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Eye of a Bald Eagle

Eye of a Bald Eagle
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 331 N: 902] (5752)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-02
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L USM, Hoya HMC Super 77mm U.V.
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 70 points or more ! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-06 9:06
Viewed: 26008
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bald Eagle is a common site in various parts of North America. From Alaska down to British Columbia across to Ontario and Quebec south to Florida across to California. There are two subspecies which is in question and in debate as this is One Specie of two sizes. The largest race is Alaska and across Canada and the smaller race is Florida and California. I also believe this to be one race.

Back to this one. When I first joined Trek N. two years this coming fall, I posted "Mr Eagle Eye." This name given to me by a member of Trek N.
In 1992 I visited a rapture rehabilitation center, "Mounstberg Wildlife Center," in Campbellville Ontario. Some raptors are permanent, others are let go after recovery. This Bald eagle, however, will never fly due to an injury that caused permanent damage. Also it was nice to have seen him again after 14 years from the first time when he had sling on his wing. This time he was free of the sling and looked good. He was very much interested in the people and occasionaly staring up in the sky, which he would tilt his head and focus on something up there. It's Sad to see this beautiful bird behind a fence.
The Greek translation to Haliaeetus leucocephalus is "White headed fish eagle."

Hope you like this close-up of the Bald Eagle Eye.
The usual in CS2 and thanks for looking.


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Beautiful close-up Mike, capturing the majesty of this great bird.

hi mike
qu'elle netteté dans l'oeil,et de details dans les plumes.
superbe photo.

A SUPERB macro!!! Striking comp and colours, an image full of impact, thanx, M, (*_*)

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  • kedo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 26 W: 10 N: 0] (1296)
  • [2006-04-06 9:10]

perfect makro and sharpnes bravo

W O W !!
At first sight, I thought you'd captured this close-up in its natural habitat. Amazing composition. Was a little sad to read it's story though.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Carma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 461 W: 121 N: 299] (4996)
  • [2006-04-06 9:22]

What a zoom. Great photo.

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  • padre Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1419 W: 90 N: 263] (4035)
  • [2006-04-06 9:23]

Very powerful image Mike and the dof works well to isolate the eye. Nicely done. B

Hi Mike,
Great shot with good composition! The clarity of the expressive eye is superb!! The colours and details are excellent. Really well captured!

For a moment I thought it was my Mother in Law.
Its a really great photo, colouring perfect. You have a good eye.

Striking stare! A great effort Mike.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2006-04-06 11:12]

Great macro shot of this angry & strong eagle.Well done.

Hi Mike,

Wow! A corker of a shot mate, brilliant detail! I can see every feather underneath his eye and even his eyelashes. Great capture!


WOW! Superb eye shot Mike!

The details are oustanding and the colors very nice. I love the reflections in its' eye. We have been seeing these majestic birds here in our area as well. The lake where I go fishing has had a mating pair there for three years now.
Great notes Mike and thanks so much for sharing this fantastic image. A shot not seen too often this close up.

Love and Peace always

Very impressive image. I like the detail around the eye. This is almost a macro! The natural light is adequate and the tight framing works. Very fine work.

Hi Mike,

This is DYNAMITE!!!
Incredible sharpness with extreme detail!!
Well done!


Nice close up Mike,
Spot on detail, sharpness and colours.
Thanks for posting, Have a great end to the week.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 156 N: 602] (8359)
  • [2006-04-06 14:02]

Hi Mike, still looks angry even in close up, they sure have an attitude.
Great colour saturation and feather details.
Thanks for sharing.

Wow, Mike,
that's close, I love this impressive eye so much. Like gold - and the sharpness is excellent, so well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2006-04-06 19:11]

Hi Mike

I like the tight framing, & superb color & sharpness of the eagle. The reflection in the eye is a nice touch. Good work!

Hi Mike,
Very cool shot! I love the exceptionally close tight crop to emphasize the eye. Sharp detail when you can see the texture in the iris of the eye. Well done!

