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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
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Copyright: Stephanie Loh (greenpinkorange) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 94 N: 415] (1789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Tamron AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 LD MACRO Di II
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-15 23:48
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Points: 51
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The Mighty Bald Eagle

Bald eagles can see four to seven times better than humans! They are able to see things sharply from quite far away. This, of course, helps them spot their next meal from high in the sky, or from a lofty perch in a tree or cliff ledge. However, unlike our eyes, an eagle’s eyes can’t move from side to side. So to look around, the eagle has to turn its whole head.

It is believed that bald eagles choose a mate for life. To impress each other, a male and female perform a special courtship dance in the sky. They lock on to each other’s talons and tumble and twist in the air. At the last second they let go, just before reaching the ground! To be successful parents, eagles need to find homes where the fishing is good, with large trees for nesting, and little disturbance from humans. Both parents help care for the chicks, called eaglets. The mother does most of the chick-sitting, and the father provides the food for the family.

Fun Facts
A bald eagle can reach a speed of up to 200 miles per hour (322 kilometers per hour) when diving through the air to grab a meal.

Benjamin Franklin thought the bald eagle was a poor choice for a national symbol because it sometimes steals food from other birds. He recommended the wild turkey.

When a bald eagle loses a feather on one wing, it will lose a matching one on the other. This way it doesn’t lose its balance!

The largest known eagle nest was found in Florida. It was 9 feet (2.7 meters) across, 20 feet (6 meters) deep, and weighed over two tons (2 tonnes)!

Jokes anyone?
I'm sorry i ran out of bird jokes, but animal jokes will do.. ;)

Driving with Penguins
A man was driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back seat. The police stop him and say that he can't drive around with the penguins in the car and should take them to the zoo. The man agrees and drives off.

The next day the same man is driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back and again. He is stopped by the same police officer who says, "Hey! I though I told you to take those to the zoo."

The man replies "I did. Today I'm taking them to the movies."

An Atheist
An atheist was walking through the woods one day in Alaska, admiring all that evolution had created. "What majestic trees! What a powerful river! What beautiful animals!" he said to himself. As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. Turning to look, he saw a 13-foot Kodiak brown bear beginning to charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could down the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was rapidly closing on him. Somehow, he ran even faster, so scared that tears came to his eyes. He looked again and the bear was even closer. His heart pounding in his chest, he tried to run faster yet. But alas, he tripped and fell to the ground. As he rolled over to pick himself up, the bear was right over him, reaching for him with its left paw and raising its right paw to strike him.

"OH MY GOD! ..."

Time stopped.

The bear froze.

The forest was silent.

Even the river stopped moving ...

As a brilliant light shone upon the man, a thunderous voice came from all around...


Difficult as it was, the atheist looked directly into the light and said, "It would be hypocritical to ask to be a Christian after all these years, but perhaps you could make the bear a Christian?"

"VERY WELL." Said God.

The light went out.

The river ran.

The sounds of the forest resumed.

... and the bear dropped down on his knees, brought both paws together, bowed his head and spoke: "Lord, thank you for this food which I am about to receive."


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nice action capture with the wings spread and the eagle looking down but the focus on the head is a bit soft.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-16 1:26]

hi Stéphanie,
jolie image de cet aigle, sa position est idéale pour remplir l'image. Bonne netteté générale. Pour moi ça manque juste un peu de contraste.


Hi Stephanie,
Great image of this magnificent bird. Captured at a perfect moment with its wings spread. Nice colourful background too.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-16 2:09]

Good action shot - good POV and DOF.


Hello Stephanie , good photo of " dependant " eagle , I hope you can take " free " eagle photos.

Hello Steph,
This is one of the birds that I like most. Those guys are so impressive and majestic! OK, it would have been better in the wild, but hey, this is almost “mission impossible”, especially for you who don't have those birds in your country. I like this pose that you captured a lot, this great POV and exposure. This bird is magnificent! Well done and TFS,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-16 15:12]

Hi Stephanie.
Great capture of this eagle.I like his pose so much.Very nice you caught this moment.Good point of view and pretty details.Very nice done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

You captured a great pose and nice tight crop. It is hard to see a bird tethered like that. The natural color is nice but the focus isn't quite a sharp as some of your other posts.

Evelynn ; )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-16 21:40]

Hello Stephanie

Wow what a neat pose you captured.Excellent detail in the wing plumage.Very well focused with nice sharp detail.TFS


One of my favorite birds, well taken, good detail and exposure.


Magnifique prise de vue, netteté.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-04-17 11:57]

Hi Stephanie,

not the most pleasant of sights, seeing a magnificant bird like that tethered in that way, but as a photo it's got great details with a good pose, and the colours look natural too.
By the way, that Penguin joke - AWFUL ;O)

Cheers and thanks for sharing,


Lovely shot excellent display of the feathers good pov and detail tfs rgds Necip.

bonjour steph
une belle pose de l'oiseau et une bonne netteté mais je trouve que la photo est legeremnt "voilé",quelques retouches auraient peu etre amelioré cela.

bonsoir stephanie
belle présentation de ce rapace, la position est géniale avec ses ailes ecartées
peut etre un peu sombre!!! mais jolie malgré tout
beau travail

Hi Stephanie,

great shot. Good action with the wing movement creates a kind of documentary shot.
Such a shame that the only time we see thses wonderful beasts close up is in captivity.


Bonsoir Stéphanie
Une excellente photo de ce bel aigle .Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

Hi Steph,
Nicely captured. Great sharpness and nice details of the feathers.
Great shot.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-22 11:58]

selam stephanie; very nice capture of this eagle with nice colours and BG. good POV and composition at right time TFs
well done regards

Hola Stephanie,
Excelene toma de esta impresionante águila, la nitidez y detalles son muy buenos. Saludos
José Ramón

Jolie photo ... belle prise de vue ... bravo

Hi Stephanie.
I like the wingspread. You show the real textures of the feathers with your lighting. You must come back to the westcoast sometime and find these easily in the wild. I see at least 5 of these a day when driving around. They sure are majestic, and I never tire of capturing them in camera. Thanks for the humour.
Good day to you

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-04-27 14:04]

Hello Stephanie,
This is an excellent pose of this mighty bird. Nicely composed and well captured.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2007-08-10 5:38]

Hi steph, nice capture . Good sharpness and a nice pose. Interesting and useful note too.

TFS ;)


Hello stephanie,

Superb image of this eagle in action, good details and colors, well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-30 8:13]

Hi Steph,
it's great to see your back!!
A stunning capture.
Very sharp with excellent detail.
Brilliant pose.
Well done,

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