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Bold Eagle

Bold Eagle
Photo Information
Copyright: Mike Gray (MikeGray) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 58] (403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF100-400 IS L 4.5-5.6L 77, Digital
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-19 9:10
Viewed: 29032
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A little about the Eagle.

The Bald Eagle is Canada's largest bird of prey. Its distinctive features are its white head and tail. But this is true only of the adults since it takes about five years to develop its distinctive plumage. The juveniles are quite dark and are often confused with Golden Eagles. However the Bald Eagle's bare legs separate it from the Golden Eagle's feathered legs.


Associated with river and lake shore habitats. They build huge nests in tops of large poplar trees along the Columbia River and valley lakes.


Bald Eagles have been seen rebuilding their nests as early as February. They may lay their eggs as early as late March and the young are usually fledged by mid-July. In the fall eagles congregate around the Kokanee salmon spawning creeks such as Tobby and Windermere creeks. While most migrate south a few Bald Eagles hang tough all winter, dining on water fowl and animals killed on the railway and highways.

Field Notes

The Bald Eagle is a symbol of strength and freedom: A female Bald Eagle's wings are almost 8 feet long and pound for pound is stronger than an airplane wing. Eagles can fly higher and see further than any other bird. They can strike their prey with twice the force of a rifle bullet.

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  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-05-19 9:23]

hi mike
good pov. black background, white frame, details and sharpness are great. tfs

Hi Mike,
Excellent shot and work.
Great details, sharp and colors.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

Very nice composition - background, colours, details and POV are all excellent. I have a very similar shot.

Hello Mike,

Great portrait of the eagle. Razorsharp, composition, DOF and colours.
Gr. Nildo

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  • MojoUK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
  • [2006-05-19 13:32]

Hi Mike, Beautiful shot of a magnificent bird. The dark bg really makes the white plumage stand out. Very sharp and excellent composition. TFS.

Regards, Mark.

Hi Mike

A beautiful shot. Nicely composed and great quality. Well done!

Hi Mike, A really lovely shot of this magnificent bird. Love the black background I think it really works. A nice sharp image, good detail.


  • Great 
  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-20 1:17]

Hi Mike
A great capture of this bald eagle. It has impact and even on the thumbnail it draws the attention. The black BG works well making the dark body almost disappear with the effect that it almost looks like it is just a head peaking out of the dark.
The composition is excellent, the colours are stunning, the details are remarkably sharp, and the exposure was spot-on.
Very well done and TFS.

Nice portrait of this beautiful eagle. Very well composed. Colours and details are superb.
Very well done!

Hi Mike,

Excellent portrait!
Great details, sharp and colors.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-05-20 17:59]

Hi Mike, excellent sharp picture, the combination of colors with the background is also excellent, Juan

Hello Mike,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition.
Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

A lovely composition Mike.

Hope she didnt squawk at you lol!

Hello Mike,

Great portrait of this majestic bird. Added to my favorite pictures.



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