In For The Kill?

A bald eagle readies the talons for the grab.
These and owls (and Goss Hawks) are the only raptors to stay here year round.
Their success rate in obtaining a meal is very low, still they thrive,
they expend tremendous energy to cling to life,
still they survive, not relying on luck, but skills of survival.

IMGP0262 ac Ready Talons

We are not separate from this reality.

In photography as in life there is little luck if any, I feel,

It is putting one’s self into situations that may work,

and taking risks in an uncertain world, and making adjustments….

This one moment worked for me.

Focal length 310mm, 1/500 sec, ISO 1600


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16 Responses to In For The Kill?

  1. Rhonda says:

    This is absolutely amazing…what a powerful shot Steve…definitely in the right place at the right time and the color tones you chose are awesome…I love it!!!!

  2. Sue says:

    What a great Pic and what wonderful birdTake careSue

  3. Vieille Ourse says:

    Excellent shot Steve … but you added your skills to the bit of luck !Hugs (Spring seems to be on its way now at this end of the world),Katia

  4. m60a3 says:

    And it was a great moment, my friend great pic. PeaceMark

  5. JoAnn says:

    A majestic and beautiful subject!

  6. Kuskulana says:

    I am making a correction to the blog, I remembered that Goss Hawks are also year round residents to Alaska.

  7. Rambling says:

    OH STEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BE STILL MY HEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY favorite raptor and this is…not to coing the word..magnificent! WHEW!!! If I smoked I\’d ask for a cigarette!!!

  8. Patsy says:

    Yes they survive and I guess thats why they are our National Bird. Just like your bald eagle Americans will survive!!! You photo of this as always is a GREAT shot.

  9. KingfisherRaven says:

    Great picture Steve so well captured, I love the colors in motion fantastic !

  10. Kimmy says:

    I didn\’t realize Alaska didn\’t have but 3 raptors live there year round. And how extraordinary is that shot???? Love it!!

  11. Polly says:

    Wow, that is such an amazing shot. I hope you didn\’t take too many risks. It\’s brilliant.

  12. J says:

    Amazing! Makes me want to sing a Lee Greenwood song. I\’ll spare ya.j

  13. Dianne says:

    Steve this is one amazing photo. Your hard work paid off. You were at the right place at the right time. 🙂 Take Care! Dianne 🙂

  14. Cat says:

    such terrible beauty, grace and determination

  15. Here I Am says:

    You captured the eagles pure focus.

  16. jackie says:

    The Great One!!!!!

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