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Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle
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Copyright: Tom Peak (tkp1165) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 12 N: 595] (3876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 300, Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Eagle photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-13 7:53
Viewed: 3381
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a bird of prey found in North America. It is the national bird and symbol of the United States of America. This sea eagle has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

The Bald Eagle is a large bird, with a body length of 70102 centimeters (2840 in), a wingspan of up to 2.44 m (96 in), and a mass of 2.57 kilograms (5.515 lb); females are about 25 percent larger than males. The adult Bald Eagle has a brown body with a white head and tail, and bright yellow irises, taloned feet, and a hooked beak; juveniles are completely brown except for the yellow feet. Males and females are identical in plumage coloration. Its diet consists mainly of fish, but it is an opportunistic feeder. It hunts fish by swooping down and snatching the fish out of the water with its talons. It is sexually mature at four years or five years of age. In the wild, Bald Eagles can live up to thirty years, and often survive longer in captivity. The Bald Eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird, up to 4 meters (13 ft) deep, 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) wide, and one tonne (1.1 tons) in weight.

The species was on the brink of extinction in the continental United States (while flourishing in much of Alaska and Canada) late in the 20th century, but now has a stable population and has been officially 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 United States Fish and Wildlife Service. On July 6, 1999, a proposal was initiated "To Remove the Bald Eagle in the Lower 48 States From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife." It was de-listed on June 28, 2007.
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Hi Tom.
Wonderfull capture of this two great eagles in flight.
Verry good photo with nice colours.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

hello Tom

what a great luck you have to see and photograph in-flight Bald Eagles,
with fine POV, i love that they are a little bit from far
and there is space in front of them to flight,
superbly focused with excellent sharpness and details, TFS

Asbed

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-13 11:35]

Hello Tom,
Superb clarity in this photo of these Bald Eagles. Great poses in a very good composition. Very beautiful light and colours. Excellent timing.
Regards,
Peter

great capture, TFS Ori

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-14 7:37]

Tom

What a great capture this lovely pair of eagle.
Congratulation!
Horia

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-15 19:52]

Great capture Tom,
Excellent detail, color and exposure. Very informative notes!! TFS.
Sorry for the late critique, I've been super busy lately.
Ron

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