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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: 2008-02-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 500mm AF-S F4.0, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III), CeltickRanger's favorite photos of birds singing, Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-29 23:14
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all I would like to thank you for viewing and all the great commens on my previous uploads. Highly appreciated!!!

This time a close-up shot of one of the White Tailed Eagles I came across during my last trip to Norway February this year.

Did use the Nikon D300 with MB-D10 Power Grip and between the camera and 500mm lens I also did use the Nikon TC17E II Teleconverter.

Shot was taken while I was in a hide on a plateau at the Norwegian coast.

From Wikipedia
Near-extinction and recovery in Europe

White-tailed Eagles are alpha predators. Therefore, they tend to experience bioaccumulation from environmental pollutants that are present in their prey, and also suffered intensive persecution by shepherds and gamekeepers who considered them (usually wrongly to be a threat to their livestock and gamebirds. During the period 1800-1970, White-tailed Eagles in most of Europe underwent dramatic declines, and became extinct in many regions of western, central and southern Europe. While Norway, Germany, Poland and Iceland harboured the largest surviving populations, pockets of reproducing pairs remained in several other countries. Intense conservation actions throughout much of the remaining European distribution range (legal protection to decrease hunting, protection of breeding sites and winter feeding) led to a recovery of many local populations. Since the 1980s, the European white-tailed eagle population has recovered steadily, and is spreading back westward. It has today re-colonised several traditional breeding areas in Europe and the recovery is still on-going, assisted in Great Britain and Ireland by re-introduction schemes.

Some threats still remain, notably illegal persecution by gamebird shooting interests and egg thieves in Scotland, and a new threat from wind turbines is emerging with significant mortality (considerably in excess of the area's population productivity) occurring at the Smřla Windfarm in Norway.

It was successfully re-introduced to the Isle of Rum, in the Small Isles archipelago in Scotland, in 1975 and now breeds throughout the Western Isles and the mainland coast of Wester Ross. The White-tailed Eagle is still a rare breeder in Britain following its extinction and reintroduction, with 36 pairs in 2006.

On 22 May 2006 it was announced that a pair of White-tailed Eagles was breeding in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands. They arrived on their own, not as a reintroduction. This is the first time the bird has bred in the Netherlands in modern times. Early in 2007 the eagles returned to their nest.

The White-tailed Eagle is being re-introduced to the Republic of Ireland, starting in the summer of 2007. Fifteen young eagles from Norway will be released in Killarney National Park in County Kerry in the south-west of Ireland. This comprehensive project will last a number of years with many more eagles being released. The species has a rich history on the island but became extinct in Ireland in the 1800s after persecution from landowners. Fifteen chicks will then be brought in annually for the next five years.

Studies of microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA in White-tailed Eagles from North-central Europe have shown that the recovering European population has retained appreciable amounts of genetic diversity, implying low risk of inbreeding depression (a serious concern in species with low population density). Therefore, the recovery of this formerly endangered species is a true success story for nature conservation. The story also shows how local protection of a species can be successful, and important for preserving the species' evolutionary potential.

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments.

Best regards and have a nice Sunday,


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-03-29 23:44]

Hallo Harry,

Ook al staat er de arend niet volledig op, toch is de foto zeer mooi.
Diagonaal over het beeld met gespreide bek en een zoekend oog geeft altijd een schitterend beeld.
Zeker wanneer de kwaliteit zo hoog ligt dan op deze foto.
Zeer mooi gedaan.

Prettig zondag verder,

Hi Harry neighbour of the day,

Very good diagonally shot.
Your capture him nice in the frame.
Good of sharpness with lots of details.
Beautiful natural colors.

Regards Gert

Hi Harry,
wow! Superb and timely shot in all respects friend. Great composition. TFS. Have a nice sunday.

Hola Harry, muy bonita composición, con buena luz y colores naturales, el detalle de la boca abierta es muy bueno. Un saludo.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-30 2:11]

Hi Harry.
Stunning expressive picture of the majestic bird. I like strong diagonal composition of the image, precise timing and fantastic details of the bird and wonderful BG/bokeh. Lights and colour palette are pleasant and delicate. Bravo.

Hi Harry,
A nice captured portrait of this white tailed eagle. Sharp details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-30 4:01]

Hallo Harry,
Weer een schitterende opname van een Zeearend. De kleuren zijn zo helder! De scherpte en de diagonale compositie fantastisch. Daarbij nog de perfecte timing en het contrast tegen de zachte achtergrond en je hebt een uitmuntende foto. Bedankt.

Splendida immagine e spettacolare momento di cattura, meravigliosa composizione, ottima esposizione con eccellenti dettagli del piumaggio nonostante t.1/200, molto belli i colori con questo magnifico BG chiaroscuro. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-30 5:24]

Hi Harry,
Stunning and splendid shot of this raptor. TFS. Regards,

Hi Harry,

Very good capture. Great composition of Eagle in action. Great natural colours, sharp details and pleasant BG blur. Good work!

Thanks for sharing


Fabulous shot! What a great pose! It says so much...or the eagle is saying so much. ha ha

How very sad about the near extinction...thank God for people who care and take action.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-30 7:58]

Hi Harry,
Very nice portrait of this beautiful eagle. Good details, sharpness, POV, color tones and lighting. TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-30 9:09]

Hello Harry! All your pictures are impressive and this one is another one! Great sharpness, good light and exposure and a great subject, very well done, thanks!


