A Canadian photographer who captured a stunning image of a bald eagle gliding above the water feels “overwhelmed” with all the attention it was getting worldwide.
Photographers aim to capture not only the eagle’s physical beauty but also its behaviors, such as soaring through the sky, hunting, and interacting with other eagles or their young. Patience, timing, and a keen eye for detail are essential for capturing breathtaking images of bald eagles in their natural splendor.
The bald eagle, scientifically known as Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is a majestic bird of prey and the national bird and symbol of the United States. It is mainly found in North America, including Canada and Mexico.
Known for its striking appearance, the bald eagle has a white head and tail, contrasting with a dark brown body. Adult bald eagles typically have a wingspan of around 6 to 7.5 feet (1.8 to 2.3 meters) and can weigh between 8 to 14 pounds (3.6 to 6.3 kilograms).
Steve Biro snapped a photo of the bald eagle named Bruce during his recent visit at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy. As it swooped towards him over a pond, Steve snapped away trying to get the perfect shot – and he did.
In the phenomenal photo, the large bird was staring straight ahead, with the ends of both his wings touching the water.
Bald eagles are formidable hunters, primarily feeding on fish but also preying on birds, small mammals, and carrion when necessary. They are known for their impressive aerial displays during courtship, involving cartwheels and high-altitude dives.
His whole body was reflected in the calm waters of the pond below, and the end result is a stunning photograph that will surely be hard to replicate.
“He’s squared up perfectly, both wings are touching the water,” Steve told the BBC. “That [photograph] was the one that struck me as a little more special than the others. But I still didn’t even know how it would resonate with people.”
The photographer then posted it on some Facebook photography groups.
The epic photograph made its way to the front page of Reddit and was eventually picked up by media in different parts of the globe.
As perfect as the shot may be, Steve says that Bruce didn’t seem too happy with him when he set up to take a shot – but the experience was nonetheless exciting.
The best locations for bald eagle photography are often near bodies of water, where these birds frequently hunt for fish. Areas with large concentrations of eagles during specific seasons, like winter or migration periods, present excellent opportunities for capturing action-packed shots or unique behavioral moments.
“He was not very impressed with where I sat down and several times flew right over my head close enough for me to feel the breeze from his wings, it was exhilarating,” he said.
Steve also shared a slow-motion video of the bald eagle swooping towards him. Check it out below.
He wrote: “Hi everyone, here’s a slow motion vid of the Eagle coming across the water at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy yesterday. The Eagle was literally flying inches over my head where I was sitting, it was an amazing experience!”