<< Previous Next >>

Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle

Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle
Photo Information
Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-03-26 18:44
Viewed: 8451
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another raptor portrait from the World Bird Sanctuary.
A cool and overcast day kept the light level down, but it also kept the high contrast and shadows from being a problem.

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Aquila audax

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia's largest living bird of prey and one of the largest eagles in the world. It reaches 0.85-1.05 m in length and has a wingspan of 2.3 m. Females are larger than males, averaging 4.2 kg in weight and occasionally reaching 5.3 kg. Males usually weigh about 3.2 kg, although they may reach 4.0 kg.

Young Wedge-tailed Eagles are mid brown in colour with reddish-brown heads and wings. They become progressively blacker for at least the first ten years of their lives; adults are mostly dark blackish-brown. There are no differences in plumage between the sexes other than that a female adult is generally slightly paler than her mate. The bill is pale pink to cream, the iris brown to dark brown, and the feet off-white.

The Wedge-tailed Eagle has long wings, a characteristic long, wedge-shaped tail, and legs that are feathered all the way to the base of the toes. In comparison, Australia's second largest eagle, the White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster, has shorter, more rounded wings and no feathers on its lower legs. The White-bellied Sea Eagle is 0.75-0.85 m long and has a wingspan of 1.8-2.2 m, and weighs 2.5-3.7 kg (male) and 2.8-4.2 kg (female).

Distribution and Habitat
The Wedge-tailed Eagle is found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea, from sea level to alpine regions in the mountains. It prefers wooded and forested land and open country, generally avoiding rainforest and coastal heaths. Eagles can be seen perched on trees or poles or soaring overhead to altitudes of up to 2000 m.

Wedge-tailed Eagle © Australian Museum

Merlin, marhowie, ScottHale, Athila, Janice, manyee, goutham_ramesh, Zeno, red45, ddg, coasties, dew77, Dando, thistle, marjan, nardophoto, AndyB, wallhalla15, saguzar, PDP, cecilia, livios, Signal-Womb, axiotea, SkyF, Tommysugar, cedryk, touristdidi, Luc, CTP, firelord has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Toucadoo: Your Workshopscottevers7 1 03-26 19:27
To Merlin: Thanksscottevers7 3 03-26 19:23
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Can I just be the first to say, that is absolutely fantastic. I wouldn't change a thing - I think it's a stunning image. Great note too!
Many thanks,

We are all always gonna face the fact there's gonna be contrast issues every now and then. This case it's an exception. To see such a fantastic closeup of this raptor is worth it, and is not that distracting. I did a little magic on it to see if I could fix that issue. :)

It was windy that day and his feathers on his neck and head were flying all over the place.
all of my shot's of this Eagle looked like he had a bad punk haircut. Very fine capture from the OOF BG to the composition. Great catch light and clarity in the eyes. I had a difficult time metering the light in order to get some of the whites around his eyes. You also show how sharp this guy's beak is. Fine work..........definately a keeper!

  • Great 
  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-03-26 21:16]

Hi Scott

Great portrait with extreem sharpness and perfect exposure. I need one of those 2.8 zoom lens ;o).
Excellent details in shadows as well as in highlights.

Great work and TFS.

  • Great 
  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-26 23:16]
  • [2]

Hi Scott
Almost I said 'Great Scott', what a shot. This is a WOW.
Brilliant capture, great composition, fabulous colours, magnificent DOF catching all the details plus that lovely liveliness in the eye, superb BG, and perfect exposure management.
Very well done and TFS.

PS. I am glad Paul mentioned the contrast issue, so I didn't have to. His workshop did well to your excellent photo as it is the only adjustment that it need.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-27 0:49]

That is a new one for me, Scott. I have never heard of a wedge-tailed eagle. Sharp details and very natural colors. I like the POV and the intense look. What a beak. Great notes.
TFS. : )

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-27 0:51]

Scott, Scott, Scott! Superb. Amazing capture. I love it. Some mention contrast, I have no problem with that - I can't say I even noticed it...
You must be very happy with this one Scott, I'd keep it if I was you,
Great job,

Hi Scott.

Flawless potrait of this beautiful bird, you give a proud look to your bird. Good Composition , exposure and Colors
Goutham R

  • Great 
  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-27 2:21]

Hi Scott,

Excellent close up of this phantastic bird. The outstanding feathers are really great.


  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-27 2:29]

Hi Scott!
I love this kind of portraits! Brave face, big eye and beak, perfect lines and details. Grey BG isn't maybe the best, but looks not bad at all. Bird itself is beautifull. Excellent work my friend!

