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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: 2006-10-01
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Tamron AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 LD MACRO Di II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-08-30 20:43
Viewed: 4533
Points: 24
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Bald Eagle

This portrait of the Bald Eagle came really suddenly because I was trying to frame it when it looked me straight in the lens. So i got a REAL portrait face on model! :)

The background is rock because it was in it's 'cage' at the Singapore Jurong Bird Park.

I will post a workshop pic to show you it's 'surrounding background' so you understand why the background is such.



The bald eagle, probably the most popular bird of prey has long been an endangered species. The bald eagle endangerment has been due to a number of reasons. However, the bald eagle population is now known to be stable and may soon lose its endangered status. (Yay!)

Bald Eagles generally weight about seven to ten pounds and measure about three feet from head to tail. They have a wingspan of about seven feet. The female of the species is larger and weigh about fourteen feet. The Bald Eagle is famous for its striking features, complete with a whitish face, a yellow beak and black talons. It gets its distinctive white face and tail only when it reaches about five years of age. Bald Eagles are known to live around thirty years in the wild, they live more than thirty years in captivity. I guess Zoos have a good purpose then..

The chief reason of the endangerment of the bald eagle was loss of Bald Eagle habitat and thinning of egg shells. The thinning of egg shells has been sometimes said to be caused due to the use of the pesticide DDT. This thinning of the eggs caused the eggs to break before they hatched, resulting in a depletion of population. Rampant illegal shooting of the bald eagle has also been termed as a cause of the creating the Endangered Bald Eagle scenario. The bald eagle's main diet consists of fish. The bald eagle particularly devours salmon and trout. They also eat rodents, snakes and carrion. Other than that, they also eat deer, fawns, raccoons, hares, rabbits and muskrats.

One another main reason of the decline of the bald eagle population is the poisoning of their prey. The waters of the continent have been polluted due to the vast range of pollutants, contamination of the water ways and therefore the eagle's food sources. Poisoning, therefore, also played a major part in the decline of the bald eagle population. The bald eagle has also been endangered due to the hunting sport. Hunting a bald eagle was considered a status symbol in hunting circles and has therefore caused a decline of the bald eagle population.

Bald Eagles were and are still in danger in spite of making a comeback from the endangered species list. Most Bald Eagles still lose their lives to game hunting, traps, high power lines, contaminants in the food system as well as the habitat, destruction of habitat and poisons and windmills.

Read more here: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/endangered-bald-eagle.html


Joke? or not?

How do you identify a bald eagle?

Its feathers are combed to one side.


Just a pic for comeback.. and hopefully more. :(

pankajbajpai, Jamesp, marieproue, dB_grafix, JORAPAVI, JoseMiguel, garyfudge, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-30 23:19]

Hi Stephanie

A great POV with excellent eye contact. Well composed with great detail. I will be visiting Jurong in about 2 weeks en-route to PNG.


You managed to get such good details. Very close and nice focus on the eyes.
Gorgeous birds they are!
I am so glad you came back.
Pace yourself Steph.
Night Night.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-31 1:20]

Hi Steph,
a great facce-on pottrait of this Bald Eagle.
Sharp with good detail.
Superb POV.
Well done,

hello stephanie,
it has been a long time since i had seen any one of your post, may be i missed some work of yours.

this is a fine portrait of the bald eagle, the pov is very good, nice eye contact, well composed shot, good framing,
tfs & regards

Hola Stephanie,
Excelente retrato de bella composición, excelente la luz y el foco, buenas texturas e impresionates los ojos, saludos
José Ramón

Oh... This bird is looking at you Steph! :) This is a beautiful portrait of a bird I had the chance to see in the wild during my last vacation in Mont-Tremblant National Park. I took a few in-flight shots but it was flying too high to be interesting. They are amazing and rare birds here.

I like this expression caught, nice details and exposure. Thanks,

He Stephanie, long time I see you, I am happy that you are back. This picture is super with shar details. Really impressive.
Welcome back

Hi Stephanie,
This is a truly portrait of the bald eagle!
I like the frontal view of it and that impressive stare, it almost human.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Stephanie,
An incredible striking and proud pose, excellent depth in this portrait.
The Eagle must have seen itself in your lens as its eyes are assuredly focused on your position.
Beautiful capture,

A very interesting perspective of this somewhat magnificent bird.

He doesn't look very happy though! Camera shy?

Nice details throughout.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-11 11:04]

Hello Stephanie

A lovely portrait of this Bald Eagle.The focus and details are sharp.Wonderful eye detail and contact.The colours are well saturated.Great to see you posting again.TFS


Hi Stephanie,
Well exposed, nice detail, color and head-on POV with eye contact.
I think the BG is actually not bad at all..You took this one in your studio right? ;-}
Well done!

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