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I want that seat!

I want that seat!
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Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon 300/4 L IS USM + EF 1.4 ext. II
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-04 13:43
Viewed: 6399
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This friday I got up 3 in the morning and drove to the national reserve "Store Mosse". This is the largest mire area in southern Sweden, of about 8000 hectares. I arrived there before dawn and walked in the darkness to a research hide very close to a feeding spot for wild eagles in this area. I had to stay in the hide for 13 hours until it got dark again, but the wait was a very well spent time as I saw a lot of both white tailed and golden eagles throughout the day.

This is a very careful white tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla/havsörn) that was observing the hide for a long time before he decided to skip the feeding this day. While he was sitting there this Raven was trying to get his seat all the time. I got some really funny photos of this.

I will show some other photos from this fantastic days later on.... ;o)

I took this in raw-format and used Adobe Lightroom for some adjustments before the edit in Photoshop CS3 beta

Crop, levels, lightning and a bit hue
Sharpening with Photokit capture sharpener
Noise reduction with Imagenomic noiseware professional
Copyright and frame in Faststone

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Hej Bengt,
a very beautiful picture with lovely colours and good compostion. I like the pose and action here.
Good details and well exposed. The shaoow DOF is alto good,
the mains subject standout nicely from the BG.
But why Noiseware when you use 200ISO ?
Great work.

This is fantastic picture, great moment


Wow this is spectacular Bengt
I think the raven is taking his life in his hands as he creeps toward the eagle. I can just imagine what the eagle is thinking by his body posture and pose. This is a very special image...brilliant!
TFS Janice

Hi Bengt!

Wow you are patient, 13 hours in a hide?! Not sure I could sit still for that long! Mind you if I could get shots like this from my efforts then surely it is worth it!

Really great shot, very comical, the raven has definitely got some guts! He is getting a very menacing look from the eagle, talking of who looks beautiful and must be amazing to see in the wild. The details are sharp and image is clear and bright. I look forward to more of these!


bad company!

Hi Bengt,
this is great photo of this pair of birds.It is so typical of crows and ravens as well as most other smaller birds to press their luck with the bigger raptors.They feel threaten by the raptors and try to drive them away.The smaller birds are in no real danger as they can move faster than the larger ones,so they taunt the larger until they have had enough and finally fly off.This behavior is great from my point of view as the noise of the smaller birds draws my attention and almost always the smaller birds are at something they see as predator,which leads to photo opportunities. This composition is outstanding with good focus and point of view.TFS. Bob

Cool and unusual shot of this two guys :)
Nice captured and presented.

Hello Bengt , super real wildlife photo , TFS.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-03-04 15:04]

Hi Bengt,
First of all I'm all praise for your patience and determination....13 hours eh....wow!It was well worth it as this is a beautiful image.I would love to see such a magnificent bird as this in natural habitat.It is as if the raven is bowing down to its superior....the eagle its ruler and master.Its got to be a favorite.....TFS.
Regards, David

Hej Bengt,

This is a great shot! Fine natural colours and a soft delicous light. Your composition is very fine too!

Kul att se detta, jag har suttit i örngömsle själv ett par gånger i vinter. Snyggt fångat!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-04 16:58]

Hi Bengt,
You captured a great moment. Their expressions and the action is very charming. Exposure is very well handled too. Very well done. TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-03-04 21:52]

Congratulations! Your patience paid off and I am amazed that you waited so long. It is an outstanding shot. The exposure is perfect. The colors and details show so well. The composition is wonderful. A favorite! I am anxious to see more from the day.

WOW! this is a perfect moment! I really love the action happening here. ANd you took it with such great composition and sharpness. Fantastic!

Hi Bengt, this is a very interesting shot. It sounds like you required a lot of patience to get this one, but I think it was worth it. Just for my own interest I lightened and blew up your shot on the side. The raven had his eye shut down to a slit, in kind of a defensive nature. So he must have wanted this seat bad, he was willing to fight a little for it.

