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American Bald Eagle

By BerthaDBluze
Another bald eagle from one of my hikes. This one was taken on a hike south of Olympia, Washington, USA. It was a wonderful day...a bit cold, but a beautiful blue sky and the sun was out. I never managed to sneak as close to this one as I wanted before it flew away.

f4.5 1/250 sec

I was using a 2X TC on this one. I still had to crop it though. I also cloned out an annoying branch in the top left side.

I just noticed some weird shape on the left side of the bird just above the branch. Anyone know what would cause that? I don't see it in the original image.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Big_Beavis, exposure, taggart and 28 more

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exposure Plus
16 6.0k England
24 Feb 2006 2:04PM
A Lovely composition detail light and presentation.

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taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
24 Feb 2006 2:50PM
You must have had splendid light--What a great capture--not to sure I would want to get much closer..........

Excellent tracking--

glazzaro 15 70 23 United States
24 Feb 2006 3:08PM
I envy you the shot, I still have not cuaght a shot of one yet, way to go! Spot on! Click!!!

24 Feb 2006 3:27PM
Another lovely bird image! Just wonderful!


VNelson 15 3 United States
24 Feb 2006 4:58PM
Was sneaking up on birds myself again today. You sure got this one! The weird shapes might be clone tracks from getting rid of the branch. I often have some success using the Blur handtool to get rid of them.

BerthaDBluze 15 19
24 Feb 2006 5:16PM
Thanks Pauline, Jennnn, Greg, Phil, and Verne! Smile

Verne: Watch out...that sneaking up on birds can get addicting! Smile I wish it was from the branch cloning, but the branch cloning was upper left, and the weird shape is along the bird down by the branch. I do now see a dark spot upper left that's probably from my cloning attempt though. Smile
tonymarq 14 1 United States
24 Feb 2006 5:40PM
Bertha amazing feather detail and beautiful focus! They are so beautiful and proud birds, and you've captured him perfectly!

stay well
Ceciliat 15 6 Philippines
24 Feb 2006 6:56PM
Amazing capture,I liked the composition and lighting...
Well done're so lucky!
Marian 14 62 England
24 Feb 2006 10:13PM
A lovely bird, which you have captured well, the details are excellent details.
Shane136 16 63 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2006 10:47PM
nice one,well taken

Paul_cats 14 61 22 Scotland
24 Feb 2006 11:08PM
Exccellent shot Bertha. Makes a change to see the back of one of these. it really shows the plumage. It does look to me as though you have done a little cloning around the branch even though you say it was only upper left. I am new to this as well but if I do any cloning I always use about between 2 - 5% of feathering to try and blend it in. Hope this helps.
sunshot 15 24 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2006 11:37PM
excellent capture, very well done.

laurab 17 53 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2006 11:47PM
Hi Bertha, the strange patch looks like something has been cloned out.

Good capture
pcjackso Junior Member 14 7
25 Feb 2006 9:17AM
Lovely detail.Great shot
sputnki 16 10 Canada
25 Feb 2006 1:43PM
Good one Bertha! Well, if you ever make your way to Nova Scotia we'll show you a few of these. Damn things are as thick as crows out here!

BerthaDBluze 15 19
25 Feb 2006 2:42PM
Thanks Tonymarq, Cesie, Marian, shane, Paul, Marc, Laura, Pauline, and Doug! Smile

Paul and Laura: I guess I must have been cloning something then...don't know what it was cause I don't see anything on the original...oh well, I'll chock it up to my being daft! Smile

Doug: You're lucky! We have a few around here, but I have to go hunt around to find them...and then I feel extremely lucky if I actually see one! Smile
VNelson 15 3 United States
25 Feb 2006 7:04PM
Love your need to be sneaking up on more birds...thanks for the comments.

old timer 16 55 1 Scotland
25 Feb 2006 10:17PM
A great capture, Bertha.
bricurtis Plus
14 2.3k 50 England
26 Feb 2006 2:48AM
Great feather detail, and I like the over the shoulder type pose.Good capture.

BerthaDBluze 15 19
26 Feb 2006 4:15AM
Thanks Jim and Brian! Smile
KBan 15 512 4 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2006 8:20AM
hi Bertha none of these in Lancashire England.... pity!!
nice detail
BerthaDBluze 15 19
26 Feb 2006 9:39AM
Thanks Keith! Too bad you don't have any, they are beautiful birds! You do have prettier robins though! Smile
JCowlan 14 England
27 Feb 2006 9:47AM
Hi Bertha,

nice work

well done

BerthaDBluze 15 19
27 Feb 2006 10:14AM
Thank-you James! Smile
hebdens 14 5
27 Feb 2006 10:11PM
superb detail.
BerthaDBluze 15 19
28 Feb 2006 4:08PM
Thanks Tracy! Smile
8 Apr 2006 1:24AM
Such wonderful feather detail ... tho I too would have been tempted to use levels a little just to add a little contrast and darken slightly. Beautiful all the same and an excellent capture. I don't see any "odd" shape .... looks just fine to me! But you know these birds better than I. Take care, Click*
BerthaDBluze 15 19
11 Apr 2006 9:37AM
Thank-you Karen! I appreciate the suggestion on the levels...I'm a dolt when it comes to PS, I'm trying to learn it! Smile

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