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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 4 March 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Taken with a P&S along the shoreline of the Straight of Juan de Fuca.

Humility is what gives us the vision to look upon our world with fresh eyes. Humility enables us to respect others enough to put down our spurious images of ourselves and open our arms, as individuals and as a nation.

- Joan Chittister

Panasonic DMC-FZ50 1/400 second F/6.3 ISO 200 89 mm

rem_la from Villiers, France

magnifique bestiole !

4 Mar 2009 5:17am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Absolutely beautiful and fantastic - wonderful image - this eagle looks so proud and majestic - a great capture!

4 Mar 2009 5:23am

Didier from somewhere, France

Beautiful capture

4 Mar 2009 5:33am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Perfect capture here. Don't think I care for the border with this image, however.

4 Mar 2009 5:42am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Beautiful capture :) What a fine eagle.

4 Mar 2009 5:43am

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Nice shot - he's a bit puffed up here!

4 Mar 2009 5:51am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That's a beauty. Love the detail in the feathers.

4 Mar 2009 6:16am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

fabulous shot I like the border it brings out the white in the eagle

4 Mar 2009 6:17am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Wow, he is so beautiful - such a magnificent bird. I was walking along the beach one time and one flew overhead. The wingspan was amazing.

4 Mar 2009 6:23am

always from Santa Clara, United States

Fabulous capture of a magnificent bird. The eagle's eye and head are tack sharp and the low angle makes him look even stronger. Love it!

4 Mar 2009 6:55am

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

An very impressive bird, a marvelous photo!!

4 Mar 2009 7:10am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent capture and 5 stars

4 Mar 2009 7:30am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Really nice portrait ! Respect for Sir Eagle !

4 Mar 2009 7:35am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

OMG this is stunning!! What a great crisp and clear..BRAVO!!! 5stars:-)

4 Mar 2009 7:37am

Darin from Seattle, United States

Wow! great capture.

4 Mar 2009 8:03am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Woww.. crystal clear image!

4 Mar 2009 8:28am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is fantastic ......... it may be a P & S, but one would never know it from it's clarity!
NWF would love it!

4 Mar 2009 8:45am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

magnificient animal ! great colours and fine details

4 Mar 2009 9:20am

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

Absolutely beautiful capture! I am amazed!

4 Mar 2009 9:41am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

this raptor is full of majesty. The sharpness and contrast are irresistible. This is a photo for National Geographic.What a fortunately, John, on your way to meet such a beautiful animal.

4 Mar 2009 11:54am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Beautiful specimen !

4 Mar 2009 12:40pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

He looks so majestuous and so beautiful on the vivid blue of the sky !

4 Mar 2009 12:56pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Jack, this is an incredible image! The details of the feathers and this colour is just amazing! He's got that "don't mess with me" look, that they all seem to have.

4 Mar 2009 1:31pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Incredibly sharp and superb blue background, bravo!

4 Mar 2009 1:52pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Very majestic bird. Love this shot

4 Mar 2009 1:58pm

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Stunning. I'm still trying to get this shot.

4 Mar 2009 2:36pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Aren't they just majestic and beautiful? Great shot. Great presentaion. Like the border. Well done.

4 Mar 2009 2:40pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Oh, he is lovely ... so beautiful to see them in the wild! The colors and lighting are great, maybe a touch too much denoise on the feathers?

4 Mar 2009 2:43pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Perfect lighting. And the quote goes so well with shot.

4 Mar 2009 3:09pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

This is an excellent image! Love the angle of view--looking up at the eagle makes it more magestic. Great blue background. Also like the border used--works really well with this image. I think I will just hang up my SLR and use a P&S!!

4 Mar 2009 3:10pm

Don from spokane, United States

A wonderful close in view of this noble bird. A fine picture.

4 Mar 2009 3:58pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

I so love Eagles, and as an Englishman, I can't tell you how utterly fantastic it feels to see Bald eagles close by whenever I visit my family in Western BC. I've yet to capture a half decent shot of one, but that's no matter when I see a photograph as fantastic as yours, Jack.

Utterly superb

4 Mar 2009 4:09pm

@EYES WIDE SHUT: Thanks, Paul. There were two nesting spots close to where we lived in Sequim.

jim from sebastopol, United States

amazing shot, my friend. it fully captures the attributes of "eagleness" jim

4 Mar 2009 4:41pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

Very nice eagle portrait, Jack
This shot is wonderful

4 Mar 2009 5:18pm

Sarah Schneider Photography from Lancaster, United States

This is amazing, Jack..and the blue sky makes it perfect! =)

4 Mar 2009 5:42pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Tu nous gates... magnifique

4 Mar 2009 5:48pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a magnificent shot. What gorgeous birds.

4 Mar 2009 5:54pm

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Really a great shot ! Very nice!

