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A bald eagle perches in its icy kingdom.

Thousands of bald eagles congregate at the Valley of the Eagles each November to take advantage of a late season salmon run. Tthe abundant food it provides sustains the eagles throughout a brutal winter.

Canon 50D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/250, f/5.6, exposure bias +1.33, ISO 400.

The Valley of the Eagles Bald Eagle Reserve, Chilkat Valley near Haines, Alaska, USA

November 11, 2009

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It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • akaurora
    akauroraalmost 5 years ago

    Cool shot Gina … ♥ how the eagle is framed by the snow covered branches!! Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • Thanks, Deb! It was such a winter wonderland with fresh fallen snow. Bear tracks were seen in the new snow just after dawn. Would LOVE to return with a bigger lens!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • arteology
    arteologyalmost 5 years ago

    incredible creature, great portrait, gallo

  • Thank you for stopping by, gallo. It’s always such a pleasure to hear from you!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • driftindreamin
    driftindreaminalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful work


  • Thank you, Mike, a cool middle-aged kid or eagle man…I think both of those monikers apply to you…:-)))

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    great work,

  • Scott, thank you for having a look!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtalmost 5 years ago

    Yeah … Finally get to see some shots from that adventure.
    Love the ice on the branches, totally different to what I was used to seeing. WTG Gina, beautiful capture!!

  • Miss B, I’m going to fly to AU and kidnap you back to the Valley of the Eagles. That’s all there is to it. You have such a good eye with your eagle images that you can teach me your tricks. That snow was an added plus, lending a softer look to the landscape. It also was a pain in the tookus when it landed on our lenses. Thanks as always for your support!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • hatterasjack
    hatterasjackalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture, great composition and DOF.

  • Hatterasjack, it’s so nice to hear from you. First of all, I appreciate your kind comments. Secondly, you live in one of the most beautiful parts of the US. I am enjoying seeing your vision of that area. It’s kind of funny…I’ve been sorting through old photo albums and came upon images of the Outer Banks from 1977. There was just wild sand dunes and grasses and that great restless sea. You have convinced me I must return before too long. Thanks for the good memory joggers!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lyle Hatch
    Lyle Hatchalmost 5 years ago

    Oh, well done!

  • Thank you, Lyle. Hey, do you ever go to Starved Rock SP near Utica, IL? During cold snaps in January many bald eagles congregate near the dam where open water is available. We should organize a RB field trip out there. I’d love to see what you could do to abstract an eagle image!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • bev langby
    bev langbyalmost 5 years ago

    oh big wow hes so gorgeous a wonderful composition xx

  • Thank you, Bev! You’re a sweetie, as usual.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lynne Prestebak
    Lynne Prestebakalmost 5 years ago

    Big wow is right! Just awesome..

  • Lynn, it’s not a rusty dumpster or a treasure-filled junkyard but it’s kind of fun anyway! :-))) Thank you so much for your kind comments.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Sherry Lynn Crawford
    Sherry Lynn Cr...almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Sherry, thank you for taking the time to comment! Very appreciated!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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