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-30 9:41]

Hi Harry
This is very nice action
very good sharp and detail
well done.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2008-03-30 10:48]

Hi Harry,

Very very good capture, how all your pictures


Hi Harry,

Wonderful portrait of a rare bird, full of strength and expression! Thank you,


Prachtige foto, Harry. Niet anders!
Je weet deze dieren ook wel te vinden. De meeste zijn te vinden langs de kust in Noorwegen maar dan spreken we 'slechts' over enkele duizenden exemplaren over een grote afstand.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-03-30 14:03]

Bonjour Harry,

Encore une foi cette prise est superbe. Bravo pour l'action j'aime bien voir cet oiseau avec son bec puissant grand ouvert. Félicitations pour la présentation parfaite.
Merci pour le partage.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-03-30 17:00]

Hi Harry,
Superb shot! Great timing and excellent composition.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-30 19:50]

Hello Harry,
Looks like he has something to say. Great closeup with spot on focus and exposure resulting in a wonderful image. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-31 2:04]

Very impressive image of this White-Tailed Eagle!
The pose you have captured is awesome... as always :-D
Very good sharpness and superb clarity.
Nice composition too.
I like the simple BG and the DOF is excellent.
Perfect exposure.
Well done Harry!

Hi Harry,
White-tailed Eagle is a majestic bird and you have done a great job with your D300 and the powerful lens you are now using with it.
The placement of partially visible subject diagonally across the frame with a whole lot of empty and uncluttered space gives this image the kind of an outlook that can best be described as avant-garde creativity through digital photography.
TFS and regards.

Hi Harry
Great portrait
Excellent sharpness and detail in the feathers
Nice color and blurred BG
Stunning shot.tfs jon

what a shot, superb! He is beautiful, Looks like a young one? India is filled with eagles, even in big cities, because people do not kill wild life normally. (Poachers of course are another story).

Hi fantastic shot
great moment very good colours
and magnificent sharpness and details
very well done
Tfs Toba

Hello Harry, this is a gorgeous shot with excellent composition, nice timing with the beak open and the expression of the bird. The dof is v. good, all the feathers is within, nice and sharp and good playing bg. Nice work tfs rgds Necip

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-31 10:20]

Harry Excellent composition. Lovely view and great lighting. The frame is just perfect. Ganesh

hello Harry

First of all i have to say that i love alot
this kind of bird images a bird singing or like
this image launching his cry, so i added your great shot
to 2 of my theme, the continuation of my favorite photos

great portrait shot with a fine POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and details and you shot the image
at the best moment, TFS alot


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-03-31 13:05]

Hi Harry

Stunning shot of the Eagle, I think you have really captured the power of the Eagle perfectly, nicely composed with the subject filling the botton r/hand corner of the frame, great colours and excellent use of light, the OOF BG really adds impact to the shot.


Hello Harry. Stunning capture up so close exposing the vividness of the bird. Flawless sharpness in a well timed action exposing beautiful plumage. I like the sharpness in the eye and beak - excellent! Well done and best regards. Jusni

Wonderful shot and note.

Hello Harry,
exellent timing and capture. Great POV and composition. I like also sharp details, eye contact, frame. good notes. many thanks for sharing. best wishes

Hello Harry,

Excellent shot of this eagle. Excellent composition and good timing. Superb detail of the plummage. I like the colours. The expressive eye is great.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-02 6:31]

Hello Harry,
Great open beak calling-action shot of an adult White Tailed Eagle. I can almost hear him!
Once again technically and esthetically superb. I like the Way the head contrasts so well with dark grey BG.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best regards, Ivan

Good framing with the eagle from the side. Immaculate clarity and focus.I learn a lot from your technique of waiting for right moments.
Thanks for sharing.
Sorry I've not been around much.
Missing this all.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-04-03 19:56]

I love the pose of this White-Tailed Eagle with his neck stretch out so far. Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Good composition. The soft color BG bring out the bird even more. Good moment you capture of him calling. Color and light are just adequately presented with enough saturation and contrast to enhanced the image naturally. I really enjoyed this one very much. Thanks Harry.

Hello Harry,
The majestic bird is captured in a fine moment!
Let alone it is a beautiful bird I'm impressed by the quality of details in the plumage...
A dynamic composition!
Pablo -

Hi Harry,
What a wonderful pose you captured here of this Eagle sounding off! I like how you composed this also. The rich brownn and white plumage details are beautiful as well as the eye. The blurred BG is a very pleasing contrast to the bird. Well done.
Hope you have a great weekend! Richard

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-05 22:45]

Hello Harry

Wow great capture!
The POV and DOF is wonderful,the eagle looks awesome against that superb OOF BG.Very lovely bokeh.
Exquisite detail and sharp focus,the eye detail and colour is excellent.
Great job.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-04-06 9:54]

Wonderful photo! Amazing scene, great sharp and detail! TFS

Hello Harry.
The artistic expression in this photo is really remarcable.
Not only the overall quality is fawless, but the composition is perfect. BG colours look very elegant making a great contrast with the eagle.
A great job from my modest opinion.
Regards, Felipe.

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2008-04-09 10:25]

Hi Harry
Great shot, looks like you went to a great deal of work to get this shot, lucky for you that the bird was cooperative and waited till you were ready.
i like the pose of the bird calling.
The light on it was superb.

Have a good week.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-27 7:38]

hello Harry
great capture and successful portrait photo of this bird
i like POV, BG, DOF, colours and details

great pic, no need for the frame though, TFS Ori

an awesome photo of this eagle

superb as always. I am rather envious of you. What a magnificent bird.

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