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Bald Eagle - female -

Bald Eagle - female -
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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: 2006-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-22 5:16
Viewed: 6704
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

National Bird of the US
The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States of America. Its national significance dates back to June 20, 1782, when the Continental Congress officially adopted the current design for the Great Seal of the United States including a bald eagle grasping arrows and an olive branch with its talons. Some states had earlier adopted the bird as a symbol; for example New York State did so in 1778.

In 1784, after the end of the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin wrote a famous letter to his daughter from Paris criticizing the choice and suggesting the Wild Turkey as an alternative:

For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.
With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country . . .
I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.
Despite Franklin's objections the Bald Eagle remained the emblem of the United States. Today it appears on many official seals in addition to the back of the quarter.

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Hi Heinz,
Nice work. Good sharpness.

Hi Heinz,
This is a beautiful portrait of this magnificient lady! Wow! I love the details you caught here with this nice composition. The bald eagle I saw so far had this white head. This is strange.. maybe the one I saw so far were males... Anyway, once again, this is a very stunning and sharp portrait. Well done with excellent and usefull notes. Thanks,

Hahahaha, thank you for the outstanding point of view and history lesson behind the great photo. Well, this story is old, same thing with male lions, those lazyass bums rely on the girls to catch his prey for the most part, while he is the one portrayed on the coat of arms, nevertheless he is also the one thats hunted, five times more than its female counterpart. By the way, having a turkey instead of a bald eagle is as similar as the democrat donkey vs the Republican elephant. The ass earns an honest life but I would still like to be represented rather by a wild 90 lbs a day pooping elephant. Personal choice...Eye candy, really, not essence.

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  • erwan (289)
  • [2006-10-22 5:51]

Quelle gueule quand même! Un superbe oiseau!

Hi Heinz,

no doubt, the quality of the image is superb!!
perfect in every technical aspects....
Lovely PoV and composition....great shot!

Viele Gruesse aus Indonesien

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-10-22 7:10]

Great portrait of this bird
I think that you caught very nice details of him in a good composition. Good sharpnesse and colours.
TFS paula

was für einen strengen blick die madame weisskopfseeadler für uns hat.*g*
tolles portrait dieses aussergewöhnlichen vogels, heinz! :-)
die details der leichtgeträubten federn sind wirklich einmalig.
das erinnert mich mal wieder daran, dass ich unbedingt nach
hellenthal zum wildgehege in die eifel muss, dort haben sie
auch viele verschiedene greifvögel.
terrific job & einen schönen nachmittag, thorsten.

what a shot. nice portrait shot. the bird looks very aggressive. the feathers look beautiful with shades of black and white. nice pov, good dof.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-22 10:30]

Hello Heinz,
Nice portrait, full of dignity!
TFS and best greetings!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-22 11:13]

Amazing details - I love that eye. Beautiful colours, a nice OOF BG and a lovely clos crop. Nicely done



Superb portrait of a Bald Eagle accompanied by a highly amusing note, Heinz.
One must admit that the expression in its eyes is rather fierce.
Great image with extraordinary sharpness and details.
TFS and bye.

  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-22 13:27]

Hi Heinz,

A nice portrait of this probably young bald eagle,well captured with good sharpness and POV,well done and TFS


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-10-22 13:55]

marvelous shot Heinz,
well taken head, great details and a fantastic point of view, good quality and a very good job with your new camera, well done my friend.
gr. jaap

So imposant und ein stolzer Blick, toller Vogel.
Wie bist Du nur so nahe an ihn rangekommen, Heinz? Wir hatten mal in der Gegend eine Falknerei, schade daß sie nicht mehr existent ist, da wäre ich bestimmt Stammgast.
Vielen Dank für diesen erstklassigen Schuß,
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-22 18:46]

Great close-up of this eagle, Heinz.
I imagine this one might be a juvenile, since it does not have the white head.
Excellent details on the feathers.
Wonderful expression on the eye.
Good light and DOF.
TFS. : )

Hi Heinz,

Exellent portait of this bald eagle
very good details
perfect sharpness and colours
great POV and composition
i like the reflection of the clouds in its eyes

TFS Thijs

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-23 3:29]

Wow, Heinz! This is a dream shot! Eye, face, compositon - everything is superb. And of course subject looks fantastic.

Hi Heinz,
It's magnificed bird of prey.
Good light and sharpness. Its view is impresivve.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-24 15:28]

Hallo Heinz,
huebsch ist die junge Dame und sie weiss es, schau nur wie stolz sie den Kopf haelt. Eine super Nahaufnahme. Die Schaerfe und die Details sind klasse.
Gruss Sky

Hello Heinz

You really have done a magnificent shot here! Everything is top quality. Love the tight crop too. Congrats my friend! Brilliant camera work.

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