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Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day
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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, 1/1250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II), Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-22 8:11
Viewed: 5987
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the third of a series off images I did take of this White Tailed Eagle catching a fish.
The first one is called Balance and the second one Decisive Moment

Here you can see that the attack on the fish was successfull for the eagle, but unfortunately less for the fish.


From Wikipedia

Breeding of the White Tailed Eagle:

White-tailed Eagles are sexually mature at four or five years of age. They pair for life, though if one dies replacement can occur quickly. A bond is formed when a permanent home range is chosen. They have a characteristic aerial courtship display which culminates in the pair locking claws mid-air and whirling earthwards in series of spectacular cartwheels. White-tailed Eagles are much more vocal than golden eagles, particularly during the breeding season and especially the male when near the eyrie. Calls can sometimes take on the form of a duet between the pair.

The nest of the White-tailed Eagle is a huge edifice of sticks in a tree or on a coastal cliff. Being faithful to their territories, once they breed, nests are often reused, sometimes for decades. In Scandinavia, trees have been known to collapse under the weight of enormous, long established nests.

The territory of the White-tailed Eagle ranges between 30 and 70 km², normally in sheltered coastal locations. Sometimes they are found in-land by lakes and along river systems. The territory of the White-tailed Eagles can overlap with the territory of the golden eagle, though competition between the two species is limited. Golden eagles prefer mountains and moorland, while the White-tailed Eagle prefers the coast and the sea.

Mated pairs produce one to three eggs per year. The eggs are laid two to five days apart in March or April and are incubated for 38 days by both parents. Once hatched, chicks are quite tolerant of one another, although the first hatched is often larger and dominant at feeding times. The female does most of the brooding and direct feeding, with the male taking over now and then. Young are able to feed themselves from five-six weeks and they fledge at eleven-twelve weeks, remaining in the vicinity of the nest, dependent on their parents for a further six-ten weeks.

Surplus chicks are sometimes removed from nests to use in reintroduction programs in areas where the species has died out. If left in the nest, they are usually killed by the first-hatched sooner or later, as in most birds of prey.

In such programs, the birds are raised in boxes on platforms in the tree canopy and fed in such a way that they cannot see the person supplying their food, until they are old enough to fly and thus find their own food.

Warm regards and I do wish all of you a great weekend,


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-22 8:14]

Hi Harry,
Another beautiful eagle photo from you. Light and the timing is very good. I like those water drops and the color tones a lot. Well done and TFS
Have a nice weekend

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-22 8:45]

Hi Harry.
Wonderful shot.Excellent you caught this moment.This eagle is precise "frozen" with superb fine details.Beautiful light.I like fine nuances colours on plumage so much.Very good composition,POV and focus.My compliments and thank you very much for sharing this fabulous picture.
Best greetings Milos.

Hi Harry,

Excellent timing and excellent shot of this eagle. colours, BG and POV are great. TFS.

Spectacular moment captured here! WOW! Such power in this photo - power and speed. WOnderful!!!


Another wonderful photo in action. Well done!
This is the second photo I critique of you today, and the second one I think is stunning. You are very lucky to be able to capture shots like these. I think there are a number of fellow- members that envy you.
Thank you for the interesting note as well. MUCH better than the first. Information on the subject is always much appreciated.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-22 8:59]

Hello Harry,
Magnificent action capture.POV,sharpness,moment you caught,exposure,lighting and composition are excellent.
Very well done!

Harry, the kind of DOF and focus you have acheived is amazing. The exposure is great. Colours GREAT. Action - splendid.

GREAT work! regards, K

amazing action catch wonderful focus nice DOF i'd have selectivly darkened the face and top of the eagle just a bit though

Fantastic image Harry! It's pictures like this that make photography so exciting. Perfect exposure and super lighting make this image stand out, colors and details are just right. I think most important aspect of the image is the combination of the subject and action that make this visually appealing. :)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-22 10:06]

Hi Harry,
Stunning shot and a fantastic moment captured. Very neat and sharp with fine focus and perfect lighting. The rippled waters as BG and the water droplets splashed up gives a marvellous effect. Excellent POV to portray the shot. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

hi harry,
beautiful photo of the eagle in flight with the hunt, very crisp image quality, nice lighting, well composed shot,
excellent work,
tfs & regards

These are really and truly PRO FRAMES, Harry...
So congratulations!
These images are just photographic music; be a couch Ipomoea batatas and listen...
Catch of the day...indeed!!!

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-06-22 11:46]

Hello Harry,
Fantastic shot. Perfect timing and beautiful lighting. Excellent composition.
TFS, Smitha.

great capture of this rare bird in action, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-22 13:17]

Hello Harry,
Once again a superb Eagle shot, the timing of the fish capture being just right and the sharpness, lighting and composition first class. The colours of this adult White-tailed Eagle are well portrayed.
All together a great image.
TFS and have a nice weekend!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-06-22 14:12]

Hi Harry
Composition is perfect. Also the very best moment with the wings held forward giving perfect viwes at the fish.
The whole serie is indeed perfect.

Hi Harry.
Ah, ha. So he did get it, I have been waiting to see if you would post the next frame.
Again a stunning shot, the light is fantastic and so is the timing. Detail is exquisit.

New Zealand

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-23 5:52]

Hi Harry,
an awesome capture.
Very sharp and detailed.
Well done,

Hi Harry

A truly beautiful moment frozen! Great light and details in the picture.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-23 21:43]

Stunning photo! The image is razor sharp. Incredible detail. Interesting the way the eagle carries the fish. The colors are amazing. I like you choice of crop and the frame. This is a beautiful nature shot.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-06-24 1:25]

Harry, very beautiful indeed.

Congratulations on the series.

Hello Harry,
Incredible photo, how many attempt to succeed in this great photo. Congratulations.

Harry this is an awsome catch one that any photographer should bwe proud of the the timing and sharpness is perfect a very well composed shot the POV and light is just spot on. well done! rgds Necip.

bonjour harry
cette capture est remarquable,l'oisea uet sa proie sont parfaitement net malgré le mouvement.
bonne couleur et luminosité.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-26 22:45]

Hello Harry

Fantastic timing and wonderful POV in this capture.The focus is spot on and the details are sharp.The lighting and colours are well handled.The determination on this bird's face is intense.Very nicely shown.TFS


Hola Harry,
Espectacular captura de gran belleza, el momento, la composición, luz son extraordinarias, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-28 13:26]

wow! Amazing shot Harry. The light is stunning here, the shot is perfectly sharp, the moment captured is amazing..well it is all just perfect.



Hello Harry.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.
Great composition.

Jose Luis.

Absolutely fantastic capture Harry, I could only imagine the feeling of accomplishment when nailed this one. Excellent work..

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2007-07-17 4:05]

Gosh - what a take.. Enough said!


Hi Harry,
Breathtaking shot!

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