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Adult Bald Eagles

Adult Bald Eagles
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris Hawkins (Hawkins) (74)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma 80- 400mm f4.5-5.6 APO DG OS
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-27 19:25
Viewed: 4848
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image was taken handheld at 400mm. The wind was blowing so hard that I had to brace myself against a tree. The outside temperature was -27c.

Note the one dark feather in the lower left corner, this is from a crow that the two eagles had just pulled apart! Blood can be seen on the birds feet and branch.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-27 20:37]

Hello Chris

Awesome capture,I saw a pair of these guys on Jan 9 but could not get both in a shot.You have done this in spades.The POV and DOF is very good.The details are excellent ,I see a feather in the branches too.The colours are well saturated and the brilliant blue sky is a wonderful backdrop to contrast those bright yellow beaks and feet.Nicely composed,great camera work.TFS


What nice picture do you have.
I love the contrast and the color of the eyes.
It's such dificult to see free eagles in my country now...
thank you.

Hi Chris,

Nice shot of the eagles. On the technical side, the color, exposure, and sharpness are excellent, and you got good detail.

I think that a little selective cropping could improve the composition. the branches on the bottom are a bit distracting and don't really add anything. Also, getting the birds off center might make it more interesting. I gave it a try in the workshop.


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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-27 21:22]

Hello Chris,
What a perfect shot you've done. All details, colors and subject ... incredible ... Congratulations and TFS

I have that same lens and I am impressed that you were able to do this well under the conditions. The image is a little soft but not too bad considering. I'd be happy with one eagle...you got TWO. Exposure looks good as does the composition. About how much would you say you cropped from this shot?

Evelynn : )

Hello Chris,
superb shot of this pair of eagles.You sure are dedicated to take a shot such as this one with the wind chill you must of had to endure.I have been out in -30c but with no wind and man it is hard.The composition and point of view are good,there is some blurring of these birds feathers which is a good thing as it conveys that it was windy.Here where I live we also have bald eagles and golden eagles. Bob

great photo, good poses by the birds, good focus, good color.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-28 1:56]

Hello Chris,
Fine capture of these two Eagles taken in the wild with excellent lighting and blue sky BG. This is pretty sharp but I might have cropped it differently to take the eagles from the center.
TFS and regards, Ivan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-28 12:18]

Hi Chris,

What a fantastic shot!!! You took good advantage of a wonderful photo op. I love the positioning of one eagle facing the other.



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