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Wed May 22, 2019, 09:25 AM

Bruce the Eagle Gets his 15 Minutes of Fame in a Symmetrical Glamour Shot

Bruce the Eagle Gets his 15 Minutes of Fame in a Symmetrical Glamour Shot by Photographer Steve Biro



An eagle named Bruce, resident at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Ontario, recently took a dive over open water at the conservancy. Amateur photographer Steve Biro happened to be there at just the right moment, with camera in hand. Bruce’s arced wings reflected in the water below form a an almost perfect oval, and the bird’s bright yellow beak and piercing gaze are directed squarely at the camera. Bald eagles can have a wingspan ranging from six to seven and half feet.

“I snapped a couple images from the side and decided I wanted to get a vantage point where I might be able to shoot him more straight on,” Biro explains to Colossal. “There was a large rock right at the water’s edge were I laid down beside and rested my upper body on trying to get as low as possible.” Biro notes that Bruce was flying close enough to him that he could feel the draft from the bird’s wings, so he was able to a macro lens to capture the moment. Follow along with Biro’s nature explorations on



https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/05/bruce-the-eagle/

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Reply Bruce the Eagle Gets his 15 Minutes of Fame in a Symmetrical Glamour Shot (Original post)
demmiblue May 22 OP
Bayard May 22 #1
hunter May 22 #2
Dennis Donovan May 23 #12
Duppers May 22 #3
ProudLib72 May 22 #4
Collimator May 22 #5
csziggy May 22 #9
47of74 May 28 #18
pansypoo53219 May 22 #6
ms liberty May 22 #7
Duppers May 23 #10
liberalla May 22 #8
wendyb-NC May 23 #11
Fla Dem May 23 #13
Fla Dem May 23 #14
JuJuYoshida May 23 #15
Scarsdale May 24 #16
Martin Eden May 24 #17

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:08 AM

1. Amazing shot!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:49 AM

2. Taking full advantage of the ground effect...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_effect_%28aerodynamics%29

Pictures like this make me imagine I'm a bird.

It's got to be a really special feeling to have your wingtip feathers just skimming the water like that in near effortless flight.

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Response to hunter (Reply #2)

Thu May 23, 2019, 08:01 AM

12. Just like the Hughes HK-1/H-4...



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules#Operational_history

Operational history

The flight deck of the H-4, 2010

Hughes returned to California during a break in the Senate hearings to run taxi tests on the H-4. On November 2, 1947, the taxi tests began with Hughes at the controls. His crew included Dave Grant as copilot, two flight engineers, Don Smith and Joe Petrali, 16 mechanics, and two other flight crew. The H-4 also carried seven invited guests from the press corps and an additional seven industry representatives. Thirty-six were on board.

Four reporters left to file stories after the first two taxi runs while the remaining press stayed for the final test run of the day. After picking up speed on the channel facing Cabrillo Beach the Hercules lifted off, remaining airborne for 26 seconds at 70 ft (21 m) off the water at a speed of 135 miles per hour (217 km/h) for about one mile (1.6 km). At this altitude the aircraft still experienced ground effect. Nevertheless, the brief flight proved to detractors that Hughes' (now unneeded) masterpiece was flight-worthy—thus vindicating the use of government funds. The Spruce Goose, however, never flew again. Its lifting capacity and ceiling were never tested. A full-time crew of 300 workers, all sworn to secrecy, maintained the aircraft in flying condition in a climate-controlled hangar. The company reduced the crew to 50 workers in 1962 and then disbanded it after Hughes' death in 1976.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 03:33 PM

3. Beautiful.

We have a mated couple rebuilding their semi-permanent nest on the water .25 m., just down the street, from us.

It's amazing to watch them. Btw, they're ruthless hunters who kill other birds of prey, such as hawks which they've thinned out quite a bit. But those damn hawks killed my "pet" deck-feeding squirrels. I never respected squirrels too much until I got to know a special one very well. He was surprisingly intelligent - was on a feeding schedule and would scratch my living room windows or rock the patio table if I were late to feed him. He came in for a visit a few times.


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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 03:58 PM

4. They are both wonderful shots, but that first one...Whewee!

I spent a little time with bald eagles when I volunteered at a birds of prey rehabilitation center. Get within ten feet of one and you begin to realize just how enormous they are. Of course he felt the draft from Bruce's wings!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 04:08 PM

5. Spotted a Bald Eagle out of the corner of my eye, once.

I was walking around a lake in Columbia, MD. As I continued my walk, I saw someone with a fluffy little white dog on the same path. I mentioned the eagle, because I could just imagine how easy a mark that small white dog would have been.

They truly are magnificent creatures. And I am grateful to those whose conservation efforts have helped this species.

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Response to Collimator (Reply #5)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:29 PM

9. The day of the 2008 election an eagle landed in my front yard

Well, actually in the pasture in front of the house. At the time I was talking to one of the volunteers for the Obama campaign. He was so excited when I told him why I had lost concentration!

The week after the election I threw a party for the volunteers in our team. That same volunteer came out and was disappointed that bald eagle sightings were rare on our farm - he was hoping to see one for the first time in his life. He did get to see a red shouldered hawk and a pileated woodpecker, both of which showed up despite the crowd for the party.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #9)

Tue May 28, 2019, 08:21 AM

18. Couple years ago we had one sitting in a tree

I was able to get some pretty good pictures of it too.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 05:31 PM

6. we have eagles on the family lake. once while out fishing, i grabbed a down feather.

saddly, my new kittens ate it. not sure which 1.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:40 PM

7. That shot will win a Nat Geo award, IMO

Beautiful, amazing once in a lifetime perfect shot.

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Response to ms liberty (Reply #7)

Thu May 23, 2019, 02:26 AM

10. It must! nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:00 PM

8. Wow! Look at that --- Incredible!

and so beautiful...

Looks like the eagle is looking straight at the camera lens...


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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 06:30 AM

11. That photo is sensational.

Amazing camera shot exactly at the perfect moment, by a highly skilled photographer.

Bruce the eagle is beautiful and awesome.

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Thu May 23, 2019, 09:58 AM

14. Breathtaking. Gorgeous bird and stunning photography.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 12:03 PM

15. gorgeous shot of a majestic creature

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri May 24, 2019, 09:04 AM

16. Great shot.

Magnificent bird. Look at the size of his claws!! Handsome dude.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri May 24, 2019, 07:58 PM

17. Great pic!

Thanks for sharing.

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