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    This image was created near Homer, AK with the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, the 2X III TC, and the EOS-1D MIV. Hand held at 300mm. ISO 400: 1/1600 at f/6.3. Exposure pushed to blinkies and then 1/3 darker.

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    Excellent exposure and detail. I personally would have cropped from the top more.

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    Very nice behaviour shot. The calling eagle makes the shot for me. Selectively darkened the BG and cropped a bit off the top.
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    very nice I like the mom and juvi both with great pose.
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    The unique poses are well captured and good to see same head positions.

    Repost seems to have picked up a red cast.

    I also feel some off top would be tempting.

    Very sharp with a ton of detail.

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    I like the repost taking a good photo up a notch, bringing out more feather detail.

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    It was a close call whether or not to crop from the top. If I did, the top of the hill would have to go.
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    Artie, I understand the concern over the mountain range as I thought the same thing, but IMHO this mountain range did not add much to this particular shot so I vote for a tighter crop. I like your repost with the tighter crop in pane #7. Just my 2 cents.

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    This is a fun and unique one, Artie. Love the expressions & contrasting poses.

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    Great moment in time well captured. I'd go with your second cropped image Artie.

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    The Master and Apprentice.

    In a past life I used to do bird displays - bird of prey displays - and I was lucky enough to fly a Bald Eagle called Ona. One of the most character filled birds ever. This species has a lot of character.

    I quite like the full hill in the background.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rambaut View Post
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    I was thinking Laurel and Hardy!

    I really like this image Artie. For me, this image is more about the character of the birds rather than the environment, so I prefer your tighter crop.
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    Thanks all for your comments. I will go for two master files, Pane 1 and Pane 7 :).

    The funny thing is that as with gulls, the immature birds were usually dominant in disputes. Go figure.
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    Interesting fact about the immature dominance. Thanks for sharing.

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    YAW. As I mentioned, it is often the same with various gull species. And always surprising. One factor might be that the immatures are generally a bit larger than the adults...
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    Artie, well timed to get the calling pose with the open beak. Good eye contact from both, sharp, and I like your repost.

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    I like the tighter version as this image is all about your two subjects. Great opportunity presented and you took advantage of it.

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    nice one Artie - I like the original pane a lot! great depth and poses
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    Wonderful poses and I like both versions the first images has a nice sense of place and habitat while the tighter crop brings a more intimate connection with the eagles.
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    Thanks all. Some like it with the whole mountain, some not:) I like em both.

    The image here reveals the confession :)
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    Love the tighter crop . The mother seems to irritated . Were you trying steal her fish ??

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    I have to buck the apparent trend, I much prefer the original crop. It emphasizes that these are birds of wide open spaces. The tighter crop doesn't bring out anything extra in the birds and looses all of the environment.

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    As usual, different strokes :) The adult is almost surely not the parent of the young bird. And there is always lots of fighting when they find a fish.
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    excellent moment captured artie sir..i am +1 with cropping from top..superb one..

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    Great Capture. The ruffled feathers on the adult certainly set the aggressive mood. I've also seen the juvienes typically more agreesvie than the adults. No respect for their elders either! :)

    I wonder if this image would work as an 8x10 vertical?

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    Thanks Matt, Lots of different crop would work well here depending on taste.
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