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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
Photo Information
Copyright: Serge Gagne (sergegagne) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 150 W: 1 N: 136] (401)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF75-300 III USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-02-06 21:47
Viewed: 5321
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is an enormous bird. Haliaeetus denotes "sea eagle," and leucocephalus refers to its white head. The wings, wide and long for soaring, span more than 2 m. When perched, the bird measures about 76 cm tall. Weights of over 7 kg are not uncommon. On average, females are larger than males, and juveniles are larger but lighter in weight than adults of the same sex. Bald Eagles that breed in the southern United States are smaller than those that breed farther north.

Males and females have identical plumage. Adults have a dark brown (almost black) body that contrasts sharply with the white feathers on the head and tail, and the yellow beak, eyes, and legs. It takes a young Bald Eagle four or five years to achieve this distinctive coloration. Until then, bird watchers may confuse it with other birds, such as the Turkey Vulture and Golden Eagle.

To kill and handle prey, Bald Eagles have massive beaks, large talons, and oversized feet equipped with small spikes, called spicules.

The majestic Bald Eagle is Canada’s largest bird of prey. One of 59 species of eagles in the world, the Bald Eagle is one of two eagles in North America (the other is the Golden Eagle) and the only exclusively North American eagle.

Bald Eagles can see three or four times farther than people, an obvious advantage to a bird that hunts and scavenges. They probably hear about as well as humans do, but their senses of taste and smell are poorly developed.

This individual has been adopted by the Ecomuseum. My note is composed of extracts from the monograph on the Bald Eagle which can be found at a beautiful Web site from the government of Canada called Hinterland Who’s Who.

Photographic notes

Image captured on January 1st at 2:07 pm
Light on the subject coming from the Sun at it’s left (West)
ISO 400
Focal lenght : 600 mm (300 mm with 2X converter)
RAW format saved in JPEG at TN size

Fisher, Luc, Janice, ellis49, liquidsunshine, willie, marhowie, carper, Signal-Womb, azulu has marked this note useful
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Serge, Excelent capture of the bald eagle. Well composed and details.
Just a bit bright.
Well done.
I tried a workshop for practice.


Hi my Friend, it's a nice portrait.
Good POV, composition and details.
The head is little bright, but you shot with RAW so you could fix it with a new converting. It's better to do this when you convert instead using the PS afterwards and you can also set the WB correct when you convert.
Very well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-07 1:46]

Wow Serge, I like this shot of the eagle. He looks so stern and regal. The white feathers are a bit bright, but otherwise, very good. TFS.

Very nice portrait Serge. He has a mean look about him. You captured the shot perfectly and handled the whites well. Good job

Serge, Nice mugshot with good details seen in the plumage. Composed well also. Whites are always problematic with the light at this time of day it seems. Excellent note. Well Done!!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-07 11:14]

Fantastic look he has Serge,
Very good composing shot, very nice cropp, very good details and I like those eyes, very good job I like it very much

Very nice portrait shot Serge,
Nice composition,details & colours
Thanks for posting

It's a beautiful stare. Nice details and a majestic creature. A tad bright at the top. But a great shot none the less. Well done.

Belle capture que ce regard perçant qui nous fixe... Un tantinet surexposé sur le bec et le plumage de la tête.

This is very good Serge. The detail in the pens is wonderful and man what an intense stare. great stuff.

Bonne composition et très bons détails dans le plumage du corps.
Considérant la prise de vue à l'Ecomuseum, l'arrière-plan devrait être mieux choisi : le ciel aurait été préférable parce qu'il aurait créé un bon contraste avec l'oiseau. La tête est surexposée. Dans ce cas, on doit exposer en fonction de la tête, ou compenser l'exposition de moins 1 à 1/2 cran. Les parties brûlées sont irrécupérables en post-traitement, tandis que les sous-expositions mineures peuvent toujours être récupérées.
La note est excellente et j'ai beaucoup appécié le lien vers Faune et flore du pays.
Merci Serge!

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-02-08 15:14]

Excellent shot Serge. Great details in this photo with nice colors and sharpness. Good note as usual. Good job.



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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-09 5:05]

Appréciation personnelle de la photo: bonne
Pertinence de la photo pour le site: excellente
Degré de difficulté pour le photographe lors de la capture (appréciation personnelle): facile
Degré d'utilité de la note: élevée: j'apprécie grandement le lien vers Hinterland Who's Who.
Commentaire: Serge, je teste actuellement une nouvelle et personnelle façon d'écrire mes critiques et tu es parmi les premiers auxquels j'en envoie.
Tout commentaire sera grandement apprécié.
La plupart des oiseaux vus de face ont souvent un air 'nono'. Je ne crois pas que celui-ci échappe à la règle. Ton arrière-plan n'est pas très naturel. Par contre, la netteté des détails est impeccable.
p.s.: j'apprend des choses avec la critique de René en particilier lorsqu'il traite des parties brûlées.

I love your photo so much. Great colours and sharpness!
Just perfect!

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