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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-12 10:37
Viewed: 4356
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Aquila chrysaetos (Linaeus 1758) a different perspective.

Romanian - Acvila de munte (eng.: mountain eagle)
English - Golden eagle (rom.: acvila aurie)

At one time, the Golden Eagle lived in temperate Europe, North Asia, North America, North Africa and Japan. In most areas this bird is now a mountain-dweller, but in former centuries it also bred in the plains and the forests. In recent years it has started to breed in lowland areas again (Sweden, Denmark).

Golden Eagle swooping down to landThere was a great decline in Central Europe, and the Golden Eagle is now restricted to the higher central Appennine regions of Italy (Regional capital of Abruzzo is named after the latin/Italian word for eagle, L'Aquila) source, and the Alps. In Britain, there are about 420 pairs left in the Scottish highlands, and between 1969 and 2004 they bred in the English Lake District. In North America the situation is not as dramatic, but there has still been a noticeable decline.

In Central Asia, Golden Eagles sometimes are trained for falconry, and in Kazakhstan there are still hunters using these eagles in order to catch deer and antelopes.

Efforts are being made to re-introduce the species in Ireland, where they had been extinct since the early 20th Century. Thirty-five birds have been released into the wild since 2001.


Golden Eagle in flightA pair of Golden Eagles remains together for life. They build several eyries within their territory and use them alternately for several years. The nest consists of heavy tree branches, upholstered with grass.

Old eyries may be 2 metres (6.6 ft) in diameter and 1 metre (3.3 ft) in height, as the eagles enlarge their nests every year. If the eyrie is situated on a tree, supporting tree branches may break because of the weight of the nest.

The female lays two eggs between January and May (depending on the area). After 45 days the young hatch. They are entirely white and are fed for fifty days before they are able to make their first flight attempts and eat on their own. In most cases only the older chick, which takes most of the food, survives, while the younger one dies before leaving the eyrie.

Physical characteristics
Adult Golden Eagles have an average length of 75-85 cm (30-34"), a wingspan of 150-210 cm (59-83"), and a weight of 3-5 kg (7-11 lb). As in all birds of prey, the females are generally slightly larger than the males. The largest golden eagle on record was a huge 10 kg (22 lb) female in a national park in Spain she also held the record for the tallest Golden eagle, standing 90 cm (36").

Golden Eagles often have a division of labour while hunting: one partner drives the prey to its waiting partner. Their prey includes marmots, hares and mice, and sometimes birds, martens, foxes and young deer. Large mammals like chamois or adult deer can only be taken if they are wounded or sick.

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Hi Radu.
Great shot of this unique bird.Good DOF and POV.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-12 11:49]

Hi Radu,

Great shot, Good POV and detail. I like the atmoshere that is created by taking out the colour except for the yellow eye.

Regards Hilary :)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-12 12:31]

Salut Radu

Foarte "cool" poza! Cred ca e cuvantul care o descrie cel mai bine :)
Un pic abstracta, cu focus realizat prin culoare, dar intotdeauna mi-au placut ideeile noi si diferite :)
Super misto!!!

Bravo si TFS

Hi Radu,
This is a great portrait of this Eagle! He is so close, what kind of lense did you use? Nice contrast and details, good B/W use. TFS,

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-08-12 17:45]

Hi Radu,

Excellent capture and well done on the composition.
Good on ya for the B/W coloration approach, nicely done.


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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-08-13 6:53]


A very unusual (on this board, anyway) presentation of an eagle.
I like the close cropping!


Hi Radu,
I had to get used to the selective color transition, but then I realized that it did give great focus on the most beautiful part of the eagle...the eye. For the rest, a great sharp photo with good details and an excellent close up.

Super great portrait.

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-08-13 10:14]

Bonjour Radu,
Un shot exceptionnel ! Seul l'oeil est coloré et cela donne beaucoup de force à l'image. Excellent ! Félicitations.

Very nice artistic touch, this really stands out nicely Radu. I like the black & white with the color accent of the eye. :)

Hi Radu
nice details, POV and DOF.


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