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Balance Act
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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: 2008-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 500mm AF-S F4.0, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III), Angelina's Favorites - Part I, CeltickRanger's favorite Eagle photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-16 17:55
Viewed: 6426
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 106
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all I would like to thank everyone for his/here wonderful comments on my previous upload and for the warm renewed welcome words after my 1/2 year absence. Highly appreciated!!!!

This is a shot of a juvenile White Tailed Eagle who does try to get some hold on a small branche of a dead tree.
As you can see there was quite some snow falling down at the moment I toke this shot.
It's, like the previous upload of the Golden Eagle, taken from a hide on in the woods of the Province of Nord Trondelag in Norway.


From Wikipedia

White-tailed Eagles are sexually mature at four or five years of age. They pair for life, though if one dies replacement can occur quickly. A bond is formed when a permanent home range is chosen. They have a characteristic aerial courtship display which culminates in the pair locking claws mid-air and whirling earthwards in series of spectacular cartwheels. White-tailed Eagles are much more vocal than Golden Eagles, particularly during the breeding season and especially the male when near the eyrie. Calls can sometimes take on the form of a duet between the pair.

The nest is a huge edifice of sticks in a tree or on a coastal cliff. Being faithful to their territories, once they breed, nests are often reused, sometimes for decades by successive generations of birds; one nest in Iceland has been in use for over 150 years.[3] In Scandinavia, trees have been known to collapse under the weight of enormous, long established nests.

The territory of the White-tailed Eagle ranges between 30–70 km², normally in sheltered coastal locations. Sometimes they are found in-land by lakes and along river systems. The territory of the White-tailed Eagles can overlap with the territory of the Golden Eagle, though competition between the two species is limited. Golden Eagles prefer mountains and moorland, while the White-tailed Eagle prefers the coast and the sea.

Mated pairs produce one to three eggs per year. The eggs are laid two to five days apart in March or April and are incubated for 38 days by both parents. Once hatched, chicks are quite tolerant of one another, although the first hatched is often larger and dominant at feeding times. The female does most of the brooding and direct feeding, with the male taking over now and then. Young are able to feed themselves from five to six weeks and they fledge at eleven to twelve weeks, remaining in the vicinity of the nest, dependent on their parents for a further six to ten weeks. The sex of nestlings can be identified using field methods, or using DNA. [9]

Surplus chicks are sometimes removed from nests to use in reintroduction programs in areas where the species has died out. If left in the nest, they are often killed by the first-hatched sooner or later, as in most large eagles.

In such programs, the birds are raised in boxes on platforms in the tree canopy and fed in such a way that they cannot see the person supplying their food, until they are old enough to fly and thus find their own food.

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments.

Best regards, Harry

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Ha Harry,

Je zal het best koud hebben gehad.
Prachtig shot
perfecte compo en scherpte
fantastische kleuren(vooral de poten)

TFS Thijs

Amazing shot. Great colors.

Hello Harry,
fantastic capture,very good compsirtion and point of view, lovely natural colors and good light, great pose and timing, good sharpness and clarity.

Hi Harry,
A very graceful image of this majestic bird of prey the atmospheric conditions create an even more exciting image. Good to see you back, where have you been? TFS. :)

Hello Harry,
Excellent shot with great timing!
perfect sharpness, awesome colouration and details in the shot!
a very pleasing composition and many thanks for the effort
best regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-16 21:01]

Hi Harry,
Wow! Very dynamic shot!
I can practically feel the wind.
Fantastic pose of the eagle on the approach.
The composition is outstanding.
TFS. ; )

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-03-16 21:41]

Hi Harry,

This is a magnificent image. The photo is very dinamic due to burd's position as well as the falling snow flocks. Image quality is very good with rasor sharp details on the bird and branches bellow. Very nice vay to use the light obtaining nice natural colors and contrast image sepite the light conditions.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2008-03-16 22:26]

Eagle, snow and even that tree is like posing for you. Excellent, TFS

This is a very dramatic shot Harry.The composition is spectacular. Your timing is everything on this.
It is photos such as this that keep me inspired. TFS
Also thanks for the reply. Very useful info.
Best wishes

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  • Luca (539)
  • [2008-03-16 23:15]

Nice composition!


