Wednesday, February 18, 2009

E is for the bald eagle...

...I encountered this afternoon on a beach walk. He had just landed atop a large rock surrounded by the surf. He wasn't pleased when an otter suddenly surfaced and climbed up onto the rock with a fish in its mouth. Immediately the raptor pounced, but to no avail. The otter escaped with his fish and I caught this somewhat blurred shot of our beautiful national bird having a bad day.


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24 comments:

Olivier said...

belle prise, cet aigle qui va vers sa proie.
nice catch, this eagle who goes towards his prey.

Jill said...

Wow. What a special treat to see and get such a stunning photo.

cieldequimper said...

Oh what a beautiful photo, how luck you are to even see such beauty!
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diXymiss said...

Amazing catch, Raf! How eXciting to see this incredible bird in action at such close proXimity.

Mara said...

What a stunning picture! Imagine being able to see that in your daily life!

Babooshka said...

Excellent capture of the raptor.

Jim said...

Thats an awesome shot!

RuneE said...

Even getting so close to an eagle is no mean feat!

Jilly said...

What a shot and what a privilege you had to see such a bird so close and to capture it so beautiful in this photo. Just amazing.

Digital Polaroids said...

Wow, you caught the eagle just in the perfect moment!

spacedlaw said...

Nice shot! I am so glad that they are coming back. They were nearly extinct.

Small City Scenes said...

Wow!, Raf, that is a beautiful shot. Look at his talons--perfect. I am impressed---you surely were at the right place at the right time.

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Katney said...

Well done. I've not been able to get this close--even with a zoom.

alice said...

Maybe a bad day for the eagle but, yours, after such a shot, is definitely a good one!

JM said...

Wow! Fantastic capture! Well done.

photowannabe said...

I love the way you captured the eagle with his talons outstretched ready to pounce. Terrific.

Dragonstar said...

I can't imagine being able to just walk out and see something like this. Great action shot Raf.

nonizamboni said...

What an amazing shot which proves the adage that timing is everything.
Nice work; thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

Great capture....beautiful eagle...I've only seen one...

Tumblewords: said...

A superb capture! Superb!

gogouci said...

I can't believe your luck. What a great capture.

Hilda said...

Wonderful shot, funny experience! Poor bird.
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Bibi said...

Wowee---good shot, and look at those talons. Not to mess with.

Tash said...

How ever did you capture that - you really had to be ready! Amazing, simply amazing - just seeing a splendid bird like that is unbelievable.