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American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle
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Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel T2, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-05 17:52
Viewed: 1871
Points: 18
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Had the most amazing Trek and when driving home and seeing this totally made my day. Personal first for me, seeing this magnificent bird in the wild AND with a fledgling! I wrote about the experience and have more pics in my blog Eagle Blog

There are two subspecies of bald eagles. The "southern" bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus, is found in the Gulf States from Texas and Baja California across to South Carolina and Florida, south of 40 degrees north latitude.

The "northern" bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus alascanus, is found north of 40 degrees north latitude across the entire continent.

The largest numbers of northern bald eagles are in the Northwest, especially in Alaska. The "northern" bald eagle is slightly larger than the "southern" bald eagle. Studies have shown that "northern" bald eagles fly into the southern states and Mexico, and the "southern" bald eagles fly north into Canada. Because of these finding, the subspecies of "northern" and "southern" bald eagles has been discontinued in recent literature.

Color - Both male and female adult bald eagles have a blackish-brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and beak.

Juvenile bald eagles are a mixture of brown and white; with a black beak in young birds. The adult plumage develops when they are sexually mature. It takes about five years for their head and tail feathers to gradually turn white.

The bald eagle is the only eagle confined to North America. There are no other large blackish-brown birds with a white head and tail in North America

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-11-05 18:20]

Hello Brenda,
I can feel your excitement over this wonderful capture. I too am totally thrilled whenever I catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle. They are making a remarkable comeback in Ohio after so many years of being almost completely wiped out.
Looks like you managed to get fairly close to this beautiful specimen allowing us to get a great look at it's unique features and attractive plumage. Did you manage to get any shots of it's young? I think I'll just check out your blog and see for myself:)

Hello Brenda,
What a great moment you have captured.Great composition and timing.
Excellent natural color and details.Good framing and point of view.
Thank you for sharing.

Hi Brenda,
beautiful bird. Incredible pose. Perfect point of view. Nice colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Brenda, great capture of superb eagle, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Brenda
great sharpness and good details
the colours are beautiful and naturel
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-11-06 11:37]

Hi Brenda,you caught very well this special opportunity,a very good capture of this eagle despite the difficult location and light,i'm a but jealous of your pic..ehehe...very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-11-07 6:02]

Very good and natural picture of this beautiful bird Brenda! Congratulation.

Nice Brenda. I have yet any luck in getting either close in or with a good lens. I am wishing I had my camera with me when I lived on Aeneas Creek. I had a film camera and some pcs from Empire Creek..but that's it. I have been planing on going back up every year but not gone yet...GREAT shot my friend.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-11-17 12:10]

Hi Brenda,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful majestic predator.
Regards Jiri.

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