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Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (CaptiveLight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 61 N: 232] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 100 - 400 L USM IS, Digital RAW ISO 200
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-12 3:28
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 35
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is "Morgan", a young Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) who lives in a private collection of birds in Hampshire.

We ran a trial day, with a view to running commercial photo shoots in the future with the owner, and although the light was terrible on the day the bird performed flawlessly. This image was taken just after Morgan had successfully hunted his "rabbit" (actually a leather bag about the same size as a rabbit) that was being dragged along the ground, and whilst he was still pumped up with adrenalin and aggression. It was a real privilege to see this awesome bird going through his paces.

It was also interesting to see the mutual bond between eagle and owner, and the respect with which the eagle is treated.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-12 3:52]
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Hi Miles,
Great portrait, love that brown colour and details of his feathers. The striking yellow around that impressive looking Rabbit ripper is great too. Did i see you at Cadnam Pond on Saturday??

Perfect portrait Miles.
Great pose of the eagle and wonderful expression.
Superb compo and clarity in the eye.
The feather detiails and soft BG colors, against wich the bird does stand out greatlt, are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Harry

WOOW ! very impressive looks , very crisp and wll composed , TFS.

Excellent work Miles.
Tack sharp details and perfect exposure.
A real classic pose for this Eagle shot too.
Brilliant work.

Hi Miles,
Beautiful composition.
I like the sharp eye and beak.
Nice colours.

Hi Miles,
This is a wonderful portrait of this beautiful Eagle. The quality of the image is exceptionally good. All of the detail in the birds head can be seen so well. Wow.

Stunning image Miles. Detail exquisit, colour and DOF, all perfect. Love it. This would be amazing to see so close, what a great opportunity you had.

New Zealand

Hola Miles,
Extraordinaria imagen de gran belleza y excelente luz y definición, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • hdl (12)
  • [2007-06-12 7:05]

Great pose! A very good shot; you really waited for the right moment.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-12 8:11]

Hi Miles,
a brilliant shot of this Eagle.
Sharp, well composed, detailed and has an excellant atmosphere.
Well done,

Flawless image in every aspect. Perfect! Cheers, Klaus

Golden Eagle - Golden Shot !!! Superb !!!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-12 10:07]

Hello Miles
Very nice portrait of that eagle.Very sharp image with beautiful details in the plumage.
TFS Michel

Hello Miles
Wonderful portrait of this Eagle,
Great composition and lighting,
Perfect sharpness and DOF,Superb shot.


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-12 13:24]

Hi Miles

Superb portrait shot of beautiful Morgan, I love the composition with the tight crop proving really effective, very nice pose with a great expression on the Eagles face, superb detail with beautiful colours and a nice catchlight in the Eagles eye.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-12 15:03]

Hi Miles,
I like the pose your model is in and his expression. Super details on the feathers. The focus and sharpness are excellent with a perfect blurred bg.
Well done.
TFS Paula

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-12 15:32]

Hi Miles

That is a stunning shot. The POV and the details are amazing. Wonderful light and pin sharp. DOF is great as well. Perfect shot



Wow, i'm breathless right now!!!
Whata close!!!.....I love eagles,they are so terrific!!!
Great photo, great theme, great focus!!!




Hi Miles,
A very stunning photo. Love the fact that you got this close. The details and exposure are superb. The clarity of the photo is perfect.

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