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Snowy Eagles

Snowy Eagles
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Copyright: Harry Eggens (Proframe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds and Animals in the Snow, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-17 10:05
Viewed: 6659
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These pair of bald eagles had nothing else to do than just sit and look around a bit.
Shot taken on the first day of my three week stay in Alaska last March.
The small white dots you see in the image, especially against there dark colored feathers, are flurries.
I also attached the Nikon TC17E II teleconverter between the lens and camera.
ISO setting at 400.


From Wikipedia

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), also known in the United States 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 extirpation in the U.S. late in the twentieth 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."[1] It is expected to be delisted by June 29.[2]

This sea-eagle gets both its normal 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").

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments/critiques.
Kindest regards, Harry

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HI harry ,

A very well composed pic , amazing capture with great detaild and POV , the title should be PICTURE perfect.Love this pic.



Alaska is really the paradise of Bald Eagles... I wish I can take some great shots like yours. They are impressive, majestic and wonderful animals and this picture is a great tribute to them. Thanks!

Hello Harry
Excellent shot of these snowy Eagles,
I think they're wonderful,
Perfect composition,BG and Lighting,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-17 10:56]

Hi Harry,
very sharp and well composed shot.
Both the Eagles seem to be intently looking at something.
Well done,

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  • TommyB (62)
  • [2007-06-17 11:03]
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Amazing shot of these eagles. Wonderful clarity, I wonder what they were looking at.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-17 11:17]

A great image Harry. Great details, perfect exposure, outstanding composition. The photo has such great clarity and I am impressed with the details around the eyes for a photo shot from such a distance.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-17 11:35]

Hello Harry,
Fantastic photo of this Bald Eagles. Great composition, POV, BG, very clear colours and very sharp.

A fine image Harry,

good composition of a great subject.
Fine focus work again.


Hello Harry,
great composition with best POV, clarity, beautiful colour and details
well done and TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-17 15:12]

Great shot, Harry.
They look like two little old men hanging out.
Fantastic POV and details on the two eagles.
I particularly enjoy the snowy BG.
TFS. : )

Hi Harry
No action, so compo is even more important: I think it is perfect. Lovely BG despite bad weather conditions, maybe an all bluish-grey BG would have been even nicer.

beautiful, almost like a painting, TFS Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-17 16:38]

Hi Harry they look like a pair of book ends. Excellent shot. great detail and colour. sharp focus. Lucky you to get this picture but thanks to for sharing it with us.
very well done

Whoa...the teleconverter sure works well with that lens, huh? I guess it's because it is a f2.8...and a Nikon. : )
It's a wonderful image! I'd be happy with one eagle...two is a real treat.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-17 22:36]

Hi Harry,
Wonderful shot of the Snowy Eagles. Very neat and sharp details, nice colours and perfect natural lighting. Excellent POV and DOF. The pose is superb and the intense eyes tell a story by themselves. Very nice composed and presented. Kudos.

Hi Harry,
As always, you present an excellent picture. Technically, this is a perfect shot. Aesthetically, this also a very nicely composed picture.


Hi Harry,
this is a beautiful picture wiht great light and nice colours.
The details and exposure are spot on. WEll composed and fine POV.
But pls Harry no more snow pictures after the long winter ;-))
Great work as usual.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-06-18 1:24]

wow! what a beautiful pair! great antourage. very well done. tfs

Hi Harry, well you've answered my question with respect to the TC17E II. It's sharp. Its a great composition of these two in this pose. The stare especially is very impressive.

Thanks, John

Harry...I am glad to see this image for a few reasons. I sure enjoy the composition, and the fact the exposure is very good for conditions. The tele-converter is something I was going to buy, but wasn't sure how it would work on this lens.(I have same)Perhaps the D2X is better at the higher ISO than D200 as well.TFS

Hi Harry,
What a beautiful duoble portrait.Great POV, colours and details.TFS.


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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-06-18 6:27]

Mukemmelsin tebrik ederim. Çok şık kompozisyon. good composition

WOOW ! Excellent , Top-Photo , congratulations Harry .

Another great powerful shot, teh snow adds to the image.
Great compositin and sharpness
Great plumage detail, the eyes are fantastic.
Wel done


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-18 11:15]

Two for the price of one :o) Very good work Harry. I love your series of bald eagles in snow... Very well done and TFS

Hi Harry,
Again an exceptional image; you don't often see such images, taken while it is snowing; this adds to the atmosphere.
It looks like you've just climbed a mountain to shoot these two fellows just sitting there...

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-18 12:06]

Hello Harry,
Magnificent scane.Well caught,framed and composed.Love the sharp details you show here.Excellent work!

Hi Harry.
Again, stunning detail. Perfectly exposed and pin sharp. Composition, eagles and the elements in this image make a stunning image.

New Zealand

Hi Harry,
Excellent shot! Flawless composition and framing. Very dramatic with this pair together. NIce sharp detail.

This is a great duo shot of these magnificant raptors and the detail in the plumage is perfect. An excellent image Harry. :)

Hola Harry,
Una imagen espectacular por su belleza y extraordinaria calidad, TFS, saludos
José Ramón

What a beautiful pair of eagles. the composition and exposure are spot on and the detail is wonderful.

Great shot...


PS the map coordinates are a touch out... If you zoom out enough they end up somewhere just off the coast of eastern Russia... (mine ended up somewhere off the coast of the sechelles...)

Hello Harry,

Just wanted to say "hello"! I am impressed after taking a tour through your beautiful gallery. I also enjoyed the pictures on your personal website. Absolutely amazing staff! This photo is just one of the many I liked! I wonder how do you approach all those animals? Do you use blinds or hides or are your lenses just long enough? I guess the most important thing is first to go to the places where they live.


The composition is perfect with well distributed empty space around the subjects. The subjects themselves are appealing and one of my favorite raptors. The background is outstanding. It isolates the eagles very well! I love the flurries as they give us a hint of the harsh environment these birds must live in sometimes.


The natural colors look warm and well saturated. I like the combination of yellow and blue.


The very good contrast enhances the details in the plumage and in the rock.


Exposure is spot-on! The details were preserved in both highlights and shadows and the cloudy sky provided a natural diffused light which cast no harsh shadows. Very well done!


Accurate focus on the two subjects! The details in the plumage are outstanding! The DOF was also well controlled although the sky would have made a great background even if not blurred.

This is one of the best pictures of bald eagles I've seen on TN! I'll add it to my favorites of course! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-06-29 23:19]

WOW! harry. Magnificent shot.Excellent composition with very good POV, sharpness and details. Beautiful colours and background.Thanks a lot for sharing,

Amazing picture! Congrats! TFS Cheers Dan

Wonderful in all aspects.


Hi Harry
Excellent shot Wirh Lovely Composition
Good Sharpnes & Nice Colors
Well Done


Hi Harry
All I can say is WOW!
A awesome capture of these to majestic Bald Eagles sitting as the snow falls quietly around them. Nothing wrong here. Great note.
TFS Janice

Harry, I can spend all my daily points in you r gallery!

Another perfect shot.
...the only wrong thing here is that the shot was not taken by me !!!


Hi Harry

You have an extremely impressive gallery! These two are stunning! :-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-31 20:31]

Hello Harry

A superb capture of these two bald eagles.The flurries add a wonderful element of ruggedness and wilderness to the shot.The focus and details are excellent,and the colour saturation is very good.The birds are well placed in the frame.Great job.TFS


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