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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/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-15 3:12
Viewed: 6616
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 130
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a shot of an imature Bald Eagle wich I did take just a minute after Just Before Touch Down
The juvenile does try to intimidate the mature eagle by shooting out loudly.
It seemed to work for a few seconds, but after a bad look from the mature one the youngster did shut his big mouth :)

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 baldeagleinfo.com

There are an estimated 7,066 nesting pairs of bald eagles, due to the efforts of federal agencies, tribes, state and local governments, conservation groups, universities, corporations, and thousands of individuals.

Nests - The shape of the eagle nest or aerie is determined mainly by the branch point where it's built. Sticks placed in tree forks result in cylindrical or conical shaped nests. Disk shaped nests are built on the ground or a tree branch which is nearly level. Bowl shaped nests occur where the tree trunk branches off into smaller upright branches.
Bald eagles build their nests in large trees near rivers or coasts. A typical nest is around 5 feet in diameter. Eagles often use the same nest year after year. Over the years, some nests become enormous, as much as 9 feet in diameter, weighing two tons. Even when a nest tree falls or a strong wind blows a nest down, the established pair usually rebuilds at or near the site within a few weeks if it is near the breeding season. The nest may be built in a tree, on a cliff, or even on the ground if there are no other options available.

Eagles are territorial during nesting season. They will keep other eagles out of their own nesting area. Their nesting territory is usually one to two square miles.

Sexual maturity - An eagle reaches sexual maturity at around four or five years of age. At that time, the eagle's energies become concentrated on the effort of finding a mate and raising offspring. Bald eagles mate for life, but when one dies, the survivor will not hesitate to accept a new mate.
During breeding season, both birds protect the nest territory from other eagles and predators.

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments. Much appreciated.
Best wishes and have a nice day,

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Hi Harry,
WOW!! Beautiful!! Excellent POV showing the two birds. Outstanding action shot with great exposure and composition. Very well done.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-15 3:31]

Great moment! Well done!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-15 3:32]

Hi Harry,
details, POV, focus, low golden lighting etc are all perfect, but it's the timing that makes this an exceptional shot. You are setting a very high standard.

Hello Harry,

A great dramatic shot! Beautifully composed and using the light well!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Harry,
Alweer zo'n super foto. De interactie tussen de volwassen adelaar ne het jong is prachtig. Ik ben vooral erg gescharmeerd van het warme licht. Het maakt de kleuren toch wel stukken mooier en de schaduwen zacht. Scherpte en compositie zijn weer super. Al had ik de linker vleugel van de volwassen vogel ook graag scherp gezien. Maar goed, da's dan erg veel gevraagd.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-08-15 3:48]

Excellente prise le timing est parfait et la composition est très jolie.

Hola Harry,
Otra genial y bella presentación, preciosa la expresión y pose, gran nitidez, luz y fondo, TFS, que tengas un buen día. Saludos
José Ramón

This picture cries out for a caption contest. Your title of "Intimidation" is perfect. If you would enter it, I'm sure this would be a contest winner.


Stupenda immagine!
Un saluto Pierdamiano

This is very impressive Harry! As I can understand they were not from the same family? I like this action shot a lot that show us perfectly the strong temperament of those majestic birds. Thanks for sharing this great moment.

Wonderful light - you're right! Great poses captured with superb clarity! Though I doubt the title a little - looks to me as if the young demands feeding... ;)
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Harry,

The sunrise it's the best time to take photos. You see the results in this wonderful shot. What a soft colours. Perfect. POV, BG and DOF are oké. But the "just before touchdown" photo is just like this one: Almost perect. Regards and TFS Bob

Hello Harry
Very intersting shot of these Bald Eagles,
Perfect moment to shoot,
Great focusing ,lighting and DOF,Superb shot.

