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"His Majesty the Eagle"

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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-29 20:09
Viewed: 4353
Points: 38
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His Majesty the Eagle

The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), is the United States national bird and is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle's scientific name signifies a sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with a white (leukos) head. At one time, the word "bald" meant "white," not hairless. Bald eagles are found over most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. About half of the world's 85,000 bald eagles live in Alaska. Combined with British Columbia's population of about 20,000, the northwest coast of North America is by far their greatest stronghold for bald eagles. They flourish here in part because of the salmon. Dead or dying fish are an important food source for all bald eagles.

Eagles are a member of the Accipitridae family, which also includes hawks, kites, and old-world vultures. Bald eagles live in isolated virgin forests that are found near oceans, lakes, marshes and wetlands. The reason the bald eagle is limited to these mature forests is because the trees must be strong enough to support their nests. Eagles' nests can be as large as two to three meters in diameter, and can weigh up to one ton. After wintering down south, eagles will return to the same nests. These nests are usually built within two-hundred kilometers of where they were raised

Bald eagles mate for life. Courting behavior begins in early April and often involves spectacular aerial displays of eagles diving and locking talons. Eagles lay from one to three eggs, commonly two. The eggs usually hatch between late May and early June after a 34-35 day incubation period. The young usually leave the nest by early September.

There are two subspecies of bald eagles. The "southern" bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus, is found in the Gulf States from Texas and Baja California across to South Carolina and Florida, south of 40 degrees north latitude. The "northern" bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus alascanus, is found north of 40 degrees north latitude across the entire continent. The largest number of northern bald eagles is in the Northwest, especially in Alaska. The "northern" bald eagle is slightly larger than the "southern" bald eagle. Studies have shown that "northern" bald eagles fly into the southern states and Mexico, and the "southern" bald eagles fly north into Canada. Because of these finding, the subspecies of "northern" and "southern" bald eagles has been discontinued in recent literature.


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-29 20:33]

Hi Jorge,

Excellent pose you've captured. You have really made this eagle look noble and magnificent with this shot.



hi jorge,
lovely portrait,
well composed, nice pov, natural colours, framed well,
tfs & regards

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-11-29 21:43]

This is a simply stunning portrait, worthy of multitudinous praise!
Superb POV, perfect dof, grand colours and excellent sharp details.

Hi Jorge,
A very nice portrait shot on this Bald Eagle. Good color and detail in the white plumage. Nice intricate detail and clarity in the eye. Well done!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-11-29 23:37]

Outstanding portrait of the majestic eagle. The details are excellent with great color and nice POV.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-30 1:26]

Hi Jorge

Great shot will be back later today with critique

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-30 5:12]

Hi Jorge.
You have captured this eagle at very nice pose. Your POV is very effective and impressive. I like strong colour palette which suites to this majestic bird so much, details and sharpness of the eagle image. My best wishes and TFS.

Hi Jorge,
Good image.
Compo and sharpness are well done.

Hello Jorge
Great shot,
very good compo and details.

Hello Jorge, Excellent work, great details, very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, perfect details, very crisp, excellent work, on this portrait,

TFS Kyle


beautiful job with this eagle,
looks almighty,
very good focus,
crisp and sharp,
love the eyes,


Bonjour Jorge
Une excellente photo en portrait de ce bel aigle .Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP
Les sourires plus tard

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-30 10:06]


Indeed, in commands just as much respect as a royalty!
This is a very beautiful capture!
I like the low POV here a lot, the lovely natural colors and that magnificent look in its eyes.
Also the exposure is spot-on, the framing is nice and the composition great.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hola Jorge,
Excelente primer plano, donde se aprecian todos los detalles, buena nitidez y bonita composicíón en vertical. Saludos

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-30 10:46]

Hello Jorge,
Excellent portrait of eagle.POV,proud expression on face,clear eyes,framing and composition are wonderful.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-30 12:57]

Un bello primer plano Jorge, fundamentalmente por el impactante punto de vista que captaste, con gran nitidez y excelente control de la luz, como se demuestra en los plumones blncos del cuello del ave.
Debido a la ajustada profundidad que utilizaste, se aprecian tres claros niveles de foco... el cuerpo por delante desenfocado, el cuello y cabeza con perfecta agudeza y el fondo bien difuso para no interferir con la el plano principal.
Me agrada el encuadre y la presentación general de la composición.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-30 14:06]

Hello Jorge , Fantastic shot from the bald eagle the details and the colours sharpnes ar very good , nice bg and framing ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-01 7:57]
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Hello Jorge,
very nice eagle portrait. The pose and the POV are very nice. Nice shar details and vonderful colors.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-03 1:18]
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Hi Jorge

A very interesting POV with this bottom-up shot.

Actually it is rather strange that we don't see more shots with this POV. I assume this to be the result of the bird that was perched up in a tree while you were standing on the ground taking an upward shot. It possibly indicates that the photo was taken in the wild. Since you don't mention where you took the photo I'm not quite sure and I might be making a totally wrong deduction though.

I like the clarity and details you captured, especially in the eye, and in the plumage in the region of the neck. The beak and areas of the head seems to be a little soft, but I suspect that it might have something to do with your noise reduction or PP software. The colours, contrasts, and exposure are all great.

Anyway, good work and TFS.

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