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Eagle eye

Eagle eye
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4, 1/158 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-11 4:34
Viewed: 41448
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), also known as the American Eagle, is a bird of prey originating in North America, most recognizable as the national bird of the United States. The species was on the brink of extinction late in the 20th century but now has a stable population and is in the process of being removed from the U.S. federal government's list of endangered species.

The bird gets both its common and scientific names from the distinctive appearance of the adult's head. Bald in the English name refers to the white head feathers, and the scientific name is derived from Haliaeetus, the New Latin for "sea eagle," (from the Greek haliaetos) and leucocephalus, the Greek for "white head," from leukos ("white") and kephale ("head").

Range and habitat
The Bald Eagle's natural range includes most of North America, including most of Canada, all of the continental United States, and northern Mexico. Because it was hit hard by widespread use of DDT of the mid-twentieth century, It is still slowly recovering its numbers; it can be found in small concentrations throughout the U.S. and Canada, particularly near large bodies of water. The state with the largest resident population is Alaska; out of the estimated 100,000 Bald Eagles on Earth, half live there.

The only Bald Eagle hatched outside North America was on May 3, 2006 in a zoo in the German city of Magdeburg.

An immature bird has speckled brown feathers all over, the distinctive head and body plumage arriving 2–3 years later, before sexual maturity. Their life span is approximately 50 years. Adult females have a wingspan of approximately 2.1 meters (7 feet); adult males have a wingspan of 2 meters (6 feet, 6 inches). Adult females weigh approximately 5.8 kg (12.8 lb), males weigh 4.1 kg (9 lb).

Bald Eagles are protected by two federal laws in the United States: the Eagle Law, which protects Bald and Golden Eagles, and the Migratory Bird Act.

Bald Eagles build huge nest platforms out of branches, usually in large trees. Pairs, who mate for life, add material to the nest each breeding season. After several years, the nest may weigh upwards of 450 kg (one thousand pounds).

Bald Eagles that are old enough to breed often return to the area where they were raised. They are more social than many other raptor species: an adult looking for a nesting site is more likely to select a location that contains other breeding Bald Eagles.

Bald Eagles are powerful fliers, and also soar on thermal convection currents. They are long-lived, with reports of birds in captivity living to be 60 years old.
Bald Eagles normally squeak and have a shrill cry, punctuated by grunts. They do not make the "eagle scream" as often shown on television. What many recognize as the call of this species is actually the call of a Red-tailed Hawk dubbed into the film.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-11 4:43]

Hello Heinz
Absolutely stunning close-up of the eagles eye.
I have been knocked down real bad by the flu bug and struggle to concentrate. So, please forgive me for not giving a complete critique, but I just wanted to deliver this well deserved smiley.
Good work and TFS.
PS. You can rest assure that next time I will present my usual critique.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-06-11 4:46]

Hi Heinz,

Super close-up of this powerful bird. Very sharp and fine natural colors.


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-06-11 4:50]

Very nice portrait of this bird. It's so sharp that you can see the photographer in the eye. Colors are beautiful. Thanks.
Gr. Hans

Hi Heinz,

Excellent stunning close-up of the eagles eye.
Great sharp, details, colors and contact eye.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

Can micro photography get better than this?
Once again, hats off to you, Heinz.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-11 5:52]

Hello Heinz,
Beautiful. Fantastic detail (I can see you in her eye). Beautiful colours, especially in the eye. Nicely framed too, these birds have such beautiful eyes I'm glad somebody has done what I have not yet managed to do and posted a shot like this. Great shot.

Excellent work,with beautiful detail on the eye,nice composition and expertly framed....
Well taken...

excellentes adler-augen-macro, heinz! :-)
da hast du dein adlerauge bewiesen und ein
tolles portrait geschossen.
perfekte schärfe und details - sehr interessant,
wie sich die federn am schnabel und um das
auge verteilen.
alles gute & einen schönen sonntag, thor.

Hi Heinz,
Super Closeup! Looks great. Amazing tack sharp detail. I like it!

Hello Heinz,
Wow, dramatic close eye detail..clear and sharp. Excellent impact, with very good exposure and color mf.
Very well done.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-06-11 15:11]

Hello Heinz , A Very Great close up , a beauty eye details sharp colours and framing ,very good ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-11 17:36]

Bonjour Heinz!

Félicitations pour les détails et la netteté.

Merci pour l'envoie.

Excellent close-up with superb detail and colours!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-06-12 6:49]

Hi Heinz,
very good macro. Fantastic eye and reflections. Good idea. I like it. Interesting note.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-12 7:50]

Hallo Heinz,
klasse Auschnitt, super scharf ist das Auge, man kann sich drin spiegeln.

Hello Heinz

A stunning shot. Everey detail is clearly seen. Nicely exposed too. Thanks.

Hallo Heinz,
wow, was für ein tolles Auge mit einer super Reflektion. Wie bist Du nur so nahe rangekommen. So ein prächtiger Vogel - die sind so imposant. Die Bildschärfe ist genial, klasse Photo, Danke
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Bonjour Heinz
C'est une tres jolie prise de vue avec ce close up de cette belle tête d'aigle.
Les couleurs et les détails sont très réussis .Vraiment impressionnant de voir cet oeil de si pres.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-15 16:46]

Hi Heinz, just a flying visit to TN, have got a busy couple of weeks ahead so won't be around much. Just time to say a great shot. Excellent details, colours and exposure, I also like the tight crop. Well done and TFS.

Hallo Heinz,
hervorragend gewählter Ausschnitt.
Da gibt's nur ein Wort: Scharf!
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-07-13 12:04]

Incredible sharpness in this eagle - very interesting and alternative crop!

Well done indeed!


Wonderful close-up shot of this bald eagle...just superb. The eye color is just amazing here. Very nicely done!

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