American Bald Eagle

© Harry E. Pherson

American Bald Eagle

Uploaded: March 16, 2008


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


R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic March 16, 2008

Absolutely beautiful! #878976

March 16, 2008

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

Teresa Pritchett March 16, 2008

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 March 16, 2008

Beautiful!!Great shot,Harry!! #5650462

Harry E. Pherson March 16, 2008

Thank you all for the great comments #5650466

Ellen L. Zaslaw March 16, 2008

Terrific ! #5650620

Barbara Waldoch March 16, 2008

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

Harry E. Pherson March 16, 2008

Thanks Ellen and Barbara for your kind words. #5650699

Sherran Andersen level-classic March 16, 2008

Beautiful details in this photo! Sherran #5650811

Christie R. Bielss March 16, 2008

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

Sheila D. Robertson March 16, 2008

Unusual and great capture. #5651014

March 16, 2008

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

Harry E. Pherson March 16, 2008

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

Joan Powell March 16, 2008

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

Harry E. Pherson March 17, 2008

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

Avril Young April 11, 2008

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

Lynne Morris April 11, 2008

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

Toni Riggs April 11, 2008

Wow! Wonderful image! #5773412

Susie Peek-Swint April 11, 2008

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

Michael S. Lazarus April 11, 2008

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

Holly J. Jackson April 11, 2008

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

Michelle Alton April 11, 2008

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

Kathleen Rinker April 11, 2008

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

Denise Denomy April 11, 2008


Melinda F. Schneider level-classic April 11, 2008

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

Diane Dupuis April 11, 2008

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

Josselyne Klecanda April 11, 2008

Amazing!Great capture,well done. #5773826

Carolyn M. DAlessandro April 11, 2008

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 April 11, 2008

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 April 11, 2008

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 April 11, 2008

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 April 11, 2008

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 April 11, 2008

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-classic April 11, 2008

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

Susan M. Smith April 11, 2008

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 April 11, 2008

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 April 11, 2008

Outstanding POTD!! #5774212

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic April 11, 2008

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

Jim Britt April 11, 2008

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

Naintara Jain April 11, 2008

The crop belies the baldness, lovely capture. #5774447

Michelle L. Frick April 11, 2008

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 April 11, 2008

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

Naintara Jain April 11, 2008

The crop belies the baldness, lovely capture. #5774532

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict April 11, 2008

Congratulations on tour POTD for this awesome image! #5774535

Colleen Farrell April 11, 2008

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

Donna R. Wageman April 11, 2008

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

Joy Rector April 11, 2008

congrats on the POTD #5774737

Cheryl Meisel April 11, 2008

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

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton April 11, 2008

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

Mike Slaughter April 11, 2008

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 April 11, 2008

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

Siete Meeter April 11, 2008

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

Harry E. Pherson April 11, 2008

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 April 11, 2008

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

Great capture!


Amy Weiland April 11, 2008

Simply Stunning! #5776156

RC Fritz April 11, 2008

Awesome!! Congratulations! #5776175

April 11, 2008

Congratulations!Amazing image!Beautiful photo! #5776310

Sandy Hawkins April 11, 2008

Congrats on this VERY beautiful and deserving POTD!

Sandy :-) #5776413

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe April 11, 2008

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

April 11, 2008

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

Renee Doyle April 11, 2008

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

Kathleen R. Struckle April 12, 2008

Awesome image. Congrats on your POTD!! #5778871

Chris Ebben April 21, 2008

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

Renee Doyle April 21, 2008

Congratulations Harry on this wonderful finalist!! #5820228

Donna R. Wageman April 21, 2008

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


Cindy Bendush level-classic April 21, 2008

Superb Harry! Congratulations on your finalist! #5821050

Sheila D. Robertson April 21, 2008

Congratulations on your finalist. #5821084

Eivor Kuchta April 21, 2008

Congratulations on your finalist, Harry! #5821756

Harry E. Pherson April 21, 2008

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 April 22, 2008

Harry - Congratulations on your finalist! - Mike #5826279

Holly J. Jackson April 22, 2008

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

Manos Peponas April 23, 2008

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

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict April 23, 2008

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

Debby #5833009

Colette M. Metcalf April 24, 2008

Congratulations!!! #5833474

anonymous April 24, 2008

Congratulations Harry on your awesome win! B- #5834248

Nadine A. Lewis April 24, 2008

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

Renee Doyle April 24, 2008

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

Elida Gutierrez April 24, 2008

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

Donna R. Wageman April 24, 2008

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

Robyn Nielsen April 24, 2008

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

A P April 24, 2008

CONGRATUALTIONS on this well deserved win. #5835168

Susan M. Smith April 24, 2008

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

April 24, 2008

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 April 24, 2008

Many congratulations on this first! #5835678

Susan Heath April 24, 2008

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

Dawn M. Schneider April 24, 2008

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

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic April 24, 2008

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

JO ANN CLEVELAND April 24, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS on this fabulous win!

jo ann c. #5836663

Laurie Daily level-deluxe April 24, 2008

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

Claudia Kuhn level-classic April 24, 2008

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

RC Fritz April 24, 2008

Congrats on your First Place!!! #5837717

Sam Britt April 24, 2008

Awesome winner, Harry! #5837751

Jim Stringer April 24, 2008

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

Michael Umbreit April 24, 2008

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

Donna La Mattino Pagakis April 24, 2008

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

Sharon Sawyer April 24, 2008

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

Harry E. Pherson April 24, 2008

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 April 25, 2008

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

Vicki L. Filippin April 26, 2008

Super congrats on getting the gold, Harry. #5843583

Ujjwal Mukherjee April 26, 2008

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

April 27, 2008

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

April 27, 2008

Your photo is very beautiful ! #5850626

April 27, 2008

Nice Eagle
The Eagle looks like living. #5850691

April 27, 2008

very cool! #5850697

April 28, 2008

totally awesome shot...congratulations! #5855174

Wanda Knoss May 01, 2008

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

Christine Zipps May 04, 2008

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

Congrats on your well-deserved win!


Cris #5883292

Mitzie Loland May 06, 2008

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

David Stegmeir May 08, 2008


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 May 14, 2008

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

Vinnie Sandre Jr May 19, 2008

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

Sharon Sawyer May 19, 2008

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

Sarah Baker May 26, 2008

exellent! congrats #5978739

January 14, 2009

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

Chris Ebben January 14, 2009

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 July 09, 2016

Thanks BP, i'M honored #11494021

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