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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 Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Wing it... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-25 5:12
Viewed: 3938
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Bald Eagle was coming in for a landing in my favorite tree overlooking the harbour in Prince Rupert.
From Wikipedia

The Bald Eagle's diet is varied, including carrion, fish, smaller birds, rodents, and sometimes food scavenged or stolen from campsites and picnics. Most prey is quite a bit smaller than the eagle, but rare predatory attacks on large birds such as the Snow Goose, the Great Blue Heron or even swans have been recorded. Also, fairly large salmon and trout have been taken as well.

To hunt fish, easily their most important live prey, the eagle swoops down over the water and snatches the fish out of the water with its talons. They eat by holding the fish in one claw and tearing the flesh with the other. Eagles have structures on their toes called spiricules that allow them to grasp fish. Osprey also have this adaptation. Bald Eagles have powerful talons. In one case, an eagle was able to fly off with the 6.8 kg (15 lb) carcass of a Mule Deer fawn.

Sometimes, if the fish is too heavy to lift, the eagle will be dragged into the water. It may swim to safety, but some eagles drown or succumb to hypothermia. Occasionally, Bald Eagles will pirate fish away from Ospreys and usually the smaller raptors will have to give up their prey, a practice known as kleptoparasitism.

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Hi Rick,
Ho wow, really a very beautiful capture. The eagle is detached well from the background and the composition is very good. Shrapness image.

Hi Rick,
Very good sharpness especially for an in flight; well done!
My nit is the underexposed wings which show no detail.
Beautiful Bald Eagle.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-25 7:04]

Hi Rick,
Fantastic powerful capture of the Bald Eagle landing. This is sharp and well presented but perhaps a little on the dark side.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

OK Rick,
May I have the right to be green with jealousy today? This is an amazing capture of this so wonderful bird. I love it pose, composition and details you caught. What is most impressive is that YOU SAW this great bird with your own ye and with your camera; this must have been so extraordinary wasn't it? Well done!

Hi Rick,
Great action moment catched here!
I like so much this close approach of this bald eagle.
This is really a good pose, you catched it in it's full wingspan and plenty of details.
The tension on the legs are so good.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Rick,

well captured in flight photo excellent details very crisp Excllent composed and captured photo well done
TFS Kyle

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-25 11:09]

Hello Rick,
Magnificent action capture.Moment you caught is great.I liked POV,clear details,lighting,framing and composition a lot.

I don't think it would be wise to be in the same room with me and Claudine... we are both green with envy!!! What a shot! One could hardly ask for a better eagle shot opportunity. I have heard that eagles can grasp the prey with their talons but they cannot let go of it. That's why they sometimes drown.

The image is a tad underexposed though. It would be nice to see the wing detail too. I've found that it is usually better to overexpose a bit with digital photography than to underexpose... without clipping the lights. It is easier to add contrast and to darken a light photo than it is to brighten a dark one.... because that always reveals that nasty NOISE! I played with it a little in a workshop with moderate success.

I LOVE this picture!

Evelynn : )

Wow great timing here Rick! Looks like some WS'es have already dealt with the shadows.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-25 16:27]

Hi Rick

I am with Evelyn and Claudine - this is a shot I would die for. The eye and beak are really good - the eye just takes in those and then amazement that you got the shot takes over. TFS James

Hi Rick,
this capture does make my day,well done.Like my own shot from today it lacks in some detail,but given what the subject is-really it is of no consequence.Well done Rick. Bob

Hi dear Rick ,
great iamge.
nice moment captured.
well composed.
well done.
thanks and regards

bien vu cet oiseau en vol,bons détails et couleurs nettes, bien vu, j' aime beaucoup, merci de partager

hello rick!
great capture on this mighty
and beautiful bird
sharp with good composition
well done!

Super sharp shot and informative commentary.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-26 17:46]

Hello Rick

An awesome capture of this bald eagle.The pose is wonderful.What an amazing POV.It's like you are right beside it.A real gem.TFS


Kleptoparasitism... eh!

Well this eagle is a masterpiece. We don't really need a workshop that makes the razorsharp wingfeathers look fuzzy... or a workshop that plays with the colours etc. to the point where it destroys the shot.

If, IF I were to do a workshop, I would at best
a) adjust the contrast
b) do a modest crop at the bottom...

I shall send you what I have in mind, as I can't post another WS today :-( .

Rick THIS shot is absolutely outstanding! I'll trade you one like that for some fire in ice! ;)

Do you remember that program called "The Shadow"... ;)
You and me both appear to be fans! "Who knows...what evil...lurks in the dark"...

Spectacular shot ! This Eagle is bright and happy . It is so great to see these big boys coming back from the brink . Hope you and everyone else can get lots more chances at these guys .I agree with Evelynn , if you have the time ( and I know sometimes you don't) open up a bit .
As to Evelynn"s comment on the talons , don't worry , I've handled several Baldies , and despite the fact they have a grip of steel , they can let go . Sometimes they get more than they can carry , getting back in the air after the crash is the biggest problem .
Thanks for sharing , Kevin .

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