What a great close-up Mike. It is beautiful, such a clear and sharp eye. Wonderful -I like the close crop very much in this case. I love the details in the feathers and the beak also. TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2006-04-06 21:49]

That's a good macro ! Very well done Mike, so much details to look at. Incredible eye. Thanks !


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  • wck Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 697 W: 36 N: 423] (3851)
  • [2006-04-07 3:22]

Hi Mike, What a fantastic close up! I amaze with his eye! Very well done.


Hi Mike,
Darn what a sharp close-up. It almost looks like you were sitting next to it. Great detail in feathers and eye. It is great to see details of the eagle that you normally don't see.

WOW....love this Macro...great lighting, sharpness and composition. One of my favourite birds in the world....they are so magnificent. It is a shame to see them in captivity, but I am sure it is for the best.

You’ve got a way with eyes Mike. This one is truly excellent with all its detail and the reflection of light. Bravo!


Great shot again Mike, I love your great works! This is another fine example why! woo , what an intimidating look!


This really is a terrific shot of the eye Mike. It's crystal sharp. Well done.

Im speechless! What a detail! What a look! Amazing shot. Great DOF and sharpness. He looks so angry :)

Great, very unusual shot! The detail you've captured is fantastic. It's to bad he'll never be able to be released, but nice that he was cared for so well. TFS,

Great close up! TFS

Wow!excellent close up shot,nice detail on the eye...very nicely done...

Hi Mike, Great shot! Great colors and sharpness as always with your pics. Keep shooting :-)

Thanks for your answer the other day. When I get more time, I will do some test and send some to you. I am getting used to it. My last pic is handheld and I find it focused, check it out and tell me what you think.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2006-04-17 1:55]

Hi Mike, yes, it is sad to see these beautiful birds behind a fence, but if he wasn't brought in he wouldn't be alive now. So...
Super capture of Mr Bald Eagle's eye. Such excellent clarity and sharpness. Well done,

Masterful macro Mike, brilliant.


Awesome macro shot Mike. You seem to have caught his spirit. I've seen a couple in the area of Hamilton and I'm told they may be making a come back in this area. Hopefully the rumour is true. Great work.



The details are sensational! Great photo Mike, truly gorgeous.
Those eyes of the bald eagle are so... imperial, he could stare you down until you were nothing!

I like the super tight crop, it's very useful since it has us focusing on the beautiful and yet almost menacing details of this beautiful bird!



sharp, clear.


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  • LuciG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1206 W: 151 N: 655] (8171)
  • [2006-06-05 16:04]

There isn't anybody as talented as you to create such impressive and unique shots!
How do you get so close, and the photo still conservs all its quality?
I am trully fascinated!

Gorgeous portrait of an eagle here Mike. Very well done. I should practice. I have the exact camera minus the Hoya. I should try this closeup shot myself.


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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 150 W: 46 N: 144] (1210)
  • [2006-06-29 15:57]

Mike this is outstanding :)
Excellent close-up shot, something that is really hard to capture :)
That too each detail is excellently noticeable
Great job well done :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

Perfect capture. I like this photo. Good view. PErfect details and sharpness. Well done.


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  • iGirl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 106 W: 29 N: 112] (610)
  • [2006-08-23 0:23]

Hi Mike, this is a beautiful close-up, great composition and DOF. The details in the eye and feathers are just amazing!

Thanks for sharing!


  • bones Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 5 N: 72] (1081)
  • [2006-09-04 9:45]
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You will most probably not read this one.

But gee.....man that gave me goose bumbs. This is how I want to see my pictures in the near future.

New at it all, but from what I have learned I will get where I want to be. All in due time.

Will be following your pic very closely

dEar Mike,

POOOOOF,Very Very nice shot,what a great eye,


Beautifully crisp eye!! He has the look of a law professor :)) I have tried a similar shot with a pelican - but it fizzled, their eye color is nothing like the Bald Eagle's.

An awesome pic! TFS

Hello Mike.

Excellent macro, very good details and colors.

Regards.Jose Luis.

Hi Mike,

WOW! Superb macro shot! Great sharpness and details! TFS


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