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Call me Goldy!

Call me Goldy!
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 100, Skylight
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-17 2:03
Viewed: 4789
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I sincerely hope that I have the ID right on this one! This is the Golden Eagle. The Golden Eagle(Aquila Chrysaetos) is a large brown and golden colored booted eagle that can be found in mountainous areas of the U.S.A. This bird of prey can weigh up to 15 pounds and can have a wing span of up to eight feet. It ranges throughout the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Asia. It builds nests on mountain rocks and ledges, and feeds on small mammals and reptiles.

This guy was tucked away in the shadows, with little streaks of light coming through the branches – forcing me to go to low shutter speeds. I stuck to 100ISO to get the best possible quality.

The camera settings:

Program Mode: Apperture Priority
Focal Length: 286mm
F Stop: F/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/60
ISO: 100
Tripod: Yes
Flash: Diffused Off Camera
Cable release: Yes

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To RAP: Reflectionjapie 1 11-17 12:22
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Hi Japie

Another wonderful image. Your photos are always so nice to view and you include great notes. Many thanks

Hi, Great shot I like the reflection in the eye very good details.
Well done

Great Japie.
A beauty-
Good compo, details and colours.
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-17 4:18]

King of bird beautifully captured. Another super picture from you, Japie!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-17 5:07]

A beautiful bird and an excellent capture.
Lovely detail and colours.
Simply great!
Very well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-17 6:43]
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Otro gran retrato de un ave maravillosa.
Excelente manejo de la iluminación permite ver con muy buena agudeza los detalles de su plumaje y cabeza.
Correcto encuadre y DOF.
Creo que si no fuese por el pequeño reflejo en su ojo, podría ver tu rostro perfectamente reflejado... otra vez será :)

Another great portrait of a wonderful bird.
Excellent handling of the lighting allows to see with very good sharpness the details of its plumage and head.
Correct frame and DOF.
I believe that if not be by the small reflection in its eye, could see your face perfectly reflected... perhaps in the next one.

Great shot Japie! Wish I could zoom in on that eye to see the contents of the reflection seen.. Excellent BG effect & superb details combined with a very nice blend of light & shadows. A great capture!

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-17 10:14]

JHapie, you are a master. Very nice capture. The vwhole picture gives off the aggressiveness of the specimen. Well Done

Good eye sharpness and detail around the head. Small thing, but I would have cloned out the dust spot above his head!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-11-17 13:09]

Excelent compo and details.
Well done


It's a lovely shot. I love raptors. This one has a stern look in it's face. Excellent work, Japie.

I am aslo confused with the ID but, I think I'll settle for Verreaux’s Eagle (Aquila verreauxii). Witkruis Arend. I did a post here.

The golden eagle is here.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-11-17 13:26]

Another wonderful shot. Very amazing sharpness.
Great colours, and an efficient DOF.
Very good job you did.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-17 16:12]

Look at that beak!!!

Japie, you are making a real niche for yourself here, your pictures just keep getting better. Excellent.

Fantastic shot, level is higher and higher, congratulations, everything is perfect.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-18 14:03]

Perhaps that I should move in South Africa. So many ones and beautiful subjects on your premise. Like this one, for example. Very good work, Japie. Very neat. Thank you.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-11-18 15:31]

Hi Japie
Verreaux’s Eagle. Golden is found in Africa, NW. A brown eagle, with a more rounded nostril, not as slotted like our VE witkruis.
Gape also extends to just the pupil, as in VE, it stops in the middle of the eye. I checked Gerhard link, and concur.
Anyway, lucky dog, this is a beaut, Love it! And I must say, I have never seen such a hook on one of them.
I note your CCD has dust on it.
Koop ', blikkie doom en maak oop jou mail! Hoe was die huey en vuur?

Excellent mug-shot of this eagle, japie. Good detail on the dark feathers.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-11-30 19:57]

Japie, I did enjoy Goldie. You did an excellent job. How far were you from the bird?

Great composition and point of view.


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