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Looking for Fish
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III), Wildlife of Japan, CeltickRanger's favorite Eagle photos, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-11 9:17
Viewed: 9432
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at the Akkan crane over wintering site (see earlier postings). I was using my 300mm 2.8 + 1.4x converter.

The sea-eagles are a group of birds of prey in the genus Haliaeetus in the bird of prey family Accipitridae.

Sea-eagles vary in size, from the Sanford's Fish-eagle averaging 2–2.7 kg to the huge Steller's Sea-eagle weighing up to 9 kg. At up to 6.9 kg, the White-tailed Eagle is the largest eagle in Europe. Bald Eagles can weigh up to 6.3 kg, making them the second largest eagle native to North America. The White-bellied Sea-eagle can weigh up to 3.4 kg.

There are eight living species:

White-bellied Sea-eagle (H. leucogaster)

Sanford's Sea-eagle (H. sanfordi)

African Fish-eagle (H. vocifer)

Madagascar Fish-eagle (H. vociferoides)

Pallas's Fish-eagle (H. leucoryphus)

White-tailed Eagle (H. albicilla)

Bald Eagle (H. leucocephalus)

Steller's Sea-eagle (H. pelagicus)

Three obvious species pairs exist; White-tailed and Bald Eagles, Sanford's and White-bellied Sea-eagle, and the African and Madagascar Fish-eagles. Each of these consists of a white- and a tan-headed species, and the tails are entirely white in all adult Haliaeetus except Sanford's, White-bellied, and Pallas's

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Hello James,
Excellent composition of the spread wings of the Sea-eagle!
the exposure and focus is spot with perfect sharpness, awesome colour and so much details especially on the plummage and wings!
very well done and TFS
best regards

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-11 9:23]

Hi James,

A nice capture of this eagle,I see the white tailed eagle sometimes in air,but most of the time high up,and haven't made a descent capture yet,but this will happen a day,I suppose,you managed quite well,the colors and details are awesome,tfs


Great shot!


Hello James,
Superb shot! Perfectly freezed in flight, I like sharpness and eagle´s looking

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-11 10:03]

Hello James,
What an excellent photo with amazing sharp detailed patterns in the wings. The colours are really perfect. The best in flight shot of this Eagle I ever saw. Great composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-11 10:03]

Hi James,

A superb capture of this eagle in a wonderful position. Excellent details - I love the wings and the white tail. The colors are beautiful and rich. The eagle shows off so well in that blue blue sky.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-11 10:17]

Hello James,
Wow, brilliant capture of this Sea-eagle in beautiful light. Wonderful spread-out wings showing great details and beautiful colours. I love the way you got focus on the eye too and the slightly turned head. Wonderful!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello James
A perfect capture of one of the sea eagle from Akkan again. Wonderful composition, excellent BG, focus, eyes contact. Splendid coloration. Great symetry. Greeting. best wishes.

A dramatic image of a highly symbolic bird of prey. Some of your finest in this arena. Looks like you had a great trip to Japan.....ah yes...trusty Canon in the right hands..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-11 11:27]

Hi James. This is first class work. you have used you lens and coverters to the best. very good timing on your part to get this one over head. good use of the light has given fine detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-11 11:46]

Wow, James, I am so impressed at the sharpness and beauty of this eagle, captured against a fantastic blue sky. This eagle is flying in bright light, so beautiful. Thank you!


Hi James
It is simply beautiful. I dont know what to say. Perfect sharpness, background, POV and exposure
Nothing to critique :-)
Best wishes

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-11 12:28]

Hi James

Wow!!! this is just...wow!
Now that i'm thinking of it, i don't know why i never associated your name with in-flights...after this one, i won't make the mistake anymore, i'll tell you that!
This is a splendid shot of this magnificent eagle pictured on a perfect blue BG! The details and colors here are just impressive and the pose you managed to capture it in here is just...graceful!
There is one very small thing i would have been tempted to chance though: the amount of room in front of the eagle...but that's just nit picking ;)
Anyway, an outstanding image!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-11 12:40]

Hola James,
perfecta captura,
excelente foco e iluminación sensacional,

amazing-perfect pic, but I did not understqand from your note which species is it. Ori

Hi James, marvelous capture of this flying-looking for fish Fish Eagle with excellent details and great sharpness, wonderful light and good colors friend!

