American Bald Eagle

© Harry E. Pherson

American Bald Eagle

R. J. Laudenbacher level-deluxe 3/16/2008 3:00:25 PM

Absolutely beautiful! #878976

Jake 3/16/2008 3:12:36 PM

Beautiful. Love the way it fills the frame. Great clarity and capture. #5650441

Teresa Pritchett 3/16/2008 3:15:45 PM

I love this shot.. I have always wanted to to take the trip to Homer.. what an amazing trip that must have been. Congratulations on a great shot! #5650446

Orsi 3/16/2008 3:23:25 PM

Beautiful!!Great shot,Harry!! #5650462

Harry E. Pherson 3/16/2008 3:26:57 PM

Thank you all for the great comments #5650466

Ellen L. Zaslaw 3/16/2008 4:22:07 PM

Terrific ! #5650620

Barbara Waldoch level-deluxe 3/16/2008 4:22:25 PM

How gorgeous, Harry!
He is not bold, lots of 'hair'! :-) #5650621

Harry E. Pherson 3/16/2008 4:49:40 PM

Thanks Ellen and Barbara for your kind words. #5650699

Sherran Andersen level-deluxe 3/16/2008 5:21:24 PM

Beautiful details in this photo! Sherran #5650811

Christie R. Bielss 3/16/2008 5:22:46 PM

Beautiful photo! His 'hair' reminds me of mine first thing in the morning! Great job! #5650817

Sheila D. Robertson 3/16/2008 6:22:41 PM

Unusual and great capture. #5651014

Jo Anne Shinn 3/16/2008 6:59:18 PM

This is AWESOME, Harry! Great job! =) #5651165

Harry E. Pherson 3/16/2008 7:05:10 PM

Thanks Sherran, Christie, Sheila and Jo Anne for your kind words... #5651194

Joan Powell 3/16/2008 7:07:50 PM

Amazing capture !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #5651207

Harry E. Pherson 3/17/2008 12:23:22 PM

Thanks Joan for you kind words...Harry #5653820

Avril Young 4/11/2008 12:26:00 AM

wow I want to take photos like this, outstanding, detailed........really STUNNING! #5773364

Lynne Morris 4/11/2008 12:31:56 AM

Wow from me too Harry, this is an awesome image and worthy of the POTD award, huge Congratulations. #5773385

Toni Riggs 4/11/2008 12:42:06 AM

Wow! Wonderful image! #5773412

Susie Peek-Swint 4/11/2008 12:46:26 AM

Many congrats on POTD Harry ~ fantastic capture .. he reminds me of an old judge with those fierce knowing eyes :) #5773417

Michael S. Lazarus 4/11/2008 1:19:27 AM

Terrific photograph Harry! Congratulations on the POTD. Wonderful composition and love those eyes. #5773484

Holly J. Jackson 4/11/2008 1:23:50 AM

Congrats on your POTD!!! This is AWESOME!!! ;) #5773492

Michelle Alton 4/11/2008 2:45:48 AM

Unbelievably beautiful capture of this eagle, straight from the salon! Ultra-deserving POTD, Harry!
Michelle #5773611

Kathleen Rinker 4/11/2008 2:48:49 AM

Fantastic image, looks like he stuck his beak in a light socket (lol)!!! #5773621

Denise Denomy 4/11/2008 3:09:28 AM


Melinda F. Schneider level-deluxe 4/11/2008 3:13:11 AM

Magnificent photo, Harry.
Congratulations on your POTD!
Feels good doesn't it? #5773671

Diane Dupuis 4/11/2008 3:32:04 AM

great capture of one of my favorite subjects!!! #5773714

Josselyne Klecanda 4/11/2008 4:09:02 AM

Amazing!Great capture,well done. #5773826

Carolyn M. DAlessandro 4/11/2008 4:12:08 AM

Congratulations Harry, Thanks for the information about the Eagles..this one is OUTSTANDING!! Must have been a amazing sight to see. Bravo,well done! #5773831

Thomas E. Dillon 4/11/2008 4:18:25 AM

Harry, you did a great job with this one. Truly outstanding. What makes them flare their feathers like this? Oh - and congratulations for the POD! #5773861

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe 4/11/2008 4:36:19 AM

Harry...the best Bald Eagle shot I've seen in ages & & yes I have to make it to Homer...heard much about it....A real winner...all the best in the next round! Patricia #5773917

Shirley A. Kinney level-deluxe 4/11/2008 4:37:48 AM

Harry, what an amazing image. How beautiful these birds are and you have captured this one perfectly, even though he appears to be having a bad hair day. Congratulations on your POTD. Well deserved. Priceless capture! #5773921

