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Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle
Photo Information
Copyright: Jax Westmoreland (Jax) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 100-300mm, Skylight
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, Awestruck!, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-01 17:18
Viewed: 25936
Favorites: 19 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken at the Birds of Prey centre this afternoon - this young lady had been rescued by the centre from her previous owner who was no longer able to look after her.

The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is a UK resident almost exclusively found in Scotland. The Golden eagle is a large raptor with a big beak as demonstrated here. They are typically 80-93cm long with a wingspan of 190-225cm and have a very powerful flight consisting of 6-7 wingbeats followed by a long glide. They frequently soar and will watch for long periods of time, their diet typically consists of mammals such as rabbit, hare, squirrels, and even fox cubs.The birds breed in mountainareas and upland forests building huge nests in old trees or on cliff ledges and will return time and time again to old nests if undisturbed.

Picture is cropped and sharpened.

zto, letr, milloup, patcras, AndyB, AdrianW, elroyie, Robbrown, carper, danbachmann, PDP, japie, Callie, RAP, Eagle78, Riz, jhm, mogens-j, Bac, petertee, Tim, Pedda, poppygan59, zenitlady, archanabhimasen, Mazer, peter_stoeckl, jeanpaul, valy67, kojak has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • zto Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 6 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-08-01 17:35]

I am speachless Jax. What a capture. It is perfect. Exposure, shrpness, DoF. Just perfect. Don't know what else to say really.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-08-01 17:37]

Superb picture here with excellent details, color and composition.. Well done Jax !!

Beautiful capture, the eye details and facial expression are spot on ;-)

  • patcras Silver Workshop Editor [C: 8 W: 18 N: 0] (18)
  • [2004-08-01 17:55]

Perfect detailed photo.

Superb detail and sharpness in this. Well captured

  • Great 
  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-01 18:20]

A real beauty and so is this shot!
Excellent detail and sharpness,great composition and DoF.
Very well done.

Lovely shot! You've really captured the feather details brilliantly, and the catchlight in her eye is perfect. DOF is spot on too. The only slight thought is that you're bordering on overexposure at the top of the nascelle on her beak, but it's marginal. Contrast Masking might improve it, and also bring out a little more detail beneath her "eyebrows". Anyway, brilliant capture :-D

  • Great 
  • cecile Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 7] (1060)
  • [2004-08-01 18:29]

excellente prise, vraiment du bon boulot!!! compliment

Superbe photo, détails parfaits.
Ouverture du bec impecable.
Félicitations Jax.

Great portrait with very good details and very sharp image, the background is great.

Very nice clean and clear shot even a highlight in the eye.

It's a beauty Jax,
Very good composition, great colours, Yes I like this head, very good job you did.

A Beauty
Excellent detail and sharpness,
great composition and DOF

Great details in the feathers. It looks like he's got something he wants to do.

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-02 8:45]

Superb shot, the detail is exceptional and the gape is a great capture. Good colours adn composition - outstanding.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-02 8:59]

This is an incredible portret of this eagle with great DOF and detail

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-02 11:55]

Great capture ! Excellent detail and sharpness,great composition and DoF...

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-02 14:03]

One sweet bird, the tongue is great; the eye captivating, the BG layers a nice touch. I would however, add just a wee bit in front of the beak for a breathing space.

34 points....
Not very strange....
If you read all these critiques above, I will use all said words.....

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-02 18:24]

Espectacular captura Jax.
Nitidez, DOF. expososicion y coloracion perfecta.

Spectacular capture Jax.
Clearness, DOF, expososicion and coloration...perfect.

WOWOWOW...maybe my favourite animal...and you managed to get him just superbly..thank you Jax :)

  • Great 
  • Riz Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-08-03 12:41]
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wonderful close detail and the tongue well done all around into my favorites great job the the exposure is superb!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-08-03 14:19]

A great detail photo Jax, my congratulations!

