Haliaeetus leucocephalus by rhoing

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

As my friend the zoologist advised, even to non-birders, the large body size, white tail, dark brown body and white head are dead give-aways…

I had a shot to reveal the explanation for yesterday's mystery shot — http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2012-02-06 — but this turned out pretty well and I don't know how much closer I can get with the PowerShot to capture this guy. It's the second time I've seen him/her at the south end of the lake where Roland and I take our long water break before the 5-mile, 50-minute row back to the dock.

A year ago (“Wedding Rings”): http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2011-02-07
WOW! Great shot....I'm jealous!
February 8th, 2012  
Great capture! I really like the composition of the shot.
February 8th, 2012  
@kdei I wish it were better. This is the zoom limit of my P&S and I will *not* take my dSLR in the racing shell with me!

@furrylens I wish I could take more credit. This result is less about composition with the camera and more about after-the-fact cropping! @furrylens
February 8th, 2012  
Wow! What a great capture and would love to get a shot of one of these some day!! So lucky!!
February 8th, 2012  
@exposure4u Says the woman who lives near Pike’s Peak in the Rockies and — well — you know my whine! But thank you! Just another reason this form of exercise can be so rewarding and exhilarating and, at times, almost spiritual! In the end, yes, I *am* lucky!
February 8th, 2012  
Beautiful shot, Thom - these birds are so majestic!
February 8th, 2012  
@sparkleplenty1 Thank you, Joyce! "Majestic" is the word or "sense" that I couldn't quite yank out of my head. They really, really are majestic! And being at the top of their food chain, this one didn't seem the least bit concerned about me paddling 50 feet underneath its perch...
February 8th, 2012  
I would be really excited to see one of these beauties.
February 8th, 2012  
@digitalrn When I first saw it, I saw it swoop down from a tree, establish a position at a different location and make two passes trying to snatch something out of the lake. I was too far away to photograph it and I couldn't even tell if s/he was successful, but they are certainly mesmerizing to watch!
February 9th, 2012  
Such a beauty :) favd
February 10th, 2012  
What an amazing capture!!! Beautiful!
March 29th, 2012  
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