Steven W. Lepak level-deluxe 4/11/2008 4:50:42 AM

Bravo Harry! Congrats on your POTD. This image is spectacular - love the shallow dof and eye contact. Keep up the great work. Best Regards, Steven #5773952

Eivor Kuchta level-deluxe 4/11/2008 5:06:58 AM

Congratulations on your POTD! So interesting to read some information around the event and the location, thanks for sharing that! This award took me to your wonderful gallery. Amazing! #5774015

Shelly A. Van Camp level-deluxe 4/11/2008 5:08:48 AM

Amazing capture and picture of our American Bald Eagle!!! Great job and congrats on POTD! #5774020

Susan M. Smith level-deluxe 4/11/2008 5:18:41 AM

Harry, fantastic capture of this interesting pose! Thank you for sharing the info on that area. I'll have to put it on my "list" for sure! Congratulations on a well deserved POTD! #5774057

Kathy L. Clark level-deluxe 4/11/2008 5:23:12 AM

Harry congratulations on your magnificent POTD. Bald Eagles are majestic creatures.

I am from Anchorage, but live in Alabama now, I spent most of my vacations growing up on the Homer Spit so I'm just a bit jealous of your trip. I hope to make one myself this summer and Homer will be high on my lists of places to revisit. It is where I hope to retire one day.

Again congrats and God bless. #5774070

Terri L. Scribner 4/11/2008 5:56:32 AM

Outstanding POTD!! #5774212

Lisa J. Boulden level-deluxe 4/11/2008 6:00:09 AM

What a great image! Love his "hair-do"!
Congrats on your potd!
~Lisa #5774222

Jim Britt 4/11/2008 6:04:41 AM

haha nice Hair-Do funny...great shot. Congrats on your POTD! #5774235

Naintara Jain 4/11/2008 6:53:29 AM

The crop belies the baldness, lovely capture. #5774447

Michelle L. Frick 4/11/2008 7:10:33 AM

He's having a heck of a hair day in that shot! Outstanding POTD Harry! This made me smile big time! #5774499

Casey A. Hanson 4/11/2008 7:21:35 AM

Truly outstanding work, Harry. Congrats! :0) #5774530

Naintara Jain 4/11/2008 7:21:51 AM

The crop belies the baldness, lovely capture. #5774532

Deborah C. Lewinson level-deluxe 4/11/2008 7:25:02 AM

Congratulations on tour POTD for this awesome image! #5774535

Colleen Farrell level-deluxe 4/11/2008 8:01:02 AM

Wow, amazing capture! Congratulations on your POTD! #5774630

Donna R. Wageman 4/11/2008 8:20:59 AM

What a beauty! The "hair-do" makes him just striking along with clarity. #5774701

Joy Rector 4/11/2008 8:34:40 AM

congrats on the POTD #5774737

Cheryl Meisel 4/11/2008 9:50:01 AM

Beautiful shot of this majestic bird.
BIG CONGRATS on your wins with it!
Cherylm #5774982

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 4/11/2008 10:26:11 AM

Gorgeous animal portrait! Which glass did u use? Big congrats for the POPD!! #5775088

Mike Slaughter 4/11/2008 10:33:19 AM

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this shot was "Stunning!" I'm not sure I've seen and eagle from this view point with such emotion. Great shot! Enjoyed your gallery just as much.

Mike #5775103

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe 4/11/2008 1:15:32 PM

Outstanding potd Harry!! Great details and pov, very inspirational! #5775611

Siete Meeter 4/11/2008 2:29:55 PM

Congrats on your POTD!!! This is AWESOME!!! #5775853

Harry E. Pherson 4/11/2008 2:58:17 PM

I want to thank everyone (so many to name) for all the kind words and praise.
Some have asked about the feathers and how they do that as well as the type of equipment I used.
First off the birds don't ruffle their feathers like that. They do fluff a little but not to that degree.
So here is how I did it and the equipment I used. I had to find a bird that was sitting and to make sure there was some wind blowing. Being near the water there was an adequate breeze and all I had to do was position myself in a way where the wind was blowing from behind the bird and to make sure he would look at me.
I got close enough (about 25 ft.)to get a full frame image in my Canon 5D and was using my newly aquired Canon 500mm 4.0L IS lense.
Now all I had to do was wait. Forty-five minutes later I finally got the right image when the eagle looked in my direction and the wind was blowing just right.
The rest is history. Thanks again for all of the kind words everyone has made...Harry #5775979

Bunny Snow level-deluxe 4/11/2008 3:46:02 PM

Great directional lighting. The right image was definitely worthy of the wait!

