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Immature Bald Eagle

Immature Bald Eagle
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-26 7:49
Viewed: 4138
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all todays posting is an immature Bald Eagle captured at Prince Rupert. He was feeling very proud as he had just defended his roost from a mature eagle.
Bald Eagle
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Falconiformes

Family: Accipitridae

Genus: Haliaeetus

Species: H. leucocephalus

Bald Eagle range
H. l. leucocephalus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Southern Bald Eagle
H. l. washingtoniensis Audubon, 1827)
Northern Bald Eagle or Washington's Eagle

Falco leucocephalus Linnaeus, 1766

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), also known in North America as the American Eagle, is a bird of prey found in North America, most recognizable as the national bird of the United States.

The species was on the brink of extinction in the US late in the 20th century, but now has a stable population and is in the process of being removed from the U.S. federal government's list of endangered species. The Bald Eagle was officially reclassified from "Endangered" to "Threatened" on July 12, 1995 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. On July 6, 1999, there was a proposal initiated "To Remove the Bald Eagle in the Lower 48 States From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife." The Rule has yet to be passed.[1]

This sea-eagle gets both its common and scientific names from the distinctive appearance of the adult's head. Bald in the English name is derived from the word piebald, and refers to the white head and tail feathers and their contrast with the darker body. The scientific name is derived from Haliaeetus, New Latin for "sea eagle," (from the Ancient Greek haliaetos) and leucocephalus, Latinized Ancient Greek for "white head", from leukos ("white") and kephale ("head").

Shoot_Score, nglen, Jamesp, septama, fartash, vanderschelden, jaycee, Evelynn, SkyF, MMM, Raptorman, MommaMiaX3, marieproue, pvb has marked this note useful
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Hi Rick
Great compo and nice to see immature Bald eagle

WOW! What else can one say! I'd be tempted to do this guy in LP format! Meanwhile I have done a small WS ;) Tfs, ;j.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-26 8:55]

Hi Rick. Great shot of the Eagle.Good compostion and detail. with nice colour.with good eye colour,TFS well done.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-26 9:12]

Hi Rick

Lovely composition - the BG and tree provide excellent contrast to the young eagle. Colour and DOF also excellent.


I remember seeing my first Bald Eagle in Florida and was really excited - then I went to Alaska - it was - Oh no! - not another!

I just realize that the juvenile bald eagle doesn't has a white head like the adult, really nice and natural capture, nice framing effect from the surrounding tree, TFS

Nice shot, really sharp and well composed.
Good details and natural colors.

Hello Rick
What a great shot of this Bald Eagle,
Excellent compo and lighting,
Great focusing and surrondings,
Superb shot.


It is a beautiful Bald Eagle you captured here, Rick.
I like the detail in the plumage and the colours in the latter. Awesome beak and eye...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-26 10:58]

Hi Rick,

A marvelous eagle!! Amazing pose - wonderful colors - details showing off his plummage very well - beautiful setting and bg.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-26 12:16]

Hello Rick, what a beautiful eagle, I always wanted to see one of this in the wild, fantastic, you got so close, very lucky..have a nice day..

This is a great full frame image Rick. So how close were you? How much were you able to crop this and still maintain such good resolution? You included just enough of the tree and nice angled branch to make an interesting and strong composition. Great natural color and good saturation.

Evelynn : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-26 13:30]

Hello Rick,
Impressive capture of a juvenile Bald Eagle, a fine sharp, well composed shot from your archives. Excellent BG and lighting in this close capture.
TFS, best wishes and hoping that you are better by now.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-26 14:57]

Hello Rick,
Fantastic photo of this immature Bald Eagle.
Great composition, very sharp, good DOF and POV and beautiful natural colours.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-26 15:08]

Hi Rick,
and you should also be proud, capturing a eagle in the wild is quite an accomplishment. Very good capture, the POV and the details are great.

Hi Rick,
Excellent capture of this young eagle, the mottled featers in the plumage is beautiful. Real nice exposure show well selected DOF and very nice sharpness. :)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-26 21:25]

Hi Rcik
What a nice capture.Excellent POV excellent sharpness of the image with beautiful colors.Also perfect DOF set up.
TFS Michel

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-26 23:02]

Hello Rick

Wow...A great shot of this bald eagle.The POV is excellent.Wonderful detail in the plumage,with good colour saturation.Excellent DOF with a lovely OOF BG.TFS


Great color and detail of this young Baldy . I've heard more than one person mistake young baldies for other species (ie hawks) , great eye . It's great to see some of your reviewers are actually getting tired of seeing these guys . We came very close to losing this beautiful bird . TFS , Kevin .

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-27 0:15]

Wow, Rick. What a fantastic shot.
A stunning close-up with sharp details.
Light, exposure, POV, and DOF are all excellent.
Great expression on that young determined face.
TFS. : )

Wow incredible shot Rick! Nicely framed.

WOW ! Rick , congrat. very impressive eyes , posture , this is a Top-Photo , thanks.

Hello Rick, :)

WOW! Stunning capture of this immature bald eagle! I love how you are able to get so darn close, with amazing sharpness and details. What a beautiful evergreen he is perched on! Fantastico! Hope you are feeling better.


Magnfique détails et composition.

Hello Rick,
I'm so envious of your great pictures; look at this!!! This is so close with excellent details, POV, composition, exposure and colors. It is not often that we can see this young impressive fellow. Congratulations!

great portrait, what tree is it ?

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-05-22 13:12]

Hi Rick,
The sharpness and focus in this picture are excellent. The details are amazing too. Good compostion and very nice colours and good blurred bg.
Well done

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-20 3:19]

hi rick,
wow...this is such a natural shot in good surroundings. Very classical shot and the sharpness is stunning.
The eye is well shown in excellent sharpness and intact with iris and pupil.
well presented shot.


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