Beautiful shot, especially with the snow and that wonderfully twisted tree the eagle is trying to sit on.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-03-17 1:19]

Hallo Harry,

Een echte vogel spotter moet soms wel tegen de kou kunnen, ik kan mij voorstellen dat het hioer ook wel even zo was.
Het moment van afdrukken is op zijn minst fenomenaal, de houding en de gestroomlijnd profiel van de vogel dat we anders nooit te zien krijgen.
De klauwen en de bek in een harmonie, prachtig werk, mooi gedaan, de foto heeft het gewonnen van de kou!


Hy Harry
WAAW!! Absolutely amazing this capture!!Nice details, colors...everything is perfect in this picture!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-17 2:42]

Wow Harry!!! What a stunning capture!
The Eagle and branch is razor-sharp while the driving snow is slightly blurred adding movement and interest to the photo.
Very good composition.
Superb focusing.
You are very lucky to be able to shoot these wild birds, I know I would love to have a go!
Great work once again my friend.

Hallo Harry
When you got it, there is no turning around. – You got it to be an excellent photographer. This is an incredible action shot, pushing the button just at the right time. Excellent shot with great timing, perfect sharpness and stunning details to appreciate. This is a PPPP – Pretty perfect picture photo. Something I would like to frame and hang on my wall. What a beautiful and majestic bird. Thanks for sharing – most appreciated this one.
Kind regards

Excellent shot of action. Colours and contrast unbelievable on those conditions.

This is a beautiful, amazing photo. This is truly National Geographic quality. Every detail is perfect. Great job.

Hi Harry
Stunning shot
Superb details
Wonderful color
Really amazing action capture
tfs jon

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-17 9:05]

Harry just superb shot and wonderful view. I sometimes wonder how you shoot such a class image. Ganesh

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-03-17 9:24]

Hallo Harry , Een fantastische actie foto ,schitterende compositie ,en heel mooi met de sneeuw erbij perfect ,Groeten Teunie .

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-17 10:24]

Hi Harry.
Amazing expressive scene with stunning timing. You managed to catch may be the most impressive moment. Cloudy and snowy sky is fantastic element of the picture as well as the full of expressiveness pose of the majestic bird. Old dry twigs strengthen the esthetic impression. Bravo and congratulations.

Hi Harry,
most amazing bird picture in difficult whether conditions. You have shown the snow fall along with the bird, is what makes this pictures very interesting. Highly dramatic image. TFS.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-03-17 11:12]

Like a picture! Thank you!

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2008-03-17 12:13]

hello Harry
Amazing shot. Regards,

Hi Harry another superb shot, the snow fall worked really well to provide good feeling of depth, the composition is well adjusted. excellent pov, sharp with good exposure. tfs rgds Necip you must have a lot of patience to get a shot like this. The last time I was in Norway it was -35c and I remember reports of up to -55c up north.

Hello Harry,
Outstanding image...(of course:-)
Nice presentation!
Well done

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-03-17 14:59]

Hi Harry,
Wow! What a perfect timming! Fascinating composition with great POV, great sharpness.
Very well done.

hello Harry

once again i will write i am very happy that you comeback again
because we will view and « taste » with our eyes your great shots

what a superb shot with the snow falling down, great POV
and framing, lovely luminosity of the image and density
of the colours, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Spettacolare immagine, eccellenti composizione, momento di cattura e POV, ottimi dettagli e magnifici colori ed atmosfera. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-18 2:52]

Hi Harry,
Lovely action shot of this youngster in the snow. I liked the pose you captured a lot. TFS

My goodness! That is quite a shot! Stunning.

Evelynn : )

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-19 17:21]

Hi Harry,

Another beautiful shot.
I love the snow coming quite strongly on the eagle.
We can appreciate a powerfull wind blowing the snow and also the feathers of the eagle.