Brilliant capture af this Golden Eagle. Very detailed, wonderful colours and well blurred background - all put together in a very nice composition. I would look great in X-large on a wall. Great job you did here Jax and a nice note too.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-08-12 21:56]

Exquisite portrait of a special spieces. Your lighting is to-die-for!

Incredible photo!!! The detaille is absolutely perfect!! I like the way you have caught him with his open beak. Excellent shot!!

  • Great 
  • urban Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
  • [2004-08-19 16:51]

The Golden eagle is a magnificent bird. Just look at those eyes. A lillte out of focus on the nearest part but the important thing, the eye, is perfekt. Well done indeed.

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  • Tim Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 27] (105)
  • [2004-08-19 19:58]

Totally awesome capture of this beautiful raptor Jax. God's best, Tim

  • Great 
  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2004-08-24 16:08]

Magnificent picture. Excellent sharpness, colors, details and so on ;-) I really like this one. Amazing eye on the bird

Absolutely brilliant, Jax.
Sharpness and colours .... everything first class. Congratulations.

This is just beautiful. The clarity is outstanding. Congratulations.

Magnifique prise, les détails sont absolument superbes de netteté. Nice job Jax.

Just great I love those birds and this is one of the best capture I've seen.

  • Great 
  • Fespo (74)
  • [2005-01-29 18:40]


Uma fotografia incrível, simplesmente impressionante!


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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-01-29 18:55]

Very great image. very sharp and with a well lit.

Hi Jax,
I like this pic. Up close, very sharp, and as i have found out for myself, that glint of light in the eye makes really enhances the image. Good shot.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-03-22 18:00]

Wow! You caught him right in the moment. I have to say I have never seen the tongue of a raptor, let alone with such detail. Amazing photo! Bravo!

Powerful capture of this splendid eagle! The clarity of the eye and the shine on that beak are outstanding. Interesting to see the subtle colour change in the feathers. This is a great closeup! Well done!

Wow! I love it! I think the only thing to say abpout this pic is: Perfect! :)
Definately one of my favourites!

  • Great 
  • Djozz Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 13] (360)
  • [2005-04-18 13:51]

This picture needs no further comment... it's perfect !

A beautifull photo!
Very sharp and very good background.

Well done!

It's a dream one. Everything is perfect in the picture. When there is nothing else to say, well, let's shut up !

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-21 19:52]

Jax, this is really very nice.

Excellent composition, pov and sharpness.

Great moment, great photo.

The catchlight in the eye adds to the picture.

I also enjoy colors and bg too.

Crisp and sharp shot. Powerful and clean.

  • Great 
  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-11-29 21:08]

Stunning image, love everything about it.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-01-11 16:56]

Very good!!!


Phantastic portrait, very dynamic, perfectly focussed. Very well composed and cropped to the point. Excellent work!

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-01-16 10:04]

Nice capture! Excelent sharpness, colours and very good timing! Tfs!

Salut Jax
Superbe photo, détails parfaits de ce bel aigle doré.
l'ouverture du bec est parfaite.Beau BG
Bravo et merci....JP

Superbe portrait bien piqué et belles couleurs

Bravo !

beautiful head shot. open beak a plus. congrats

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-28 13:36]

Hi Jax,
I know it is a long time ago you posted this picture, but I would like to say this is excellent.
What a strong expression you captured. Everything is perfect.
Thank you very much.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-01-31 5:51]

Hello Jax,

It's the first time I see this photo. My favourite birds ara birds of prey. But I've never seen a photo of this eagle so perfect.


  • Great 
  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2007-02-14 1:26]

Do I have to say more? Everything is already said by other members... In one word: astonishing! Congratulations, Jax. This is a real artwork of a picture.

A real portrait! excellent work!
Perfect DOF

Kala milame einai ola ta lefta!!!

Perfect photo! Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bravo Niko!

A beautiful shot. Well done!

  • Great 
  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2008-08-23 20:50]

Bela imgem!!!

Superb picture here with excellent details, color and composition.

stunning image

What a beautiful picture. sharp with full details...


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