This is an excellent composition which tells a story in itself. TrekNature should have a section where we get to "Name that Shot". With this one if you had a hundred people responding you'd get 100 good but different responses.

Thanks, John

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-05 0:29]

Hi Bengt,

A great shot of this pair,both in excellent focus,the details,colors are very good,well done and TFS


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-03-05 2:24]

Bonjour Bengt, this is a great composition with these two guy on te same branch!! I think that the Raven is the strongest!! Il n'a pas froid aux yeux!! Congratultions for this interesting shot, Didier.

Hi Bengt

Brilliant shot! Well done on being at the right place at the right time! :-)

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-05 3:37]

What a fab photo! I wonder what the Eagale is thinking and why the Crow is being so brave. Beautiful colours, great shaprness and excellent composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-05 4:06]

Hello Bengt,
This picture seems to come straight out of a movie..vivid, interesting, action,beautiful, what do we want more? Bravo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-03-05 5:35]

Hello Bengt,
Fantastic shot! The eyes of the eagle say everything.
Great details in very natural light. The dark BG completes the scene.
What a patience! 13 hours in the snow....

Hello Bengt,

What a great inter-species encounter with excellent body language in both subjects! I love the careful, bowing pose of the raven and the more dominant pose of the white tailed eagle! I guess this is the best photo from the whole series you took there since you post it first.
The composition is very good with excellent details in the foreground while keeping everything else in the background out of focus. Somehow this picture creates a conflict inside the viewer's mind since the whole scene in the foreground looks like a scale on which the larger and heavier eagle is lifted by the smaller weight of the little raven. This adds to the dynamism of your shot and makes it more interesting.
It's useless to speak about colors and the excellent details since there are more important facts that scream louder than a list of technical details. The excellent in-camera work enabled you to show us this beautiful scene and your patience was greatly rewarded. You chose an appropriate frame and the useful notes complete your posting! Outstanding work my friend! I'm looking forward to seeing more photos from this unusual encounter. Please allow me to add it to my favorites list! Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-10 10:49]

Hej Bengt,
I don't know how I missed this shot which is easily worth at least 90 points!! Really SUPERB capture of this Eagle and Raven and I admire the patience you had to wait in the hide!
I've always wanted to go to Store Mosse and I'll drag Ivan there in June on our way to Hornborgasjön!!
Many thanks for this super shot and best wishes, Ulla

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-03-14 15:21]

Hi Bengt,
You had perfect timing to capture this. It seems the raven is not afraid at all. Great sharpness and details.
TFS Paula

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-17 8:11]

Hi Bengt

I remember seeing this photo the day it was posted, but i guess i was very busy and i (almost) fergot to say something about it :)
What an amazing capture! I know you've posted another picture from this series but i found this one to be simply outstanding because both of the birds are looking exactly on the other one.
The details on both of them are superb and very sharp and the magnificent DOF did great to keep them both in full focus while blurring the BG very nicely.
The exposure is im my opinion spot-on, the natural colors are brilliant and the diagonal composition is splendid.
All-in-all: a 5* post ;)


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-17 9:04]

Hi Bengt,
Excellent scene, pose of both birds and composition.
TFS, José M.

Impressive nature shot. Amazing anytime you can get two species in the same frame. Nice job.

Hello again!
After a short break I decided to check your earlier picture and I found this perfect composed photo! Amazing compo! I really like it a lot! What a great timing! To see such situation in the wild it has to be great pleasure!
Many thanks for showing this fantastic shot!

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  • OrjanM (148)
  • [2007-11-06 10:11]


A realy nice pic. Technicaly perfect an superb composition. But what I perhaps like most is how you have captured the interaction between the birds.

Such a pic is always worth waiting for...

I have been looking for a hide for eagles myself, but have not find the right one yet, so I stick to canivores.


You really captured a funny moment. Nice composition. But I think may be you sharpened a little too much, Anyways, good work.

Excellent moment, Bengt.
Very good background as well...
Well done

So cute! Thanks for sharing

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