Good Luck

Hi Harry
great pose of both the calling immature and the wing spread of the adult. well done

hello harry,
what a lovely shot, your timing is perfect to shoot this shot, lovely composition , nice pov, sharp image with good details,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Harry,
The interaction you've captured is the mark of a great image..this one has that something special that sets it apart from the rest.
Wonderful POV of the action with excellent detail, color, and comp.
Very well done & have a nice day.

Hi Harry
Very nice shot, light, compositión and very nice eagles but the best, the moment.

Hi Harry,
This is a great photo,a realy wildlife photo I love the colours and the pose.


Nice action here, Harry!
Good details and well saturated colours and interesting notes.

Bonjour Harry
Très belle prise, détails, couleurs et netteté
Attitude des sujet ! Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-15 8:39]

Hi Harry,

What timing to get this shot! The young one shouting and the look on the older one's face is priceless. Wonderful compostion.


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-08-15 9:34]

Hi Harry,
WOW ! Brilliant capture of these eagles! Perfect timing and great POV.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-15 9:44]

Hello Harry,
Very well-timed and dramatic capture. I love the morning light and the pose of the birds both sharply in focus. Excellent POV and a very fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Harry,
Nice shot of these eagles. Good detail and the warm light is very pleasing. You stopped the action very well!
Great as usual.

Bonjour Harry
Belle photo, belle lumière de fin de journée et netteté impeccable.
Bonne composition de l'image.

Hello Harry
Beautiful photo, beautiful light of end of day and impeccable clearness.
Good composition of the image.

excellent pose captured , excellent light
great shot, once again, well done

Stunning capture, especially with the exposure, details, and the crisp background. I am slightly envious!

Hi HArry
And other perfect portrait
the natural colors add to the contrasting sky
very sharp focus showing great details on the expression and plumage,
perfect composition and POV,
TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hi Harry,
You really seem to be able to go to some fantastic place to take your photos, lucky guy. This is a great photo, I love the pose and moment you have got here. Very clear and pleasing photo.
Best regards

Quelle chance de pouvoir observer de telles merveilles!
Rien à redire,c'est parfait!


hi harry,

super lightning and action!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-16 2:46]

Hi Harry

To have got a shot of one bird in their respective poses would have been brilliant - but to get both!! Great detail and light too.


Hi Harry.
Superb light and great behaviour image with again all your tec's spot on. Detail, colour, sharpness, exposure, absolutly perfect. Wonderful image and great notes with it.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-16 4:41]

Hi Harry,
Excellent pose, pov, composition and moment.
TFS, José M.

Hello Harry,

It is so difficult to find a picture from your gallery to comment on! Your wildlife gallery is one of the best I've seen on TN. I've chosen this one for the reasons explained below.


Composition could not have been done better. It is simple, with no distracting objects and well distributed empty space. The background is perfect to isolate the eagles. What makes it so special? It's the action of the birds and the unrepeatable moment when it was taken. Great job!


The colors are natural ad well rendered in the soft morning light. The white balance was also well adjusted to show the warm color tones.


Excellent contrast in the foreground! It defines better the great details in the foreground. Also, note the well distribution of contrast between foreground and background.


The light was very well controlled! You exposed the scene perfectly to preserve the details in both dark and white plumage. The early morning light created soft shadows that don't hide the details.


The accurate focus on the birds rendered sharp details throughout the subjects. DOF wasn't so much of a concern since the background was the plain blue sky.

As I said before, an absolutely amazing picture! The frame is also appropriate for this shot. Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Wonderful composition - so much to see in this photo. Fabulous! Great lighting and wonderful color and sharpness. Another masterpiece. Your gallery is amazing!

This is really well taken Harry - you managed to capture both birds with interesting postures, and I like the interaction between them.
Maybe the immature bird was begging for food, but either way the adult doesn't look too impressed!
I'm amazed how close you managed to get to these birds - even with the 70-200 and teleconverter you can't have been very far away.
The smudgy defocused clouds are a slight distraction, but not enough to worry about.
This is an excellent shot Harry, well done.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-16 12:12]

Hi Harry. Your pictures are a joy to look at. The detail and sharp focusing in this one is first class. your use of the warm sunlight gives the colours the a real warmth to them. Timing in this is spot on . with its great pose. excellent all round. very well done
TFs with notes worth reading.

