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Old 05-22-2019, 06:40 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ♥ 🍁 ♥
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Windsor photographer's bald eagle and its reflection goes viral. Steve Biro took this picture May 4th at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Vittoria, Ont. See the link below for the article about it and how Steve's wishes for an outstanding 'reflection photo' came about, and another picture.


Windsor photographer's bald eagle and its reflection goes viral


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Old 05-22-2019, 06:56 PM
 
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Wow, that's really a gorgeous, once in a lifetime shot. Thanks for sharing it.
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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Beautiful. And virtually symmetrical.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Incredible photo! Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:38 PM
 
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it's hard to believe he didn't use the transform function in photoshop to do this. It sure looks like the transform or circular filter were used. I just checked and did the same thing to a pic of my car in Adobe CS. Not saying he did, though.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:46 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I bet he did use photo shop. Eagles I seen in pics & real life hit the water Feet Down to catch their next meal. I also seen them flap wings backwards to slow down over water.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:33 AM
 
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I'm not sure what kind of photo shop techniques you're talking about but I don't think it's photo shopped. We have literally thousands upon thousands of bald eagles here on the west coast and we see them flying straight and low over water like this all the time and they look exactly the way the eagle in that picture looks, wings slightly curved so the wing tips are dipping in the water with each slow wing flap and perfectly reflected in the water so it always looks like two birds coming right at you and like they're going to collide with each other.

That eagle isn't hunting by the way, it's a common threat posturing flight the bird is taking to come directly straight in at the photographer as low as possible over the photographer's head without actually hitting him. It's checking him out and trying to frighten him away. A lot of tourists who come here to see the eagles think the birds are showing off for them when they do that to them, the tourists don't realize that the birds are actually threatening them to "get lost!" It's what they do first when any intruder they feel distrustful of comes into their territory and they want to frighten and get rid of the intruder if they can without actually attacking and making contact. The photographer did mention the eagle was clearly very unhappy with him and the position he'd taken up lying flat on the ground near the water with his camera. He's lucky it didn't slap him in the head with a wing as it went over his head. I've seen them do that to people and dogs. Can do serious damage.

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Old 05-23-2019, 05:44 AM
 
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I'm not sure what kind of photo shop techniques you're talking about but I don't think it's photo shopped. We have literally thousands upon thousands of bald eagles here on the west coast and we see them flying straight and low over water like this all the time and they look exactly the way the eagle in that picture looks, wings slightly curved so the wing tips are dipping in the water with each slow wing flap and perfectly reflected in the water so it always looks like two birds coming right at you and like they're going to collide with each other.

That eagle isn't hunting by the way, it's a common threat posturing flight the bird is taking to come directly straight in at the photographer as low as possible over the photographer's head without actually hitting him. It's checking him out and trying to frighten him away. A lot of tourists who come here to see the eagles think the birds are showing off for them when they do that to them, the tourists don't realize that the birds are actually threatening them to "get lost!" It's what they do first when any intruder they feel distrustful of comes into their territory and they want to frighten and get rid of the intruder if they can without actually attacking and making contact. The photographer did mention the eagle was clearly very unhappy with him and the position he'd taken up lying flat on the ground near the water with his camera. He's lucky it didn't slap him in the head with a wing as it went over his head. I've seen them do that to people and dogs. Can do serious damage.

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I agree. This is how an eagle comes right at you if you are near their nest.

It is a fantastic picture with the wings skimming the water.
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:28 AM
 
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I saw one today, skimming low over my neighbor’s property, an open field, maybe 12’ above the ground, then quick ascent up & gone...always awesome to see, not uncommon.
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Old 05-23-2019, 10:11 AM
 
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Holy smokes!

I have so much admiration for wildlife photographers and their endless patience.
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