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Decisive Moment

Decisive Moment
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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: 2006-06-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikon 300mm F2.8 AF-I, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1500 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-06 4:55
Viewed: 7535
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all thanks to all of you who did take a view and those who did write very kind words in their critiques at my previous uploads. Much appreciated.

This shot of a White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) taken at around 10 o'clock in the evening while sailing on board a small boat through the fjords of the Province of Nord Trondelag in Norway.
Camera with lens handheld because a board a ship wich does'nt lie still it just does not work very well using a tripod altough a monopod can be useful in some surcomstances.
Warm regards and have a nice day, Harry


From Wikipedia

White-tailed Eagles are mostly resident, only the northernmost birds such as the Siberian population migrating south in winter.

A small resident population exists in southwesternmost Greenland and western Iceland. The former have been proposed as a distinct subspecies groenlandicus based on their very large size, but altogether this species is considered monotypic and the size variation is clinal according to Bergmann's Rule.

The White-tailed Eagle forms a species pair with the Bald Eagle. These diverged from other Sea Eagles at the beginning of the Early Miocene (c. 10 mya) at latest, possibly - if the most ancient fossil record is correctly assigned to this genus - as early as the Early/Middle Oligocene, some 28 mya (Wink et al. 1996[3]). As in other sea-eagle species pairs, this one consists of a white-headed (the Bald Eagle) and a tan-headed species. They probably diverged in the North Pacific, spreading westwards into Eurasia and eastwards into North America. Like the third northern species, Steller's Sea-eagle, they have yellow talons, beaks and eyes in adults.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-06 5:06]
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Hi harry,
This is another very nice capture of the White Tailed Eagle in action. Light was so beautiful. Very good timing. TFS

Hello Harry,
Superb sharpness, very good POV.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-06 5:18]

Hi Harry,
it's just fantastic, the way you captured the eagle. However there's a lot more action in this one, I liked the suspence in your previous eagle post.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-06 5:19]

Hi Harry,

Wondeful action shot of the Eagle fishing, great composition with a fabulous pose with the Eagle splashing through the water and i like the intense stare you have captured, nice sharp detail and superb colours.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Harry.
Stunning shot, the light is fantastic and so is the timing. That fast shutter speed has frozen the moment perfectly. Detail is exquisit. Stunning

New Zealand

Hello Harry , another excellent action capture from you , sharpness and resolution super , TFS. and good luck .

Hi Harry.
Perfect title. The sharpness and colour are wonderful and the light is beautiful. Very well captured.
Regards, Steve.

Superb work, Harry.
A decisive moment indeed.
Difficult to shoot onboard.
Beautiful evening light.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-06 11:01]

selam Harry
here is perfect timing and wonderful dynamic composition of this beautiful eagle while it is hunting
composition, point of view, colours, lighting, sharpness and details are great
i hope we will see another photos of this activity
thanks for sharing

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-06 11:24]

Great action shot of eagle with stunning exposure and colors. Exceptional sharpness for action shot. Outstanding composition.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-06-06 11:50]

Hi Harry,

Excellent action shot. Perfect timing. the colors and sharpness are beautiful.
Good job!

Dag Harry,

a great action shot. I really like it, but tell me more.
Did this fellow just miss a fish? I'm guessing he was hunting for something.
The superfast shutter speed worked to freeze the action.


Another fantastic freeze frame inflight shot of this magnificant raptor, the lighting couldn't be any better Harry. A job well done. :)

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-06 18:17]

hi harry : nice capture of this eagle, beautiful colours with nice Bg, good composition and details TFS well done.

This is a great shot , I love the water surface and the circumstances which made it make it a very pleasing shot overall. The warm tones are particularly pleasing.

Hello Harry,
What a spectacular image. My hope is to one day be able to take a photo like this but I don't know that it is ever going to happen. It is just superb. Such wonderful detail along with all that action. I'm impressed.

Hi Harry
Another great shot!
Perfect sharpness of the head combined with dynamic blur on the feet is very attractive.

Hola Harry,
Preciosa toma, la composición, definción y luz son extraordinarias. TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

They say that timing is everything. You have captured the "Decisive Moment" perfectly. This shot has a life of its own..and you own the shot ;}
And shooting from the boat as well.
Hats-off to ya!

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-06-08 13:28]

Hi Harry,
This is a wonderful capture of this eagle in action.
Nice moment indeed.
The details,POV and colors are marvellous.
My compliments.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-11 7:05]

Hello Harry,
Superb capture of a mature White-tailed Eagle taking off. Excellent lighting, sharpness and composition of a well-timed shot.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-12 4:25]

Harry excellent and wonderful shot. I just can see imagine the effect it created. I can see the water shed out of its legs. Excellent shot. TFS PT

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-06-15 14:26]

what's the catch?
Excellently timed shot,
brilliant details and compo.
Outstanding efforts Harry :D

Cheers :D

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  • akazemi (111)
  • [2007-06-26 17:15]

Hi harry
Excellent shot. the colors, focus and sharpness are beautiful


Wow! Excellent shot. You have captured an action filled moment. Sharply focussed and good composition. The eagle seems to be a little overexposed. May be you could have tried the 'burn' tool in adobe photoshop. Anyways, great work.

So far I have not seen a picture of White-tailed Eagle after throwing fish.

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