Hi Harry,
Very nice exposure, composition, POV and DOF. Nothing to say... perhaps, WOW!

Nice action shot and great light, overall.

Hi Harry,
Great photo. Action, BG, composition extra ordinary. TFS. Mustafa

Hi Harry

This is a pure pleasure to view. Stunning quality and perfect timing. Thank you for sharing such and amazing image. :-)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-17 1:44]

Hi Harry,
Colors, light, composition and pose you captured are very good. TFS
Have a nice weekend

déjà note super interressante
belle présentation aux belles couleurs, bons détails et on remarque bien, l'agresseur, bravo, merci du partage

Hello Harry,
Nice interaction between the adult and the young. Immature Bald eagles are really impressive...they are so big...; you can actually see this very good in your excellent image as you can compare it to the mature one..
Outstanding decisive moment and wonderful double portrait!

Hello Harry,
You have a excellent and beautiful gallery that I really enjoyed the great work of yours!
this one is no exception with perfect sharpness, exposure and focus, vivid colour and details
well composed and well seen
thanks so much for sharing

Ha Harry,

Weederom een Pracht plaat
Compo, timing, kleur, belichting, scherpte en achtergrond zijn PERFECT

TFS Thijs

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-17 11:17]

Hi Harry,
Wonderful moment captured with sharp details and fine focus. Fantastic lighting and against the sky as BG they stand out well. Excellent POV to portray this 'intimidated' scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Harry another superb succesfull shot just wonderfull and great timing well composed and you were exactly in the right place at the right time perfect tfs rgds Necip.

Superb image which clearly demonstrates the inmteresting story accompanying it. Very well done.


bonjour Harry

une autre de tes superbes photographies
que je considère comme photo d'action comme je les aimes

MERCI pour le partage


Lighting and exposure are good. The captured moment is fantastic, like a picture out of National Geographic Magazine.


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-08-17 23:11]

Hello Harry,
Excellent capture. Perfect timing. Good POV, lovely composition and beautiful lighting.Thanks a lot for sharing this marvelous shot.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-18 9:06]

Hello Harry, great work again my friend, not only the subject in itself is incredible, the composition is as striking with that beautiful branch ! Sharp and well exposed too. It's great art ! Congratulations ! Thanks,


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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-08-18 14:18]

Woww! Wonderful

This is a wonderful action shot with beautiful morning light. I think the babies get spoiled and expect to be fed even when they are about the same size as parents. I saw a Raven youngster, as large as mom, badger the heck out of the parent until it was fed something. It was quite rough. Another spoiled teenager with an attitude. : )

TFS a beautiful shot.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-18 23:37]

Hi Harry - excellent capture and well worth the 100+ points!
This is an awesome shot, and so interesting to see.
BRAVO and Congratulations!

Very nicely done on the frame fill the subject are brought to full attention without disstration as the viewer can focus more on the behavior of these two beautiful raptors. Super catch Harry. :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-19 20:43]

Hello Harry

This is so beautiful.The composition is wonderful.Excellent clarity with razor sharp focus and details.The lighting is very warm with very good details.TFS


Ugggh , i saw newly this photo , this is a very artistic bird photo , congratulations Harry .

Sometimes I wonder just how you manage to be in the right locations all the time.
What a perfect moment of capture. Sure is a difference seeing shots taken that give the eyes a real perception of what is taking place, and how you want to portray it. Your galley inspires me to no end.

Another stunner... tfs, Harry!

Another WOW!!! here.. :) Great action shot great pose from both the male and female. Warm lighting is beautiful, composition is just perfect. Lucky man you are to be able to go to places like this. :)

An incredible moment in incredible light. I am amazed.

Wow, how you can take pictures in such cold wheather Harry :-). Great scene captured in very good composition and light.TFS

great capture, TFS Ori

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