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Just Before Touch Down

Just Before Touch Down
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Copyright: Harry Eggens (Proframe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-25 3:22
Viewed: 7546
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 118
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just after sunrise, ten to nine in the morning of Wednesday the 15th of March 2007.
Wonderful sunrise with soft warm color tones in the sky wich was a great joy to look at and the Bald Eagles seemed to like it also.
Many of them were around that morning although temperatures were not that high with -25 degrees Celcius, without the wind chill reading.

The Nikon TC-17E Tele Extender was attached between lens and camera wich gave focal lenght of 340mm.
ISO Speed reading 400.


From Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids :)

Symbols of U.S. Government: The Bald Eagle

The bald eagle is a large, powerful, brown bird with a white head and tail. The term "bald" does not mean that this bird lacks feathers. Instead, it comes from the word piebald, an old word, meaning "marked with white."

The bald eagle was made the national bird of the United States in 1782. The image of the bald eagle can be found in many places in the U.S., such as on the Great Seal, Federal agency seals, the President's flag, and on the one-dollar bill.

Why was the bald eagle chosen as our national symbol?

The Bald EagleThe Founding Fathers wanted to choose an animal that was unique to the United States. For six years, the members of Congress engaged in a dispute over what the national emblem should be. As a result of the debate, the bald eagle was chosen because it symbolized strength, courage, freedom, and immortality and that it would look much better as our national symbol.

When Europeans first arrived on the North American continent in the 1600's, there were an estimated 25,000 to 50,000 bald eagles, but populations have since dropped for many reasons. Many eagles were captured for getting too close to poultry or fishing nets; some were captured for falconry; and many eagles were poisoned by pesticides. In 1967, the bald eagle was included on the Endangered Species List. Federal laws, such as the Bald Eagle Protection Act, protect the bald eagle and have led to the recovery of bald eagle populations. In 2007, populations have improved and the the bald eagle was removed from the list.

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments.

Kind regards and have a nice day,


PaulH, bobcat08, jmirah, mayuresh, pirate, lise, valy67, falke, jaycee, SelenE, marhowie, CeltickRanger, Argus, Evelynn, rousettus, mikou, Necipp, elefantino, peter_stoeckl, Perro, tiklod, Miss_Piggy, rcrick, Popye has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Little-white: How near?Proframe 1 07-27 15:48
To Evelynn: Distance between me and the eagle.Proframe 2 07-26 17:52
To pirate: Longitude and latitudeProframe 3 07-25 13:35
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-25 3:40]

Hi Harry,
another exceptional shot from you - sharp focus, lovely light and the inclusion of the piece of wood at the bottom to show us his intended landing spot. Great shot.

Hello Harry,
Great landing photo. A wonderful bird.
Moody light.
Well done

Bonjour Harry
Le cliché est très spectaculaire. J'aime beaucoup la composition avec une forte diagonale, formée par le tronc et le corps de l'oiseau. La position des serres et le regard de l'aigle sont parfaitement bien rendu. Le fond très doux replace la scène dans son milieu naturel. Bravo.

Outstanding...A really great capture...Everything about this photo is excellent...TFS

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-25 4:23]

salut Harry
magnifique image de ce rapace en cours d'aterrissage, la capture du moment est parfaite pour mesurer toute son envergure.

Hello Harry,
Superb landing shot with nice composition and excellent focusing.well done.

Hi Harry
Exposure perfect with sharp details in the white and the very dark feathers, beautifull light with great horizon. Compo just perfect. Impossible to find a critique to this picture, so I have to focus on the location:
Dear Harry, you are repeating the same error I have done to give the correct location: Homer Alaska is lying west of Greenwich so the longitude is minus 151.5460, latitude is correct with plus 59.6449. (thanks again to Peter Geldhart for his explanation on this topic). Otherwise we are landing somewhere in Eastern Siberia and possibly it is even colder there!
As the picture is so great you nevertheless will get your 2 points ;-)

Wow - you made it to Homer? That must be an awesome place for shooting Bald Eagles. And you are bringing home a great shot - especially the light is wonderful! Great detail and landing pose! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-07-25 4:57]

Hi Harry,
Brilliant capture of this bald eagle! Excellent composition and POV.
Great job!

