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American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) coming into land with Lac de Serre Ponçon in the background (French Alps).

This bird formed part of an impressive falconry display at La Montagne aux Marmottes (which included golden eagles, vultures, a kestrel, an eagle owl and stalks!) set against the back drop of the turquoise lake. Highly recommended if you are ever in the area.

Its a shame the the jesses weren't hidden but a like the clutched claws and the expression of the bird looking over its shoulder, whilst the stalling air currents cause the wing feather to lift.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 1D X
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jul 2013 - 2:02 PM
Focal Length:390mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1250
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Don't loose your head (before you land)!
Username:livinglevels livinglevels
Uploaded:6 Sep 2013 - 6:49 PM
Tags:Alps, American bald eagle, Eagle, France, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, La Montagne aux Marmottes, Lac de Serre Ponçon, Pets / captive animals
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