Eagle at sunrise


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20 Responses to Eagle at sunrise

  1. Larry says:

    It seems I have to answer this photo – yes ok I’ll do my chores today. Excellent photo!

  2. Ron says:

    Almost hypnotic!

  3. pamella says:

    Oh the fearful symmetry. Oh the barbs and barbules. Is this allowed? That exquisite detail into our little pedestrian eyes.

  4. Kelly says:

    Whoa…amazing symmetry and intensity. I can’t take my eyes off it.

  5. Bibbi Dozzi says:

    Timing, timing, timing……………….patience, patience,…..amazing photo. Do you give lessons?
    How I would love to be able to take just ONE of your wonderful pictures.
    Thank you

    • Alistair says:

      Bibbi, about timing and patience: I spent a half hour in rather close company with this insouciant eagle during which time the light quality and intensity changed dramatically. I took about 400 pictures in the hope of getting just one image that appealed to me. I then posted the one I liked. About lessons: I assume your question is rhetorical—thank you.

    • Derek says:

      The best lessons are examining the work of masters. It is simply a matter of taking lots of shots, examining what works in certain situations, investing in hardware that does the subject justice. Then throw away all the shots that don’t measure up. Eventually the skills develop and opportunities like this one arise.

      I speak of my own experience.

  6. Leone says:

    Hypnotic indeed! What a fabulous picture – I’m speechless!

  7. Dale Mogielka says:

    WOW! This kind of photograph only comes once or twice in one’s life. Congratulations. Eagles often look not so spectacular in photographs. Not this one…his portrait reafirms our fascination with this species. Thank you.

  8. Rita says:

    Stunning!!! How can I turn this photo into my background image on my computer as I do the APOD photo? Is this possible? I would love to stare at this image …

  9. Lorna says:

    I add my compliments to the many Alistair. I notice with the eagle one pupil is dilated more than the other…I wonder… do our eyes dilate independantly? I’ve never noticed it, something to investigate.

    • Alistair says:

      Lorna, I had noticed the difference in pupil dilation and also wondered. Pictures taken with flat lighting (before the Sun got up) show even pupils. In the uneven lighting after sunrise, the pupils have dilated differently. It, sort of, makes sense that the eye on the shaded side would be more dilated than that on the sunny side. Yet, as the eagle was constantly turning its head as it looked around, the adjustment must take place quickly. Apparently in humans the dilation is synchronized in the brain so the eyes will normally appear identical. Some people have a condition called, anisocoria, where the dilation is different (take a look at pictures of the musician, David Bowie).

  10. Dianne C. says:

    Outdid yourself on this one, Alistair. wow.

    I notice the pupil on the sunny side is smaller than the one in the shadow. That is how expository this photo is, that you can see that much detail.

  11. Lois says:

    Alistair, I am so thankful I am on your email list. I get geat joy from your photos and description. The eagle was outstanding and I shall forward it to my adult children.


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  13. Kathy Brown says:

    Stunning photo–thank you for these wonderful images!

  14. Nigel Hall (Peterson Birds app) says:

    I found this photo via Dianne Cooper’s Twitter feed (@DianneBirdgCoo) and couldn’t resist adding a link on the Peterson Guides Facebook page. Such an enchanting image. Thanks for posting it Alistair.

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