Hello Harry !
Wow, this is a great capture ! The bird is perfectly frozen, with excellent details, and in a wonderful pose. He looks majestic and impressive. I also like the warm morning light, as well as the colors, the composition, the POV and the BG with beautiful see. probably one of the most beautiful eagle picture I have ever seen. Congratulations !

hi harry,
excellent capture ofthe bird in flight, looks like the bird is lending here,well composed shot, sharp image, lovely colours, nice pov,
excellent work,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-25 7:24]

Hello Harry,
What a fantastic light and timing. Sharpness, pose, BG and composition are amazing.

It's all been said before.
One word - Excellent!

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-07-25 7:33]

Wow, this is just amazing! Fantastic pose and lightning and very well handled of you. Great sharpness, exposure and composition!

Best regards/Bengt Falke

Good shot Harry with nice inclusion of the environment...which I always prefer with wildlife images. Best, Brat.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-25 8:32]

Hi Harry,

Another amazing shot - but yours always are! You froze this beautiful eagle in the act of landing! The eagle is perfect - from the wonderful head to the tips of his claws. Excellent colors, sharp details. I love the wood in the water - adds to the marvelous composition.


bonjour harry
juste magnifique!!!

Hello Harry , perfect photo , for wildlife Poster , TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-25 12:01]

Hi Harry,
Another very nice capture of this beautiful bald eagle. The morning light looks beautiful as always. I like the pose you captured a lot. Good timing. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-25 12:50]

Hi Harry,
Wow great capture with good sharpness and great details.
very nice timing from you and you manged to capture the bird in a very good pose with the wings in this position.
Good light and nice colours.
TFS Paula

You get all the shots I hope for. Timing is everything, as shown here.Seems worth it to go get a tele-converter now.Thanks for sharing this photo Harry.


quelle belle image Harry,

superbe focus, superbe détails de cette aigle
et j'aime surtout le cadrage que je troiuve superbe



Belle photo de l' atterissage du boing 777 des rapaces,il est superbes et son attitude lors de son approche, les pince prette, le regard perçant, vous avez bien capté le tout avec une grande netteté. Amitiés Thomas

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-26 0:41]

Hi Harry,
A memorable moment freezed with immaculate sharpness and details. The focus and lighting are superb and lovely colour tones. Amazing timimg. Excellent POV to portray the scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-26 3:28]

Hi Harry,
another awesome capture from you.
Perfect in every way.
Very well done,

Hi Harry
The light is amazing!
Great pose and superb details , great sharpness & lovely composition with excelent colors.
well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-26 8:48]

Once again I'm full of admiration for another fine Eagle shot from you, Harry!
Technically first class, you present this landing Bald-headed Eagle in fine lighting and in an excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Wow! That is fantastic. How far were you from the subject. 340mm is not that long a lens for bird shooting. If this is cropped, it sure retained its sharpness and resolution.

Evelynn : )

Hi Harry,
Very nice flying eagle shot. Colors, details, light, composition very nice. Great timing. good notes. TFS
best wishes

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-26 18:05]

Hi Harry,
What a beautiful photo. You are right. The light was perfect and your exposure is excellent. This is one of the best eagle photos I have seen. I love the dramatic pose of the eagle with outstreched wings and the clenched talons. The details are outstanding and the eye is incredible. Beautiful natural well-saturated colors. Congratulations!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-26 22:21]

Hello Harry

Amazing.The lighting is super,and the focus is tack sharp with wonderful sharpness of detail.The pose of this eagle is spectacular.A gem.TFS


Hi Harry, very well done, cheer

The details are also wonderful and sharp. Very beautiful composition, as well, nice framing.
Best wishes,

Hi Harry,
I can only be astonished for this great shot: sharp, a wonderful subject well captured, but how much near to had you...?

Hello Harry,

Superb capture as this Bald Eagle is coming into land, the birds posture & detail are excellent


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-29 0:05]

Hi Harry.
It's just that kind capture whereupon I must I looking at it very long,I love it.That moment before by than will stop it what it stands to reson,but it no become yet.It holds my eyes in picture.As well as precise quality of this shot.Very well - balanced composition,sharp details and very pleasant palette colours.Excellent you caught this moment.Thank you very much for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

A nice full on shot of this graceful raptor as it lands. The POV makes this a nice strong image of this species. A perfect exposure with beautiful lighting. Nicely done Harry. :)

Hello Harry beautifull shot lovely light and perfect pose can't get better than this tfs rgds Necip.

