Cruising at Altitude by Martin Smart

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WINNER of the A bird in flight Challenge in the I Love Birds! Group

WINNER of the Group Avatar Challenge in the For the love of Canon Group

WINNER of the What or Who Inspires You???
Challenge in the Live and Let Live Group

WINNER of the Cruising Along Challenge in the Vision of Flight Photography Group

2nd Place in the Four elements serie – Air Challenge in the Absolute Clarity group

2nd Place in the B is for Bird Challenge in the Alphabet Soup Group

2nd Place in the Its a blur Challenge in the Amazing Wildlife Group

2nd Place in the Birds of the World Challenge in the For the love of Canon Group

2nd Place in the December Avatar Challenge in the Vision of Flight Group

3rd Place in the Flying Creatures Challenge in the Mother Nature’s Finest Group

3rd Place in the Peace Challenge in the Mood & Ambi(e)nce Group

3rd Place in the Nature by the alphabet – B Challenge in the Made By Nature Group

Featured in “For the Love of Canon” September 2009
Featured in “I Love Birds” September 2009
Featured in “A Vision of Flight Photography” October 2009
Featured in “Made By Nature” August 2010
Featured in “The World As We See It , or as we missed it” February 2011
Featured in the “Paws n Claws….All Animals” February 2011
Featured in “Breathtaking WILD Animals & Plants” March 2011

A magnificent Bald Eagle soaring high above the ocean off the east coast of Vancouver Island, BC.
This was one of the images taken during the first year of photographing action at a Bald Eagle’s nest. After a few visits and many hours of waiting patiently I eventually captured this shot of one of the eagles soaring close to the nest almost at eye level to the top of the cliff where I was standing. I was truly inspired by the occasion and returned to photograph at the same nest site the following three years. For further details of my experiences photographing at this nest site please see here

This is one of the images used in my Fly with the Eagles calendar

Canon 20D with Canon EF500 f4 IS lens + 1.4x converter
1/1000sec f6.3 ISO 200


bald eagle, bird of prey, raptor, wildlife

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  • main1
    main1almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful Bird!! Nice clear shot!!

  • Thanks so much Maeleia!

    – Martin Smart

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Breathtakingly beautiful capture of the Bald Eagle in flight.

  • Many thanks for the compliment Baynanno. Much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    Spectacular capture. A real beauty.

  • Hi Bunny, thank you very much!

    – Martin Smart

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareealmost 5 years ago

    Stunning image Martin… You should add this to the Eagles Only group.

  • Hi Rosemaree, thanks so much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • mindarella
    mindarellaalmost 5 years ago

    PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!! speechless…incredible clarity, the sleek lines are amazing, how very aerodynamic…Gosh, I can’t wait to spend a day photographing with you…what an honor that will be….Hope I heal quickly…that is for sure…

  • Well I’m looking forward to that too Mindy, it’ll be fun! I do hope all goes well at the end of the week. Thanks so much for your comments, they’re always appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonalmost 5 years ago

  • Wow, much appreciated Kelly and pleased you like this one. Thank you very much!

    – Martin Smart

  • niki78
    niki78almost 5 years ago

    beautiful shot :)

  • Thanks very much Niki!

    – Martin Smart

  • Ron Kube
    Ron Kubealmost 5 years ago

    Awesome shot, great detail!

  • Thanks so much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Stephen Ruane
    Stephen Ruanealmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture, well done on the feature.

  • Thanks very much for your comments Oldrooz!

    – Martin Smart

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot of a beautiful bird

  • Thanks so much Themis!

    – Martin Smart

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