 11:27]

Hola Harry,
un excelente trabajo,
perfecto momento y senscional,
nitidez y perfecto encuadre,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-04 15:27]

A STUNNING photo of the eagle in a dramatic pose. Exceptional details and exposure. I love the detail of the eye of this inflight bird and the wonderful natural colors. Outstanding composition well framed.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-08-04 15:36]

Hi Harry,
Super action shot! This eagle is magnificent! Very detailed , wonderful colors and composition.
Great job, TFS

There isn't much to say beyond "perfect". The diagonal, the pose and the sharpness make this a real eye catcher. I'm amazed at the sharpness you managed with a moving target and aboard a boat!! Goodness!

Evelynn : )

An excellent underside inflight raptor shot Harry! Incredible details and very nice natural warm colors in this beautiful capture. :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-08-04 18:17]

Harry, simply awesome! Congratulations on this perfect and amazing image. What a moment you managed to capture.

No nits. A stunning beauty and impact.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-05 1:53]

Hello Harry,
Amazing this picture with the eagle upside-down.
Excellent framing, great sharpness, most interesting moment, what more? Parfait, tout simplement!

Hello Harry,
Awesome POV. You have caught this split second turn wonderfully. Your photo is so very clear and a beauty to look at.
Best regards

Hi Harry,another marvelous picture,well done and cheer


Hello Harry
I thank you for your comments on my photographs
hold are all remarkable
thank you to expose them to us

Hello Harry excellent timing and a very different pose than I've seen before as always awsome work great framing and composition nice details tfs have a nice Sunday rgds Necip.

Awe.. and then some! It can't get much better than that! Excellent detail. Dynamic and very beautiful! A masterpiece!
Cheers, Klaus

Love this POV Harry, excellent. Would love to watch these birds doing the "dive-bomb" style of fishing..Excellent detail, colors and exposure. Nice diagonal comp also.
Very well done.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-08-05 8:14]

hi Harry,
fantastique image, cet aigle est saisi juste au moment ou il commence sa descente pour chasser sa proie. La nettetÚ est impressionnante, tout comme les couleurs intenses et savamment dosÚes.

selam Harry, nice shot and very good composition of this eagle while it flying nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done my friend !
Regards ridvan

Not much to say other than your eagles are on a very high level (no pun intended) Harry...Pin sharp, dynamic and fun to watch and marvel at. Best, Brat.


just perfect!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Harry,
Superb shot!
Very well done! I like it alot!

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-08-05 20:22]

Hi Harry, good title on this one. His dive does look kind of upside down. Very nicely done on your part, the composition with his across the diagonal dive nicely fills the frame, the lighting is excellent providing excellent colour and detail.

Thanks, John

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-05 21:24]

Hello Harry

What an interesting behaviour.The shot has captured this action well.The eagle has laser focus on something and looks like it is coming in like a torpedo.Excellent POV,the details and focus are sharp.The colours look very natural.Another exceptional post.TFS


Hello Harry , excellent capture of rare moment , TFS and good luck .

What a pose!!
Great sharpness and details on the eye, too.
Well done my friend.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-06 12:41]

Hello Harry,
Magnificent capture.POV,cross framing,moment you caught,clear details and sharpness are wonderful.Masterpiece!

hi harry,
fine capture of the bird in flight, liked the pov and the composition very much, you have captured a unusual pose here, sharp image with good details,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi dear Harry ,
what a nice shot with excellent focus.
lovely composition and sky colour is beautiful.
well captured
thanks for sharing
My best regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-09 0:49]

Hi Harry,
I've missed this one. I'm jealous of your beautiful eagles :o) Pose, POV, focus, lighting and the details of the plumage look very good. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-08-09 14:23]

Wooooooowww :) Hello Harry Beautiful

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-16 11:26]

Hi Harry.
This picture could decorate a collection of any photographer. It is possible to dream of such picture only.

Great expressive shot, which is outstanding at every respect. Terrific pose of the bird, tremendous reproduction of all details and every feather. Exposure and saturation are the best and so on. My congratulations and TFS.

P.S. Thanks for high estimation of my last shot and marking it as favorite.

Hi Harry

All I can say is fantastic... and an excellent shot. Everything else (and that as well) has already been saud...


Hi Gert,
breathtakingly precise and well lighted capture of an eagle turning into nose dive, a perfect demonstration of one of the most dramatic moments of an eagle's flight. Superb.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-31 18:39]

One of the most fantastic shot of a flying bird I've ever seen, a true masterpiece, well done Harry! It's a wonderful one, thanks! In my favorites!


Hallo Harry,

Kennelijk heb ik een beetje zitten te slapen achter de PC, want ik heb een heleboel mooie foto's van jou gemist. Excuses daarvoor. Deze foto maar mee te beginnen. Wat een schitterende inflightfoto is dit zeg. Het lijkt wel een duikbommenwerper. kan je zien dat het toch niet van die trage zwevers zijn, als je deze vliegbewegingen uit kunt voeren. Je hebt deze beweging heel goed vastgelegd. Je ziet dat er snelheid in de foto zit. Haarscherp, zoals we van jou gewend zijn. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren. Prachtige details in het verenpak en vooral ook de samengetrokken klauwen. Ik denk dat je er van genoten hebt. Klasse foto met een fijne notitie erbij. Prettige dag en tot TFS BOB

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