4 Mar 2009 6:27pm

k@ from Paris, France

Gypaête, we call this eagle if I'm correct ? A king of the sky ! So majestuously captured ~

4 Mar 2009 6:28pm

@k@: Thank you, k; it is an incredibly majestic bird.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Great regal shot of this magnificent bird. Is the sky a true color? or is it altered?

4 Mar 2009 6:40pm

@LauraS: It's been a few years since I took it, Laura, but I think that is accurate color; we certainly had lots of days with that color of blue. The only thing that I can recall about post-processing the sky is getting rid of some noise; it was quite a blow-up (which makes the sharpness of the P&S even more amazing; can't believe that I gave it to my son).

Manel from Girona, Spain

Incredible detail and clarity in this espectacular bird portrait.

4 Mar 2009 6:59pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Now you're just showing off! ;) Excellent!

4 Mar 2009 7:14pm

dan from Paris, France

It is a magnificent specimen of the nature. Beautiful image.

4 Mar 2009 8:31pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

a proud beastie

4 Mar 2009 8:45pm

@Daniel: You bet!

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful specimen, P&S or otherwise!!! Great Catch!!!

4 Mar 2009 9:08pm

@Susan: You wouldn't believe the number of eagle shots I have dumped in the trash!!

willow from Chelsea, United States

Stunning detail! How on earth did you get so close?!

4 Mar 2009 9:18pm

@willow: I wasn't that close; maybe 20 yds. away. I did one humongous crop. Couldn't believe how sharp it still was after the crop; amazing P&S.

Cricket-Tammy from United States

Oh...this is stunning.

4 Mar 2009 9:46pm

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

That is incredibly beautiful, Jack!

4 Mar 2009 10:05pm

@Eric Fry: Thanks, Eric.

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

magnificent bird, well captured. the processing gives it a painterly feel.

4 Mar 2009 11:01pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

That's a fantastic close-up of this majestic bird, well done.

4 Mar 2009 11:59pm

Ninni from Brazil

He´s really impressive! What a capture!

5 Mar 2009 12:14am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

its all been said, Magnificent 5 stars

5 Mar 2009 1:22am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Really impressive bird. Beautiful separation on the blue sky and nice frame.

5 Mar 2009 2:07am

Denise from Perry, United States

What a great shot, almost too perfect. These birds are so majestic, rarely seen our way , however are becoming a bit more populated with re-introduction about 20-25 years ago.

5 Mar 2009 2:35am

Stephanie from Toronto, Canada


5 Mar 2009 3:14am

Barry from Kingwood, United States

Yes indeed...Incredibly beautiful!

5 Mar 2009 3:40am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Wonderful, Jack!!! Truly amazing the clarity of your crop. I'm hoping to get that close to one sometime soon with the cannon LOL!!

5 Mar 2009 4:05am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Fabulous! Fabulous! How fortunate you were to capture this magnificent creature.
Remarkable capture and great detail.

5 Mar 2009 5:18am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Impressive image!

5 Mar 2009 7:44am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Fantastic capture,lucky you to be able to see this guy in the wild !!

5 Mar 2009 10:24am

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Magnificent portrait... and colors... impressive glance...

5 Mar 2009 1:21pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


5 Mar 2009 1:49pm

Anthony Thomason from Phoenix, United States

Outstanding Photograph!

5 Mar 2009 5:06pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Awesome Stunning colors and detail!!

6 Mar 2009 2:50am

marcel lemieux/star_cosmos_bleu from Bedford.Quebec, Canada

Magnifique..the king of excellent capture..awesome details...i do like the quotes that go with this shot...beautiful

7 Mar 2009 1:58am

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

he allowed you to get that close! I'm astounded. What detail

7 Mar 2009 4:48pm

@Diane Schuller: He actually wasn't that close. It was a humongous blow-up! What amazes me to this day is how sharp it ended up.

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

I am so late commenting on this fabulous photo, but I had to pop in and tell you how much I love this shot. Yes, 5 stars are in order. I can't tell you how many attempts I made to capture such a beautiful picture as this while cruising the San Juans with Dad & June a year and a half ago. I have several, but none with such sharp, vivid detail and color as this award-winning photo. Absolutely magnificent, Jack. I may just have to take a P&S on the next trip.

8 Mar 2009 9:07pm

@Lesley: Thanks, Les; the lenses on many P&Ss are excellent, and they often have outstanding telephoto range.