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A National Symbol

A National Symbol
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f2.8 + 2.xII extender, Digital ISO 640
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Eagle photos, bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-11 16:45
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Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Though the bald eagle knows no national boundaries it is a symbol of the United States. This eagle probably travels between Alaska and Canada annually, sometimes coming into the the lower US states as well. The eagles that travel this flyway often come into northern Washington state for salmon in the Skagit River.

Bald eagle populations were declining from the earliest days of the nation (USA). Loss of habitat, food supply and direct killings kept the eagle population low. In 1940 the first Bald Eagle Protection Act was passed and a slow recovery began until the pesticide DDT threatened the bird with extinction. By 1963 there were only 417 nesting pairs of eagles in the lower 48 states. The long public crusade, begun by Rachel Carson, to ban DDT did not meet with success until 1972; and in 1973 the bald eagle received special protection status through the Endangered Species Act. The bald eagle has made a significant comeback. In 1995, the bald eagle was down-listed from "Endangered" to "Threatened" in the 43 states where the bald eagle had been listed as endangered. The bald eagle was delisted from its threatened status just last year, on June 28, 2007! Bald eagle populations will need to be monitored closely for at least five years after delisting in order that any needed corrective actions can be taken. So with vigilance there can be happy endings like this story that brought the bald eagle back from the brink of extinction.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-12-11 17:02]

Hi Evelynn,
Superb photo. Perfect composition and beautiful environment. Colours are nice and natural.

Hi Evelynn,
what an excellent note and photo you grace TN with today.The very idea of these majestic birds ever being harmed let alone going extinct is very repugnant to me.It took millions of years for them to take their place on the world's stage only to be brought to the brink,now what gives we humans the right to slaughter any of the wild life that exists on this planet?The list of creatures that have been destroyed by humankind is absolutely disgusting and so unnecessary since the last ice age ended.The thing is what your note says,we can if we care to, keep all life on this planet safe and sound,it just takes the will to do so.I am glad the will exists for the preservation of eagles,condors and whooping cranes and many others worldwide.This photo is very good with the classic eagle pose and the colours are wonderful for a dull day photo,which shows a very noble creature,who deserves respect and admiration.I know if nothing else that you,Evelynn respect and admire all things natural and free and may that always be.Thanks for this great series of eagles taken in BC in difficult conditions,a trip well worth the time. Bob

hello Evelynn

WOW ! what a great shot of the bald eagle, fine focus and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, and what a proud pose, TFS


Yes it is! and one can tell you appreciate their beauty! the well coloured and filled tree just adds to the pose...Very nice!

Hello Evelynn

A lovely image of this iconic national symbol.
Were you aware that Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey as the USA's national bird?
This shot has many elements that I really find appealing.
The richness of the woods is well captured in the textures and colours.
Excellent detail in the eagle's plumage ,feet and eye.
The pose is lovely.
Great job.


Hi Evelynn,

What I would give to see one of these wonderful creatures in the wild. This is such a proud looking bird, absolutely stunning. The detail is excellent, love the POV and framing just a beautiful shot, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-11 22:42]

Hello Evelynn,
An excellent portrait of your national symbol, the majesty of this Bald-headed Eagle showing well from a great POV with wonderful sharpness and contrast with the spruce trunk and branch. The side lighting is wonderful too.
Top shot and thanks for sharing it with us,

Hi Evelynn,

This bird have you very good captured.
such birds we don't have here.
Beautiful pose and colors from the bird.
I am glad to read in your notes that the bird no more endagerend are, such birds needed protectection.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-11 23:19]

Hi Evelynn

A great shot - lovely pose and detail - the green moss and needles ad a great splash of colour.


Hallo Evelynn
I don't think I can add anything that has not yet been said. This is a wonderful image of a beautiful majestic bird, and this one deserves a round of applause. Sharpness, focus and composition is just great. The detail and patterns on the plumage is just great and this one seems to be the perfect model. Just love the "far away" look in the eyes and the clarity of the yellow bill. Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy your day.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-12 0:29]

Hi Evelynn

This is indeed a postcard shot! Very beautiful and typical for this amazing animal!
I really like your composition, first of all - you managed to incorporate part of the elements near which he feels comfortable, too, but also elements that bring him out of the frame.
The details are simply impeccable and here i really like the lines of the feather from his wings. Surely, the texture of the tree and the moss add to that and create an even more interesting picture.
On top of everything, you have the superb colors that you've obtained through a spot-on exposure...a real pro's work!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Evelynn,
This is an impressive image My Friend, This beautiful eagle captured so superbly in its wonderful surroundings. Fantastic camera work throughout the Impressive composition. Did I say this is IMPRESSIVE, thanks Evelynn.

Hello Evelynn,
An other great shot of this majestic bald eagle, superb focus with vey good details on both plumage and the tree's trunk
Well done

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-12 10:09]

Hello Evelynn,
Fantastic photo of this majestic posed bird. Amazing beautiful saturated colours and excellent sharpness. Impressive details in the eagle and trees. Wonderful composition.

Hi Evelynn,
Very good capture of this magnificant Bald Eagle; great pose and composition, sharp details, beautiful colours and natural habitat.

Hi Evelynn,
This is an impressive shot of an impressive bird! Look at how proud he looks! I would be delighted to have such a capture in my portfolio. The image is crystal clear with perfect composition and exposure. This is outstanding!

Hello Evelynn,
Thank you for this beautiful image of the bald eagle, proud and strong in it's own territory!
the pov is great with perfect exposure and focus!
the sharpness and colour is outstanding!
my compliment for the good shot!
warmest regards

Another amazing eagle shot! It is so detailed, yet so smooth. This is a very effective composition, you really are quite skilled at photographing wildlife!


Hi Evelynn!

Your series about the eagle is impressive and beautiful. From my point of view and subjective feeling this picture is the best one of all of them. I especially like the lighting and the vertical orientation that highlights the vertical lines of the tree and of the position of the eagle. The horizontal branch cut the picture in different parts and accentuates the eagle's position.

Kind regards


Hello again...
That's definitely a favorite...
Technically well done. Most interesting. Very enjoyable in terms of aesthetics.
No further comment:-)

Ciao dear friend,
You have a amazing gallery. Questo scatto di una bellezza unica.
Ciao e grazie.

Hello Evelynn,

Excellent shot.
Great photo.
Wonderful colours with fantastic details.
Lighting and definition are splendid.
Good notes.

Superb photo. Perfect composition and beautiful environment. Colours are nice and natural.

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