Hello James,
impressive capture of the remarkable wingspan of this eagle of sea.
....excellent presentation!!!

best regards sERGIO

hello James

AOUTCH ! what a sipuerb inflight shot of this sea-eagle,
excellent POV that show's us the excellent sharp details
of the eagles and eagles wings underparts, excellent contrast,
lovely blue sky, excellent density of the colours,

just one thing James and i just want to be more useful
than a critiquer, i love the vertical framing but the eagle
is too on the center of the image, i kno that is more easy to write
now than to shoot it in the action to leave more space in front
of the eagle, that can be in the PP of the photo too, too many times
is in my images editing that i do the framings because in my shots
the subjects are in the center of the image

TFS for this great shot James, soon i'll do a personnal theme
on the eagles and this image will go on it


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-11 17:03]

J James,

Excellent sharness over the eagle, love the wingspan, he looks so gracious. Beautiful colours against the blue skye! Very well done!


I think you captured every single feather absolutely perfectly. Great panning work. It looks like you had some nice weather there in Japan. Haven't seen a blue sky like that for weeks and weeks.

Evelynn : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-11 18:34]

Hello James

Wow beautiful capture with amazing plumage detail.
The colours are wonderful,deep and well saturated.
Excellent POV and DOF.
Great Job.


Hey James,
What to say ? Everyone has used up all the awesomes, Excellents, & Superbs there are, so all the can say is this DAM GOOD SHOT :)

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-02-11 23:08]

Hi James, very excellent colour and detail seen on this shot of your Sea-eagle, and while providing great light on the shadow regions the highlights are still very well defined. The use of a portrait frame works well in this shot, accentuating that wing spread. Very nice.

Thanks, John

Wonderful shot of the sea-eagle. Do you think a litlle cloud as BG would make the shot more dramatic? Anyway, Overall shot is great.
Best regards,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-12 1:38]

Hi James,
Remarkable shot!
Amazing composition with perfect blue BG!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-12 4:14]

This is your best yet James!!!
The pose is exceptional!
Superb exposure and lighting.
There's so much detail!
Very good composition.
Vibrent colours.
Mind-blowingly well done,


Hello James,

Wow!!! Incredible picture of this eagle in flight! The details are astonishing (we can see all the different feathers tones!!!) The nice blue sky enhances so well the bird too!

Great job and TFS!


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-12 7:27]

Hello James,
Fantastic in-flight capture of this magnificent bird!
Great pose & details captured, wonderful bright sky as a background,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-12 10:13]

Hi James.
What a superb shot in every aspect. What a fantastic sunlight and illumination of all image of the bird. Exposure and colour reproduction are spot on as well as the posture of the bird, its wingspread and composition of the image. My congratulations.

Hi James, Excellent shot of this eagle. Love the sharp feather details you managed on this one. Great POV. Well done, TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-12 17:12]

Wow! Hello James, perfect shot of the Eagle, tremendous exposure, great sharpness and very well done composition, a masterpiece for sure! Thanks,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-13 0:40]

Hi James,
I will be back with a proper critique.

Very nice color and details James, I like the way the lights direction here has worked entirely in your favor :)
Very well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-13 6:46]

Hello James,
We have White-tailed Eagles here during the winter but it is very rare to be able to take a shot like this one. This in-flight of an adult is superb in every way showing fantastic plumage details from below and the turned head gives us a fine view of the beak and eyes.
Thanks for sharing this impressive image,

Hi James,
A nice flying action capture of this bald eagle. Excellent sharpness with very good composition. Which is not an easy to do shoot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-13 10:02]

Hi James

What magnificent wings. You have caught some amazing details here with every feather standing out clearly. Complete frozen action.



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-14 2:54]

Hi James,
I've missed this one. Sea eagles are charming raptors... Lovely in-flight of this beauty.
Thanks and greetings,

Hello James, wow, this is just awesome beautifully composed. the light is just excellent, v. sharp focus and detail. A real killer shot, adding to my faves, it can't get better than this.. tfs Rgds Necip

Hello James , excellent details , perfect flight photo of this magnificient eagle , TFS .

Hi James,
This is an impressive bird and picture! What a beauty! Details, exposure and composition are outstanding. You must be proud of this great capture. TFS,

Hi James

I thought I'd critique some of your older material and arrived at this one fabulous photo. Magic stuff. I could never get these in-flight shots sorted out like you and some of our other esteemed friends manage to do. Then I read what Asbed said about the space in front and imagined I could try my hand at a workshop just for the fun. See if you like it.

Well done and TFS.

PS. I was just again reminded at what a wealth of amazing postings you have done the last year and four months. You are definitely one of TrekNature's worthy contributors.

Without words.

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