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Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Photo Information
Copyright: Thomas Warratz (Oldtree) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 92] (256)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 70-300
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-09-22 3:33
Viewed: 4471
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I will jump a few steps forward on my walk through the birds park walsrode.
We are now joining the flight show. This flight show is a true highlight of this visit. Normally I’m not a huge fan of such attractions. Very often the animals are way out of their normal environment. But it is really amazing to see such a beautiful animal at this distance. The birds trainer (probably wrong expression but I hope everyone know what I mean) let this eagle fly at 1 m distance above the heads of the crowd.
I’m hypnotized be the elegance that unfolds in front of you when this animals comes in your direction.
I know, the shot is not perfect. I would jump around in joy if the head would not be slightly overexposed, if the image would be just a bit sharper and the shadows under the wings not so deep and the strings attached to one leg of this bird would be away. But the reality is, I’m lucky to even get such a shot. I could blame my equipment (blame, blame, blame… ; ok done with it) but these are my first shots under those conditions and you have only a few seconds at this distance when the bird is coming directly at you. So hope you can enjoy with me this beauty (I think I recall it’s a female, although I’m not absolutely sure).

Onto the stats now. The following information (and a much more) can be found here.

The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), ...(the national bird of the United States)... , is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle's scientific name signifies a sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with a white (leukos) head. At one time, the word "bald" meant "white," not hairless. Bald eagles are found over most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. About half of the world's 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska. Combined with British Columbia's population of about 20,000, the northwest coast of North America is by far their greatest stronghold for bald eagles. They flourish here in part because of the salmon. Dead or dying fish are an important food source for all bald eagles.

...The Bald Eagle Protection Act prohibits the take, transport, sale, barter, trade, import and export, and possession of eagles, making it illegal for anyone to collect eagles and eagle parts, nests, or eggs without a permit. Possession of a feather or other body parts of a bald eagle is a felony with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment, although federally recognized Native Americans are able to possess these emblems which are traditional in their culture. The bald eagle is still listed as "threatened" in the United States...
(but not for long anymore, as is stated on this website)

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-22 5:26]

You captured this beautifully. Birds in flight is never as easy as Gert makes it seem. The composition is excellent and one can even see the light through his beak. Very well done.

Very good Thomas.
I like ir very much.
Nice colors , good compo. and good details
As you say the head is little overexposure but
it is a good image.
Great note.
Very well done.

Thomas, Excellent "Flight Show" capture showing off this magnificent bird of prey. Looks like great DOF and "freeze frame" accomplished with these aperture & shutter settings. Great notes & Great job!

These eagles are lovely. You have captured it very nicely. The bright white is not bothersome at all. Great note too. Thanx for sharing.

This is very nice. I like this shot. I would like to see it bigger, don´t you have enough resolution to post a Large Format? Thanks.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-22 14:01]

Great picture Thomas, The details are fantastic and I liek the room you have given to the composition - giving space for the eyes to look into. Great work.

Quelle ligne, quelle majesté. Pas évident à capturer mais photo magnifique. Merci. Rudy.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-22 16:17]

Captura difícil... definitivamente.
No creo que sea sencillo captar un ave de ese tamaño en vuelo, con buen foco y agudeza.
Tal vez el fondo no ayuda, pero la imagen es realmente muy buena.

Difficult capture... definitively.
I do not believe that he is simple to catch a bird of that size in flight, with good focus and sharpness.
Perhaps the bottom does not collaborate, but the image is really very good.

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