Great capture!


Amy Weiland 4/11/2008 3:47:53 PM

Simply Stunning! #5776156

RC Fritz 4/11/2008 3:55:06 PM

Awesome!! Congratulations! #5776175

Margaret Anna Durkin 4/11/2008 4:29:44 PM

Congratulations!Amazing image!Beautiful photo! #5776310

Sandy Hawkins 4/11/2008 4:56:14 PM

Congrats on this VERY beautiful and deserving POTD!

Sandy :-) #5776413

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe 4/11/2008 6:14:35 PM

What an Outstanding portrait Harry - Congrats on your Well Deserved POTD!! #5776774

Suzanne R level-deluxe 4/11/2008 9:48:43 PM

...a true, "Don't mess with me", shot!
So wonderful!! #5777443

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 4/11/2008 11:42:58 PM

Incredible close up Harry!!!! Congratulations on this wonderful POTD!! #5777614

Kathleen R. Struckle 4/12/2008 10:26:09 AM

Awesome image. Congrats on your POTD!! #5778871

Chris Ebben 4/21/2008 5:02:29 PM

Your 45 minute wait certainly paid off, well done & a big congratulations on this wonderful finalist=^..^= #5819454

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 4/21/2008 5:56:28 PM

Congratulations Harry on this wonderful finalist!! #5820228

Donna R. Wageman 4/21/2008 6:05:42 PM

I knew it ----------- perfecto ---


Cindy Bendush level-deluxe 4/21/2008 7:10:00 PM

Superb Harry! Congratulations on your finalist! #5821050

Sheila D. Robertson 4/21/2008 7:13:21 PM

Congratulations on your finalist. #5821084

Eivor Kuchta 4/21/2008 8:44:42 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Harry! #5821756

Harry E. Pherson 4/21/2008 9:04:20 PM

I want to thank everyone for all the kind words and the vote of confidence. Thanks to the judges for selecting the image for the POTD and as a finalist in the monthly photo contest...Thanks again to all...Harry #5821855

Michael Umbreit 4/22/2008 3:16:50 PM

Harry - Congratulations on your finalist! - Mike #5826279

Holly J. Jackson 4/22/2008 3:50:38 PM

Good luck in the WINNER'S CIRCLE!!! ;)
Congrats!! #5826409

Manos Peponas 4/23/2008 10:18:05 PM

Congratulations to you too my friend, it's really an excellent animal shot!!! #5832937

Deborah C. Lewinson level-deluxe 4/23/2008 10:38:42 PM

Congratulations on your first place win for this compelling capture, Harry!

Debby #5833009

Colette M. Metcalf level-deluxe 4/24/2008 2:30:38 AM

Congratulations!!! #5833474

anonymous 4/24/2008 5:18:32 AM

Congratulations Harry on your awesome win! B- #5834248

Nadine A. Lewis level-deluxe 4/24/2008 5:37:18 AM

LOL!!!!! This is soooooo AWESOME!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!! CONGRATULATONS, Harry!!!! <>< #5834341

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 4/24/2008 5:52:04 AM

WTG Harry!!! Big congratulations on this wonderful win!!! #5834411

Elida Gutierrez 4/24/2008 6:13:50 AM

Crystal Rosse Trophy
A Special Trophy for
"The March Winners" #5834521

Donna R. Wageman 4/24/2008 6:19:15 AM

A Spectacular, once in a lifetime hair-do. #5834577

Robyn Nielsen 4/24/2008 6:50:51 AM

Congratulations Harry for your win with this absolutely stunning image!
Robyn #5834824

A P 4/24/2008 7:59:16 AM

CONGRATUALTIONS on this well deserved win. #5835168

Susan M. Smith 4/24/2008 8:17:56 AM

A very worthy First Place choice here Harry! Congratulations again, on the honors! #5835261

Sabah Enam 4/24/2008 9:54:50 AM

fabulous job done! its a great picture. looks so real,as if the beak is out of the picture. n those eyes, like they r really staring at u! #5835657

Sheila D. Robertson 4/24/2008 9:58:57 AM

Many congratulations on this first! #5835678

Susan Heath 4/24/2008 11:11:20 AM

What an incredible shot - I love this! Fabulous sharp detail! Congratulation of this magnificient winner! #5836023

Dawn M. Schneider 4/24/2008 12:29:40 PM

congrats on the win, this is well deserving, the capture is unbelievable!! #5836482

Mary Beth Aiello level-deluxe 4/24/2008 12:37:40 PM

This brings new meaning to detail. Congratulations on your well deserved win, Harry. Well done. #5836537

