Punk Rocker Revisited
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|Some of you may recognise this particular Bald Eagle from a previous post taken by my TN friend Adrian (aido). We were both at the same location, namely The Hawk Conservancy, on the same day. I took this shot around the same time as Adrian's "Punk Rocker" which can be viewed in his own gallery.|
No crop, adjustment of levels and sharpening after resize were the only PS work undertaken for this shot.
Common Name: bald eagle
Genus species: Haliaeetus (sea eagle) leucocephalus (white head)
Size: 1 m (3 ft.) in height; 2.3 m (7 ft.) wing span
Weight: males 3.5 to 4 kg (8-9 lb.), females 4.5 to 6 kg (10-14 lb.)
Description: Adults at 4 to 5 yrs. are identified by their white head and tail, solid brown body, and large, curved, yellow bill. Juveniles have blotchy patches of white on their underside and tail.
Life span: up to 30 years in the wild, longer in captivity
Sexual maturity: 4 to 5 years of age
Incubation: 31 to 45 days
Habitat: live and nest near coastlines, rivers, lakes, wet prairies, and coastal pine lands in North America from Alaska and Canada south into Florida and Baja, California.
Diet: prefer fish swimming close to the water's surface, small mammals, waterfowl, wading birds, dead animal matter (carrion).
Status: listed by USFWS as threatened in all but three of the lower 48 states and protected by CITES; populations are healthy in Alaska
1. The bald eagle is not really bald; it actually has white feathers on its head, neck, and tail. Bald is a derivation of balde, an Old English word meaning white. The eagle was named for its white feathers instead for a lack of feathers.
2. Bald eagles may use the same nest year after year, adding more twigs and branches each time. One nest was found that had been used for 34 years and weighed over two tons!
3. The bald eagle can fly 20 to 40 mph in normal flight and can dive at speeds over 100 mph.
4. Bald eagles can actually swim! They use an overhand movement of the wings that is very much like the butterfly stroke.
5. More than 80% of the bald eagle population in the southeastern United States is concentrated within the state of Florida.
Ecology and Conservation
Bald eagles are a very important part of the environment. By eating dead animal matter, they help with nature's clean-up process. Bald eagles are also hunters, so they keep animal populations strong. They do this by killing weak, old, and slower animls, leaving only the healthiest to survive.
Hil, shal, horia, Runnerduck, mperla, wkshelton, mbasil, coasties, vhemmati, aido has marked this note useful
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- [2006-09-13 14:32]
Lovely shot, excellent pose and composition, the detail is superb, the feathers are so sharp, the colours are lovely and the BG compliments the image perfectly.
TFS Hilary :)
- [2006-09-13 14:55]
excellent composition, detail & pose,
no matter how many times I come across Bald Eagle shots I always seem to love viewing them again :)
- [2006-09-13 15:41]
Splendid shot of this very impressive bird - the bald eagle (never really understood why they call this species that, until now. Thanks:))
Super sharp details, great contrast and exposure, lovely colors and excellent POV, all make out a very beautiful composition.
Bravo and TFS
A stunning portrait. Incredibly majestic. Great pov and dof.
Amazing fact about the nest's being re-used. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.
- [2006-09-13 18:19]
Hola Mark: Ecxelente captura y grandiosos detalles y colores. Me recuerda un verso del "Martín Fierro", nuestro máximo libro gauchesco argentino: "Ave de pico encorvado, le tiene al robo aficción..."
Hello Mark, excellent clors, Bg, POV Perfec details, very crisp, nicly composed portrait,
- [2006-09-13 19:18]
Very dramatic lighting, Mark. I love the rich details, too -- every detail on his beak and feathers are crisp. Well done.
High quality shot. Beautiful colour tones and perfect composition. Thank you! :-)
A very well composed portrait, with great details and light control.
- [2006-09-30 23:37]
I remember this :-) We even hit the shutter release at the same time :-) This is excellent, the composition is superb, the light in the feathers against the defocused BG is excellent. Wonderful detail, excellent shot of our mutual model.
- [2007-01-23 7:42]
Absolute cracker Mark, well done. I love images like this, sharp and powerful with great lighting and depth of field. Regard, Rob.