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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
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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: 2006-09-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/120 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-22 10:06
Viewed: 13270
Points: 40
[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.

note: I love this story...

- pictured at Eagle station Berlebeck -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-22 10:08]

Hello Heinz,
Wonderful portrait of bald eagle.Expression on face and clear eyes are amazing.I liked POV,details,dark BG and framing also a lot.

Hi Heinz,
Your photo is as sharp as the beak from this boy.
Good details in the plumage.
Well done

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-22 12:24]

Hi Heinz,
This is an amazing shot.
We can see every detail.
POV,colors and sharpness are superb.
Well done.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-12-22 13:12]

Hi Heinz,
Very impressive photo with excelent focus on the eye. You caught well the fearce expression
Very nice feathers.
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)
  • [2006-12-22 13:19]

a fantastic portrait Heinz,
great light and well taken shot, the pov is nice, good details and fine job. My compliments heinz. Merry Christmas for you and your family.
gr. jaap

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2006-12-22 13:50]

Hello Heinz, I magnify picture of an impressive beauty, a really elegant and precious bird. Greetings.

Hi Heinz,
Great close up shot. Great sharpness, excellent details, and nice blurry BG.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-22 19:56]

Hallo Heinz,
Einfach fantastisch. Super scharf und prima Bildaufbau. Genau den richtigen Moment erwischt, er schaut so stolz.
Frohe Weihnacht Dir und deiner Familie.

Crisp image, you nailed the detail and exposure, well taken indeed.


Amazing eye details.
Well done and TFS

Merry Christmas

bonjour heinz
c'est un portrait merveilleux.
la netteté est parfaite et les plumes tres detaillées.
vraiment bravo.

Great job on your portrait Heinz.
I like the POV here most of all. Nice detail, color, exposure, and comp. Amazing eye :)
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year mf.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-23 18:49]

Excellent portrait Heinz! Truly excellent. Wonderful, sharp details and perfect exposure. This is great! Happy holidays.


Hello Heinz

A perfect portrait of this beautiful bird. Simply brilliant! Seasons greetings to you and your family. :-)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-24 6:17]

Hello Heinz , A Great portret shot , beauty colours details pov sharpnes and nice bg , Merry Cristmas And Good 2007 , Greetings Teunie .

Hello Heinz,
A wonderful profile of this great bird. Crisp clear with vivid colors. Well done and seen. Wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-24 7:38]

Well captured, good portrait. Very good shaprness and details. Amazing beak.
Frohe Weihnachten
gr. paula

Hello Heinz,
This is a very impressive portrait of this majestic bird. I loved this story too and this picture is wonderful! Great POV and composition with excellent details. This is really well done. My best wishes. Thanks,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-24 9:58]

Wow what a noble looking bird. Stunning close shot with amazing details. What a look.



Really stunning photograph...spectacular eyes you've captured here...again.

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