Hi Harry,
a very fine picture with lovely action taken in a weather I'm very familiar with ;-)
The snowflakes add an extra dimension and a nice deep.
Lovely colours, fine details and well composed.
Beautiful work.

Hello Harry,
the eagle fighting against the snow storm delivers a spectacular drama. Bright yellow, earthy red on grey are an exqusite spectre of colour. A magnificent document of wildlife of high aesthetical appeal. My congratulations, and thank you! With best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-22 7:55]

Hallo Harry,
Door afwezigheid gedurende een aantal dagen, heb ik deze gemist. Alles in deze foto vind ik van zeer hoge kwaliteit. Vooral de compositie met die tak onderin vind ik uitmuntend. Je timing is onnavolgbaar. Wat een meesterwerk!

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-03-22 13:12]

Çok güzel tebrikler..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-23 10:39]

Hello Harry,
All your shots of the Golden Eagle are really terrific! This is a great shot of it landing on a 'twig'! I really like the effect of the snow falling here. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

hello Harry,
fantastic and dramatic action
is a very good capture!!!

tfs sERGIO

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-23 12:06]

Hello Harry, another wonderful shot! You've done a great exposure even with that bad weather sitiution. Very sharp and well composed, a winner for sure, thanks!


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-03-24 17:16]

Hi Harry,
Very impressive image! Perfect timing, excellent composition.

Hello Harry. This is truly stunning shot capturing the snow fall and the bird in that perched position. Brilliant detail of this top quality image. Regards. Jusni

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-03-25 17:20]

Ha Harry,
Superb photo with beautiful colours and sharp details. The composition is absolutely perfect.

Congratulations ! very artistic photo of White tailed , TFS and good luck .

Hello Harry,
fantastic shot.The composition and atmospheric is spectacular.
best regards

So many of your shots are just amazing. I want to add them all to my favorites folder. I was showing my husband your gallery today and he was amazed too. Even though I don't know you in "REAL" life - just on the computer - I'm proud to have made your acquaintance through this forum...your work is just amazing!!!

This is an amazing shot...what a moment you captured. I can't imagine a better composition or framing. Just excellent!!!!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-03 11:15]

I have to joint the other members who appraised this great picture, it is fantastic! I could stop in front of it and look at it for hours. Thank you so much for posting such marvelous pictures,


excellent capture!wonderful detail and great timing.very nice composition!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-05 22:51]

Hello Harry

This is a lovely photograph but it is the type of superb image that would lend itself to a painting and print.
Wonderful composition,the snow creates such a good atmosphere here.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
The colours are vivid.
Great camera work.


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-04-09 20:00]

Hello Harry,
WOW! What a fantastic shot! Seeing your pictures I always wonder will I ever be able to capture one like this? :)
Perfect timing.Excellent sharpness, POV, colours and contrasts.
Thanks for the share,

Hi Harry

I have to say that I have been absent for quite a bit longer, so had not appreciated that you were not about either... which is a real shame but sometimes it is good to take a break from TN...

Once again, my husband is looking at a job in Norway and has decided that he wants to visit Norway next March for his 40th B'day... (we are cold weather lovers!)

Anyhow the picture. It is stunning and deserves all the praise it has already had, and I am not that sure I can add much to it, except to take it to the 100 mark because it deserves it.

The colours are the bit that did it for me (other than the snow which I love).

take care and TFS

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-15 11:37]

hello Harry
no more words: its wonderful capture...
i like dynamic composition, POV, light, colours, sharpness and details

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-16 11:54]

Hola Harry, es preciosa la fotografia, muy buena la sensación de dinamismo popr el viento?, muy bue color y luz. Un saludo

Hello Harry,
What a deramatic view! I like all in this picture: snow fallig, excellent sharpness despite poor light conditions, framing, eagle isolation, grey BG. Not 10, 11 points!!!!if could be possible.

striking pic, TFS Ori

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