February 7, 2013

White-Tailed Eagles, Poland

Photograph by Sylwia Domaradzka, My Shot

I took this image during my last trip to Poland, where I was amazed by these birds. It seems like every one of them wanted to dominate the group. Displays of such mild aggression were very common.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? The first thing that grabbed me about this photograph was the obvious—the moment of interaction between the eagles. But after spending more time with this picture, I also came to appreciate the smaller birds on the periphery, like spectators at the main event. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor


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43 comments
Tommy Thain
Tommy Thain

I like this photo very much but would also love to see some details of the camera type, lense range and focal settings to enable a better appreciation of all aspects.

Attila Kegyes
Attila Kegyes

They are not fight for dominance, they fight over the carcas, which was placed front of a photoblind, to make much easier to the photographers to capture some action.
This is why the smaller birds are there too, not because some fortunate accident, or curiosity!
This is a new trend in europe, started by a hungarian unethical bird photographer, who already fooled a lot of magazin and photo contest with his pictures!
Photographers and/or some business was build up on photo turism, are dig into the ground a photoblind with a one way mirror glass, so photogrpahers do not have to have any skill about the birds and nature, or wildilfe photography, because they are completly separated from the nature, sitting in a "room" behind one way mirror glass.
They are place a life stock carcas to the fornt of the photoblind and the birds of prey, and other meat eater birds like magpie and crow came to fed on it. So the photographers can shoot houndreds of pictures of action like this. It is impossible to not get least a few good shot, even you get a camera in your hands at a very first time, and you are in the nature at a very first time.
In a photoblind like this, even a blind person took pictures like this! It is true, it is happened!

Sami Shehab
Sami Shehab

Amazing shoot Sir.Where you were focusing?.

Yvonne Rutkowski
Yvonne Rutkowski

Hi Sylwia! I love your photograph. What camera did you use? What settings? Are you a professional photographer? I would love to see more of your work.

Once again
Once again

This is one magical  shot the action, the eyes of the eagles and the poor little bird caught helpless in the middle of the conflict also nice colored.simply greaaaaaaaaaaaat.

Timothy Evans
Timothy Evans

The eagle on the left is like, "... dude. I saw it first."

The eagle on the right is all, "Oh, I'm sorry was that yours?"

The little bird in the middle is thinking "oh %$&!"

And the little bird on the far left is saying, "Wallace, Nooooo!"

Sylwia Domaradzka
Sylwia Domaradzka

I just would like to thank everyone for the nice messages and comments. Glad you like the image!

Tina Crofts
Tina Crofts

Amazing photo!! My students loved it today. Thank you for the comments on the different colors of the birds. We had a great conversation about this photo!

Shailesh Sharma
Shailesh Sharma

What a precious gem you have got Sylwia. Amazing, mind blowing and simply superb shot. 

Myra Linara
Myra Linara

This is so intense, brilliantly captured.
Well done Sylwia!

Andy Weatherholt
Andy Weatherholt

The one on the left looks like a Golden Eagle. Love the pic Though.

Martha Z Martinez
Martha Z Martinez

 Glad they were just spectators... Thought the eagles were trying to get the smaller bird for lunch!

George Lloyd
George Lloyd

I am surprised the other birds are not prey?.

George Lloyd
George Lloyd

I am surprised the smaller birds are not prey!

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

The birds, eyes so in focus, along with the talons showing such action of the birds who are so very focused on each other.  I love the little birds giving the image perspective and love the detailed spread of the magpie's wings on the left.  Just the VERY best image...I will call it perfect, Sylwia!

James King
James King

Great picture - the sharpness of the image is unreal

Denise Aulie
Denise Aulie

Perfect timing Sylwia.  This shot could not have been scripted!  Wonderful.

Oktay Ortakcioglu
Oktay Ortakcioglu

Amazing capture, amazing colors, amazing clarity... bravo...

Sylwia Domaradzka
Sylwia Domaradzka

@Sami Shehab

Hi Sami. Hard to tell where exactly I was focusing because it all happened so quickly :-) I kept my camera on the eagle on the left as it was stationary and I could see the other one flying in. I kind of guessed it would try and land on top of the first one as this is what they do! This is why both of them are sharp.

Sylwia Domaradzka
Sylwia Domaradzka

@Yvonne Rutkowski 

Hi Yvonne :-)

Thank you for all the nice words! Yes , I am a professional photographer. I shoot mostly on Canon 1d mark IV and 500 mm lens (this is the combo I used with the eagles).  Are you a photographer yourself? 

Sylwia Domaradzka
Sylwia Domaradzka

@Timothy Evans Timothy, that was funny :-) Except that the one on the right wouldn't say 'I'm sorry'. The eagles seem to have no manners...

Martina Ruehmann
Martina Ruehmann

@Tina Crofts Oh, I am glad to hear this - thank you so much! The different colors have a reason: As long as the birds have a juvenile plumage, the adult ones are less aggressive towards them.

Martina Ruehmann
Martina Ruehmann

@Andy WeatherholtThe left one is juvenile and therefore differently coloured. Only adult birds have distintive characteristics like a white tail and a yellow beak - this takes a few years.

Bruce McCormack
Bruce McCormack

@Sylwia Domaradzka @Timothy Evans 

Yes, funny despite the fact that they are not fighting for the little bird in the middle, which is behind the scene as evidenced by it being out of focus.  As the photographer stated, they appear to be fighting for dominance.  But, I wouldn't want to be that little bird when dominance is established!

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