<< Previous Next >>

Happy New Year All

Happy New Year All
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Eagle photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-31 16:40
Viewed: 5183
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Happy New Year Everyone

A Bald Eagle trying to land on the top of a tree which was a little too small. This shot was taken at Prince Rupert B.C. Which has a population of about six thousand Bald Eagles, we have sparrows they have eagles.

Bald Eagle
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
General Description

By Lee Sollenberger

The magnificent Bald Eagle, the national symbol of the USA, was almost exterminated by DDT in the 1950s and '60s. Since the use of that pesticide was banned in 1972, Bald Eagles are once again being seen where they have been absent for 40 years or more. These birds are primarily associated with water; oceans, large lakes and rivers. In Alberta, during the summer, they are most common in the north and in the western foothills and mountains. At the onset of winter, when waterways freeze-up, they move southward. During migration, and sometimes in winter, they may be seen almost anywhere in the province, particularly where waterfowl concentrations occur.

While primarily associated with pristine wilderness areas, Bald Eagles are tolerant of the presence of man if an assured food supply is available. As a result, in winter, they mainly frequent open water such as at power generating stations and major rivers in urban environments kept open by warm water from sewage treatment plants.
Fish, alive or dead, form the bulk of the eagle's food. The eagles often harass a successful Osprey until it drops its catch. In migration and in winter, they also feed on sick or injured ducks and geese and carrion such as deer which escape from hunters but later die from their wounds.

Bald Eagles mate for life. They build a bulky stick nest, usually near a waterway, in a large isolated tree or rarely on a rocky outcrop, using it year after year. It is added to annually, making it the largest nest of any North American bird. This structure sometimes measures four metres deep and three metres wide. Usually two white eggs are laid. Incubation is by both sexes for 35 to 46 days. The young are tended by both parents and are able to leave the nest at 10 to 11 weeks of age, returning to feed and rest for several weeks afterwards.

eqshannon, Luis52, Pentaxfriend, MMM, jaycee, cecilia, vihang8846, pablominto, bobair, Alex99, lovenature, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hi Rick,

Beautiful shot
Excellent timing
great sharpnes with fine details
Happy and Healty New Year

TFS Thijs

Gee Rick...this is a great shot...Hope you know that...We have had many opportunities...but I have no luck. I don't think this was luck Rick. This was an eye of yours seeing quickly and reacting. And this is also a rather unique post. One can feel through you pics and words that this eagle is not going to be on tis very slim tee very long,....how cool....great! And a MOST Happy New Year to you! And lastly from Indian lore...catching the eagle as this was a gift from the bird to you. And in that same lore, it means many things...you had better do a net search on tis as it would take me reams of space to tell it all.

  • Great 
  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-31 17:48]

Hi Rick. Just Beautiful photo. Exelent moment You have here.
Congratulations for this one Rick.

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-31 18:24]

Hi Rick
Nice capture , I really like the pose of the eagle it is still in action.
TFS and once again happy new year.

  • Great 
  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-12-31 18:26]

Hi Rick,

What a fast reaction you had taking this picture. Love the expression on his face with his beak open. Great action shot!


  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-31 19:04]

Hi Rick,

A Happy New Year to you and your family - a healthy one too. Great shot of this Eagle. You caught him in a superb position with the wings spread and the open beak.


Wishing you and your love ones the joyous Happy New Year...


  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-31 20:46]

Hello Rick

Wow...what a beauty.This is a wonderful capture of this majestic looking bird.
The timing is excellent to grab this pose.
The focus is spot on with excellent sharpness and colour.
Great job



Best wishes and Happy Hunting in 2008!

hi Rick
excellent sharp image
good action captured
Bald eagle is really prestigious species of USA.
and it is worth being so

Hi Rick,
Very graceful capture of this magnificant raptor, a very nice crisp image. Happy New Year to you as well. :)

  • Great 
  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-01 0:46]

Hi Rick,

The best wishes for a new photoseason,this is a well timed capture and I cannot imagine he was long in this as you already mentioned too little tree,well done and tfs


Hello Rick,
The moment is well captured!
The majestic bird stands out well, good details have been recorded...
And I wish a HAPPY NEW YEAR will come your way!
Seasonal greetings from a chilly Norway,
Pablo -

hello rick,
lovely capture and you have clicked with good timing, liked the composition and the pov,
wish you a very happy new year 2008,
tfs & regards

Hi Rick,
what a fine and excellent way to leave 2007 behind,just love the look of this eagle,superb!Right now we have here where I live a pair of these birds skulking about and I see them every few days and would surely like to know where they hole up at but they are telling me anything.All the best to you and Lucy, and may this now new year bring you joy and happiness and lots of great photo-opts. Bob.

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-01 7:01]

Hi Rick.
Amazing expressive scene and pose of the majestic bird. Great timing and sharpness. My compliments and thanks for warm greetings. My best wishes in come New 2008 Year.

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-01 7:52]

Hello Rick, great picture of the Bald Eagle, that bird is on my wishlist since a long time ! :-) You've caught a great moment when he's trying to land, it's a really dynamic shot. Well done my friend, all the best to you in 2008. Thanks,


Hello Rick,
What a wonderful picture to start 2008.
Excellent capture, Happy New Year to you
and your loved ones.


  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-01 12:33]

Hello Rick,
Beautiful photo with an excellent timing. Great composition and sharpness.

I wish you a very good (photografic) and healthy 2008,

Can you believe it's 2008. Here's to hopefully meeting up this year. Maybe we'll do another canoe trip down the South Saskatchewan River, then we can meet after. Or maybe

Wow, it sure would be an awesome sight to see so many eagles in one location. I know what you mean about sparrows, they are every where. You've captured a very big boy with huge talons. An awesome pose!

I'm feeling a bit old today.... I turned the big "FIVE O" today. We had few friends over to celebrate last night and I actually had to stay up past midnight... boy that was hard. Had a nap today though.
TFS Janice

Hello Rick

aoutch aoutch aoutch, what a perfect composition,
what excelent timing you had to do it, you shoot
the camera at the right moment, i love the expression on his head
and the way his wings are opened, excellent pov and i love the way
he is framed on the image, this one goes to my favorites, TFS


Calibration Check