Buena toma de esta poderosa y elegante ave. Se aprecia con detalle el plumaje y por su postura en el aire se pueden admirar todas las partes de su cuerpo. Oportunidad para la captura !! Harry, muchas gracias por tus correcciones a mi fotografía. No uso programas para tratamiento de imágenes, pero la verdad es que habré de ponerme a ello ya que se consiguen unos sorprendentes resultados. Saludos.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-07-29 23:13]

Bonjour Harry
Prise exceptionelle, plan, cadrage, luminosité et netteté elle est magnifique.
Amicalement Robi

This is an amazing capture with excellent light and sharpness!!!!!!!

Great moment captured, Harry!
I like light, compo. Good compo.
TFS and friendly regards,

Another one of those "OH WOW" shots...
gorgeous - fabulous composition, perfect positioning of the bird, gorgeous colors, great lighting, lots of clear sharp detail.

a capture of amazing perfection and quintessentially condensed iconic qualities. The pose of the landing eagle, most clearly frozen in motion, is most delightful to look at, revealing an incredible number of details and different aspects from such a distance. The arrangement of all those four elements, the bird, the sky, the sea, the landing tree: just breathtakingly perfect. A masterpiece. Phantastic.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-10 7:15]

Hi there,
I am finally back and semi-recovered from my jet lag, so I hope to catch up on some of the beautiful shots I have missed in the past month. : 0
What a fantastic pose you have caught, Harry.
And yes, the light is just magnificent.
An outstanding capture!
TFS. : )

Hi Harry,

What a great capture. And what a beautiful bird. Sharp and a lot of details. Very soft BG, nice. That piece of wood at the bottom show us his intended landing spot. Nice framed. Regards and TFS Bob

Hello Harry,
Fantastic POV and the early lights effect is very nice..Excellent DOF, sharpness, detail, exposure, & details.
The warm colors and composition make it the perfect beginning to a perfect day..
I bet you were happy when you got this one on the PC :)
Very well done & have a Great weekend.

Hi Harry,

This is fantastic photography. The light was very good. I wish it was mine. Well done.


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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-08-26 21:53]

Hello Harry,
An excellent capture of the bird in flight.
A perfect lighting, a fantastic pose and great details.
The composition is outsanding.
Sharp image, lovely colours, nice point of view.
My best regards,

Moment délicat de l'atterissage parfaitement rendu dans ce soleil couchant..
Merci une fois de plus.


Hi Harry
perfect timing
great composition and colours
very well done

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-17 18:40]

Hi Harry,
This is an amazing beautiful shot. I like all details you could take on this excellent shot! A GREAT JOB :-)


Hallo Harry
Exceptional..A truly great capture. Everything about this photo is excellent. The details are just unbelievable. The yellow paws and beak, the impressive and huge wingspan but most of all the clarity of the yellow eyes even from a distance. Fantastic light and timing, with perfect focus and sharpness. Outstanding framework, presented in a delightful manner. Really appreciated this one. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Harry,
Just a magnificent shot of this Bald Eagle, excellent detail in the plumage, that early morning light has really given it a wonderful colour, perfect composition and framing, really nice work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

almost unreal, TFS Ori

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-27 14:51]

Hello Harry,
you done a great job, fantastic pic, beautiful moment captured!
light and details are perfect!

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  • Popye Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 27] (158)
  • [2008-03-29 6:15]

This is a Damn good photo.So colourful and sharp. The warm sunlight colours give so much to the photo.
Absolute perfect. My favourite.
Kind regards

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2008-04-21 3:05]

Bonjour Harry,
Très belle photo de ce rapace se posant sur la branche.
La netteté et les couleurs sont superbes. Le BG est magnifique avec la mer : C'est très épuré.TFS.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-07-22 2:48]

Hi Harry

It is true that so many of your postings come with the "wow" factor. This one probably deserves a double "wow".

Absolute stunning capture with great exposure, a well scaled composition with the placing of the bird, the ocean and the log at all the right positions pertaining to compositional guide lines.

Well done and TFS.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-02-23 22:46]

wow! very nice action shot!
great focus and details!


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