Friday, 25 May 2007



This graceful bird soaring through the air like an ice skater doing the olympic stunts. This shot has been through many dodge and burn to bring out true colours and the shine on its underwing.  As you may see from the picture, the eagle has its leather strap still on its leg, it's a tamed one. Shooting wildlife and sports is one of the hardest subject to shoot if you do not have the proper equipment. Fei and I who were using the long telephoto but rather slow focusing lens were feeling furious as most of the shots are all blurred.

Eagles are differentiated from other birds of prey mainly by their larger size, more powerful build, and heavier head and bill. Even the smallest eagles, like the Booted Eagle (which is comparable in size to a Common Buzzard or Red-tailed Hawk), have relatively longer and more evenly broad wings, and more direct, faster flight. Most eagles are larger than any other raptors apart from the vultures.

Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large powerful hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong legs, and powerful talons. They also have extremely keen eyesight to enable them to spot potential prey from a very long distance. This keen eyesight is primarily contributed by their extremely large pupils which cause minimal diffraction (scattering) of the incoming light.

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