  • Great 
  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-27 4:01]

Hello Scott magnifique portrait de cet aigle splendide. L'aspect du plumage donne une impression trés forte d'oiseau en colere!! Mes compliments pour ce shot, Didier.

Sensational Scott! This is stunning work. No nits here. A pleasure to view! :-)

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-27 4:53]

Hello Scott!
Excellent portrait.POV,simple BG,clear eyes and details,
expression on face and composition are wonderful.

Stunning portrait, no nits.

Hi Scott,
Excellent DOF, sharpness, color and light. The clean BG works very well also..Great POV, This portrait rocks! :) Very well done.

  • Great 
  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-03-27 7:20]

Hi Scott, haven't got much time these days so struggling to keep up with my critiques. Anyway great portrait. The detail, colours, POV, and exposure all spot on. The feathers almost give it a three dimensional quality to it. Well done and TFS.

Excellent photo, Scott, The colors, BG, DOF, POV, everything good and crisp, TFS Kyle

Hello Scott,
Very good shot! The POV and framing are great, well done on lighting and detrails too. The picture is a little gloomy in mood because of the gray BG, but overall it's very nice.

Hi Scott, fantstic portret of this wonderful bird.. Excelent POV and qualiti of photo. Very nice and good notice about it.TFS

  • Great 
  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-27 11:56]

Hello Scott,
A very fine portrait of this eagle,I've not heard of this one till now.
Excellent exposure and good sharp detail.
Nice clean background too.
A great shot.


Very nice portrait shot Scott, great sharpness and POV/DOF, well captured too. Great colours an very nice bg. This is an excellent compositon. Thank you for posting.

Brilliant capture Scott,
Excellent sharp and clear detail. The colours are fantastic. Well composed and nicely exposed. Timing is perfect to get this pose (who stood behind the bird with the hairdryer!!!).
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Hi Scott,
Excelent eagle portrait! very nice composition, the details, colors, light and BG are very good.

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-27 18:01]

Hello Scott, very nice shot. I like the composition (although being really picky I'd crop a little off the top) and the details are great. Well done.

  • Great 
  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-27 18:47]

Hi Scott.
Great portrait with extreem sharpness.good POV and DOF.Can almost see you on her eyes :)
Excellent job....

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-27 20:48]

Incredible shot Scott, so sharp and clear. Very well done on everything. Thanks.


Wow!Brilliant shot,superb colour, detail and I love the detail on eye...
A job well done...

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-27 23:36]

Well, man, we have a masterpiece here.

I do enjoy colors, pov and composition.

A very beautiful bird, a great photo with a perfect sharpness.

Congratulations, Scott.


Great shot Scott. Absolutely brilliant. Perfect portrait.

No nits


Nice mowhawk :-) Very noce photo with excellent sharpness and color. The grey b/g feels really good and is putting all attention on the eagle.

Excellent capture Scott, love the close composition revealing marvelous details. Very nice work.

Hi Scott!Such sharpness and clear details! What a shot! All the best....Marilyn..

  • Great 
  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-29 14:57]

Hi Scott,
a beautiful portrait, the sharpness and details are amazing. Lovely colors and great POV. Very well done.

  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-31 23:09]

Hi Scott,
Very nice capture!
Superb details and sharpness, great colours and very well framed.
Well done and have a nice weekend my friend!

  • Great 
  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-03 4:40]

Hi Scott,
A nice shot, excellent detail, beautiful colours and texture in the feathers. I like the DOF just throwing out some of the farthest feathers, sharp detail everywhere where needed. Great work!

Very nice shot! This is a fantastic animal!
The details are perfect and also the colours!
Bye Tom

Hello Scott,
Wonderful majestic portrait of this royal bird!
Great exposure, details, and very good neutral background.
Best greetings,

What a bird!!!!! This guy looks keen for the kill!

excellent and impressive shot

  • Great 
  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-05-24 14:45]

Wooow Scot,
This is one amazing looking Eagle shot my friend.
I love everything about it:)
Excellent pov,dof,colors,focus,details,sharpness,note,framing and blurred bg.TFS

Hello Scott,
A wonderful portrait!
The details are simply awesome, that includes plumage and of course the amazing reflection in the eye...
Well framed, great colours!
Pablo -

excellent composition colors and sharpness.
[points tomorrow]

Ciao Scott,
Excellent shot, clear and simply perfect!

Calibration Check