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Have to admit - that eaglet shot is wonderful.

I have to wonder - if it was a chicken, turkey, opossum, or three-toed sloth would it be as impressive? Perhaps it's not the photo that's so wonderful, but the subject matter. Hmmmm.

Regardless, I give it a "wow"!

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Bakeys...I think what "wows" me more is how quickly these birds grow. From the time that picture was taken to when it fledged the nest (fledge means actually leaving the confines of the nest and flying around) was roughly 65 days...I wanted to add a comparison shot to my original post to show the size difference but wasn't sure if I was allowed. So I guess to show my point I will add it now.

This is a different bird but the same man is holding it....this "grown" Eagle had just fledged the nest as well.

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Most of their energy when they're young is used for growth and feather development...their immune system is low and are subject to disease at this early age. All they do early on is eat, sleep and well, poop...literally. 1 out of 3 Eagles never make it to full adulthood even though they are at the top of the food chain as far as birds are concerned.

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That's pretty interesting stuff Duane.
We have a nesting pair down the road from my folks place on Cayuga Lake. They're across the canal with a sizable nest on a utility pole - quite a distance to try to cover with a 300mm. I've got a few photos but none that merit public display. One of those times where I wish I had a 500mm, a lawn chair, and a cooler of ice-water.

There are nesting Osprey a mile down the lake that are slightly more accessible. Both species are fascinating, as well as majestic, to observe.

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That's pretty interesting stuff Duane.
We have a nesting pair down the road from my folks place on Cayuga Lake. They're across the canal with a sizable nest on a utility pole - quite a distance to try to cover with a 300mm. I've got a few photos but none that merit public display. One of those times where I wish I had a 500mm, a lawn chair, and a cooler of ice-water.

There are nesting Osprey a mile down the lake that are slightly more accessible. Both species are fascinating, as well as majestic, to observe.

Thanks for sharing!

I give it a WOW too. But the challenge is "small". Not "Wow", nicht wahr?

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Tick tock, tick tock….. five hours and fifty minutes left……

That is so true, Thunder, in ways you don't yet realize; tempus fugits; . Ways that make this little challenge milli-trivial. micro-trivial; No, nano-trivial....

Let the Eagle Soar :D

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I give it a WOW too. But the challenge is "small". Not "Wow", nicht wahr?

Did you see the previous image (not the one on this page)....I would call that small compared to what it ends up being (second image only posted as a comparison image to show size differences....confirming how "small" they start out as). :D

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I give it a WOW too. But the challenge is "small". Not "Wow", nicht wahr?

Did you see the previous image (not the one on this page)....I would call that small compared to what it ends up being (second image only posted as a comparison image to show size differences....confirming how "small" they start out as). :D

Yes, Duane. I not only saw it, but I also understood the intention relative to this Challenge.

That is the thing about this particular challenge, isn't it? "Small" is a relative term. And we will have to see how the judge interprets and applies it.

But now, in the eleventh hour, I can say this: I've found a new path from this point forward.

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"But the challenge is "small". Not "Wow"


I took this statement as you didn't agree with what I thought was small. Next time I will photograph something with less of a "Wow" factor and a lot smaller. :mrgreen:

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Just my humble opinion, but I think comments on all photo entries should be held until AFTER the contest winner is announced. I don't understand the innuendos going on here. I was assured more than once that this contest was "just for fun."

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Just my humble opinion, but I think comments on all photo entries should be held until AFTER the contest winner is announced. I don't understand the innuendos going on here. I was assured more than once that this contest was "just for fun."

What you say makes a lot of sense, Patrish. I hope I didn't come across as being negative; I was just reacting to how big an eagle chick is :), but then the smallness aspect became clearer in relation to the gigantic adult (they look like they could really do some damage, Duane!)

It really has been a lot of fun to see how Thunder's Challenge could be given such a wide range of interpretations. One of the great things about photography.

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What you say makes a lot of sense, Patrish. I hope I didn't come across as being negative; I was just reacting to how big an eagle chick is , but then the smallness aspect became clearer in relation to the gigantic adult (they look like they could really do some damage, Duane!)

It really has been a lot of fun to see how Thunder's Challenge could be given such a wide range of interpretations. One of the great things about photography.


Yeah. What he said! :D



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Its FRIDAY, FRIDAY, FRIDAY!!!!

Ok, I gotta tell you all, this was one difficult decision to make. The entries ranged from great technicals, humor, inventive interpretation, to outright cute and funny. In the end it was the the mix of large v.s small in the comparative sense, coupled with the social aspect of small in a broke homeless person in a large wealthy society that charges $100.00 to litter, but leaves one of its children to wander the streets alone and hungry.

Outstanding shot Jon

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Its FRIDAY, FRIDAY, FRIDAY!!!!
Ok, I gotta tell you all, this was one difficult decision to make. The entries ranged from great technicals, humor, inventive interpretation, to outright cute and funny. In the end it was the the mix of large v.s small in the comparative sense, coupled with the social aspect of small in a broke homeless person in a large wealthy society that charges $100.00 to litter, but leaves one of its children to wander the streets alone and hungry.


Outstanding shot Jon



Ditto, Jon. This is a very moving image; maybe the kind of thing people tend to pass by without really looking. Thanks for presenting it. (Kind of ironic that you have a pointing finger as your avatar :)

I like your commentary on it, Thunder; very insightful! And, by the way, I think we all very much enjoyed the latitude your selection of Challenge topic gave us to explore ideas and images. I, for one, thorougly enjoyed each and everyone's take on it.

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Well deserved win Jon, superb image.

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Good choice Thunder, Congrats Jon.

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Congrats on a deserved win.

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Can't wait to see where you take us next week, Jon :D

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This was a fun thread, thank you, Thunder.

Now the pressure's on you, Jon. :)

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Congrats, Jon. Your photo is not just a strong image. It has a great story to it, too. Good choice, Thunder.

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Thank you for all the kind words and appreciation. Thunder, thanks for hosting the challenge.

The new challenge is up. Happy shooting to all :)

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