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Steller's claw

Steller's claw
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Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58 mm UV Hama
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-10 12:17
Viewed: 5231
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Steller's Sea Eagle, Haliaeetus pelagicus is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers. This is, on average, the heaviest eagle in the world, as it averages about 6.8 to 9 kg (15 - 20 lb), but may lag behind the Harpy Eagle and the Philippine Eagle in other measurements.
The Steller's Sea-eagle mainly feeds on fish, especially salmon and trout. Besides fish, it also preys on water-dwelling birds, mammals and carrion. This eagle may prey on young seals, but seals are generally more likely to be eaten as carrion.

With my last photo someone said that the head of a bird of pray is always impressive, but what do you think of the claw of a steller sea eagle?

Photo taken last year on a trip with Goutham, Thijs and René to the birdparc Avifauna in Alphen a/d Rijn.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-03-10 13:57]

Bonjour Paula
Très belle idée de prise de vue dégageant beaucoup de force et de précision, ces serres sont impressionant.
Amicalement Robi

Hello Paula
What I think of the claw of a bird of prey...impressive like the head.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-11 8:56]

Hi Paula.
I like your idea to show all beauty of the bird. I think the picture shows that the claw is very impressive too. It shows what rower is hidden into them. Technically your picture is amazing too. Terrific DOF and sharpness of the image, great exposure and nice natural colours. Bravo and best regards.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-12 4:52]

Hello Paula, great shot of the Steller's claw. Sharp details, great exposure. Good idea, well done, thanks!


Hello Paula , very imressive image , absolutely tells us how Birds of Prey hunts , TFS .

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-06 5:48]

Hi Paula,
an impressive close up with excellent detail, you can really see the potential power in those talons here, well done!

Hoi Paula,
Dit is zeker indrukwekkend. Het detail van deze poot is prachtig. Het feit dat je zo dichtbij kon komen is super.
Ik vind vooral de helderheid en het zacht licht in deze foto erg bijzonder. Hierdoor valt de aandacht volledig op de klauw en geeft goed contrast tussen de lichte klauw en donkere veren.

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