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Talon to Talon



Two Bald Eagles latch talons in a fight over a fish on the icy Mississippi River.

Two Bald Eagles latch talons in a fight over a fish on the icy Mississippi River.
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ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake March 11, 2015
Spectacular capture !
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BarbaraOdle March 17, 2015
Amazing capture !!!
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KristyJK April 01, 2015
Great shot, I bet the story is just as great!
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Vince542 April 20, 2015
Fabulous and spectacular!!!
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tmlakshmi May 07, 2015
congrats. incredible capture
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Wizzard June 04, 2015
Congrats on this remarkable shot!! Kind of shot I wish I had taken! :)
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BrianpSlade June 11, 2015
Superbly timed...Well done and congrats....Brian
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roblear June 14, 2015
Excellent shot, right place right time, well done.
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lauramorrison June 17, 2015
right place right time super image. :)
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redwriter June 20, 2015
Amazing capture. Nice work. - Jake
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PhotosbyDoc June 22, 2015
Awesome & Amazing capture!
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doinarussu June 26, 2015
excellent!! great series, all my appreciation!
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Atomck1 June 29, 2015
Dito to all the other comments. Amazing clarity too!
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Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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rodneytrenchard June 30, 2015
Great image
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texaaronpueschel August 19, 2015
Great catch.
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adriansart August 19, 2015
Wow what incredible action shot and moment!
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maureenrueffer August 20, 2015
A fabulous image
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davidpaulanderson September 23, 2015
What a shot
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kathryn_k22 September 24, 2015
Go enter my newest photo challenge!
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jasbirjohnsingh October 16, 2015
this is incredible! no wonder its on the Hall of Fame! Damn I wish I will be able to shoot like this one day!
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bmackenziephotography October 17, 2015
Thank you for the words of encouragement! Keep shooting, practice does make perfect. I started out the same way saying the same things!
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rogercampeau October 20, 2015
Awesome capture !!! :)
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sharlenescarboroughdodds November 08, 2015
FANTASTIC CAPTURE WOW!
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kathymuhle November 30, 2015
Wow - what a fantastic capture! Congrats on your win!
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sharonmeyers November 30, 2015
What an amazing photo - I just love it.
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marlenekamfer November 30, 2015
Concratulations it is a beautiful shot!!!!!
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harveyjewett December 01, 2015
What a moment to capture! Well done!
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Jillybean56 December 01, 2015
Amazing photo, congrats on your win!
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thgarden December 13, 2015
That shot is spectacular!!!!!!
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cmorisset December 16, 2015
Wow! Great timing for a spectacular shot! Bravo and congrats ( :
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JoanieS
 
JoanieS December 29, 2015
Magnificent capture! I love eagles, and this is one of the best photos I have ever seen! Congrats on this photos!
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loravoras
 
loravoras December 29, 2015
magnificent capture,congrats :)
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lisa1769 January 23, 2016
WOW!!! What capture!! Well done!!
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verity January 29, 2016
wow
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tierpfoto February 02, 2016
Amazing shot!
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cmsimon February 08, 2016
magnificent shot!! congrats
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susanplss-bryant February 08, 2016
Such an incredible capture! Nice!
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BruceBrooksPhotography March 12, 2016
You have some amazing Eagle shots, Excellent job!!!
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larabisserier June 22, 2016
wow
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hal-e June 25, 2016
Amazing capture
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cattusmannus October 02, 2016
Strong, Powerful and Violent. However it makes a brilliant shot well done, superb capture.
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brucesharock
 
brucesharock November 05, 2016
To capture the two eagles greeting like this is such a treat. I have seen it once but they were so far away they were grainy! Great shot! I love the expressions on their faces, Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!
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Thank you! You have a great weekend too!
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jettahlily008 November 16, 2016
Awesome capture & composition!!! :)
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matej007 December 19, 2016
Fantastic capture
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AndrewJulianPhotography March 08, 2017
Sweet shot
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morkatj March 09, 2017
Amazing photo!!
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capturedmomentsbydee March 10, 2017
Wow!
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bmackenziephotography March 10, 2017
Glad you like it!
Jasparrow
 
Jasparrow March 13, 2017
Wow this is a spectacular capture for sure!! What you have just photographed is called a death spiral, where a mating pair will lock talons and fall to the ground and not let go until they are about to hit. It is honestly a very rare thing to capture you should be very proud of yourself ^-^
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DonLawrence March 24, 2017
Wow, spectacular capture!!!!
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ziggyzoo52 April 28, 2017
Superb. Voted in exposure
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carmenb2 April 29, 2017
Spectacular!
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FredBlundell May 08, 2017
Superb artistry!
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Alfredo_Jose August 08, 2017
Mega stunning! I have no words....
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Shutterbug_14 December 18, 2017
Wow! Amazing shot!
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Shutterbug_14 December 21, 2017
I have a challenge called "Fight" on my profile if you're interested. :)
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Amazing capture!
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charlenecampbell-wood March 09, 2018
Absolutely spectacular!
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photosue50 March 13, 2018
Wow
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glendarossignol August 30, 2018
Fantastic shot!
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Roadrunnersrq Sep 23
Doing the dance of love! Great photo!
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Behind The Lens

Location
I was standing in a cove on a winters day in Rock Island Illinois. The Eagle activity for that area was starting to slow down, many had already left for the season.
Time
The sun was shining in the afternoon on a cold winters day. Winter was starting to lose its grip on Illinois. The cove was frozen, but started to show signs of thinning. It was frozen enough that the eagles could stand on the ice.
Lighting
Full sun, early afternoon. I was shooting at a high enough speed that I wasn't considered with blowing out the highlights. The ice and snow combined with the sun can make for difficult shooting at times. I adjusted my shutter speed accordingly.
Equipment
Canon 1d and Canon 600mm F4 with a manfrotto tripod and gimbal head. The 600 is to big and bulky to hand hold, plus it just wears you out quick if you try to do that. Using a tripod greatly increase your chances of getting tack sharp images. It also allows you time to rest I'm between the action by not setting the camera down in the snow and ice. It does take some practice, shooting with a tripod and gimbal head that is. Once you learn it and are comfortable, you wonder how you worked without it.
Inspiration
Eagles are fascinating creatures. The Talon to Talon shot is high sought after and is the most difficult to catch. I have been making the 150 mile one way trip for several years now. It is such a rush to watch these birds in their natural habitat. I normally make the weekend trip, standing on the snow and ice for as much as eight hours a trip. There have been several times where I have lost the feeling in my feet. I just can't help it, I have to be out there with the eagles.
Editing
Noise reduction and a bit of sharpening. I strive to get the shot right in camera, it makes for less processing time.
In my camera bag
Canon gear, Manfrotto tripod with gimbal head and spare batteries. Don't forget the spare batteries! The cold weather combined with shooting high speed really drain them quick. When shooting wildlife, I always use my Canon 600mm F4, manfrotto tripod with gimbal head and my Canon 1d.
Feedback
Never take your eyes or camera off of your subject. A shot like this happens in less than three seconds. The main thing is to relax and try to blend in with the surroundings. Don't yell and scream when action happens, you don't want to scare off your subjects. When the eagles are near me, I remain very still, just focusing on them with my camera. I try hard not to get to excited around them. First and foremost is the safety of the wildlife you are photographing. They are there to survive and eat. Please be respectful of nature and the wildlife.

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