JO ANN CLEVELAND 4/24/2008 1:02:42 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this fabulous win!

jo ann c. #5836663

Laurie Daily level-deluxe 4/24/2008 1:58:29 PM

Congratulations, Harry! Such a fabulous first place winner!!! #5836961

Claudia Kuhn level-deluxe 4/24/2008 4:27:30 PM

Beautiful close up Harry, congrats on your first place win! #5837558

RC Fritz level-deluxe 4/24/2008 5:12:25 PM

Congrats on your First Place!!! #5837717

Sam Britt level-deluxe 4/24/2008 5:22:06 PM

Awesome winner, Harry! #5837751

Jim Stringer level-deluxe 4/24/2008 5:42:26 PM

Outstanding!!! Congrats on a well deserved win! #5837829

Michael Umbreit level-deluxe 4/24/2008 7:14:35 PM

Harry - Congratulations on your well deserved win! - Mike #5838182

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe 4/24/2008 7:17:14 PM

Congratulations Harry, this is truly amazing!!! What a beautiful eagle!!! #5838195

Sharon Sawyer 4/24/2008 7:20:22 PM

Congrats on your win, Harry. Stunning ... and well deserved. #5838215

Harry E. Pherson 4/24/2008 7:46:39 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind words of praise. It's truly an honor to have been selected and thanks to for providing such a great enviroment for learning....Harry #5838329

Patrick Rouzes level-deluxe 4/25/2008 7:00:19 PM

A big CONGRATULATIONS on your gold medal,Harry!!! #5842525

Vicki L. Filippin 4/26/2008 5:08:46 AM

Super congrats on getting the gold, Harry. #5843583

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-deluxe 4/26/2008 11:14:37 PM

Terrific shot,Harry! Well deserved Winner!! Huge congratulations!! #5846406

Tomoya Male Kosuge 4/27/2008 9:53:28 PM

Herry E.Pherson.
It's a nice photo.Because I like a bird.The bird is very cute. #5850616

Kazuki Yuuki 4/27/2008 9:56:36 PM

Your photo is very beautiful ! #5850626

Yasuhiro Toi 4/27/2008 10:20:39 PM

Nice Eagle
The Eagle looks like living. #5850691

Taro Suzuki 4/27/2008 10:22:40 PM

very cool! #5850697

Kathy Koch 4/28/2008 5:58:06 PM

totally awesome shot...congratulations! #5855174

Wanda Knoss 5/1/2008 5:48:29 PM

Great Portrait! Congratulations on your win.
Thanks for sharing your story on the capture and the equipment you used. #5869866

Christine Zipps 5/4/2008 3:24:21 PM

Thanks for sharing your special experience in this stunning eagle portrait, Harry.

Congrats on your well-deserved win!


Cris #5883292

Mitzie Loland 5/6/2008 11:10:17 PM

Congratulations on this amazing photo - great work Harry!! #5893405

David Stegmeir 5/8/2008 8:59:56 AM


There isn't much that hasn't been said, so I just want to say Bravo. This is the finest Eagle portrait I have ever seen, truely! I have always wanted to go to Alaska and one day Lord willing I will go. Thank you for such and inspirational image and story.

Best regards,

Dave #5900154

Kenneth Mucke 5/14/2008 7:26:54 PM

One of the very best eagle images I have ever seen...amazing intensity #5923749

Vinnie Sandre Jr 5/19/2008 6:00:46 AM

That's the shot that will make you famous, awesome shot. #5941417

Sharon Sawyer 5/19/2008 2:00:38 PM

YES !!!! FABULOUS FINALIST!!!! Congratulations, Harry. Your creativity and extra work setting this photo up paid off. Well done. #5945245

Sarah Baker 5/26/2008 8:32:10 AM

exellent! congrats #5978739

Alice Fugate 1/14/2009 7:54:56 AM

Wow what a great shot.... Congratulations!!!!! :-) #7029155

Chris Ebben 1/14/2009 12:12:12 PM

As I said before, your 45 minute wait certainly paid off, well done & a big congratulations on this wonderful 1st place winner, good on you=^..^=

Harry E. Pherson 7/9/2016 8:00:51 PM

Thanks BP, i'M honored #11494021

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Photo was taken during my recent trip to Homer, Alaska in March 08 where the eagles abounded before their annual migration. The eagles congregated at Homer while the eagle lady feeds them during the winter months. This is an experience everyone should see at one time in their life.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: -0.33, ExposureTime: 1/1250 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 500, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 500.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D

Uploaded on 3/16/2008 2:53:35 PM All Time Best Photo Contest Winner Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner Photo of the Day

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