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Jan 12, 2014, 8:35:48 AM
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Luck Is Better Than Skill by catch---22 Luck Is Better Than Skill by catch---22
...every time.

Although bald eagles are on the upswing in my area it's still rare to see them. The last one I had seen in the wild had to be 30 years ago.

I had a chance to get out in the hills of my youth while visiting my parents last weekend. Right after sunrise I had one explode out of some trees as I was walking down a path from a lake. it was huge and totally cool. I never had a chance with the camera. I believe I actually "wooted" upon seeing it. that alone made the outing worth it. then later that morning I came across this beauty posing and soaking in the morning sun.

it was a very good morning deep in the woods of the winding stair mountains of oklahoma.

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:iconjessica-lorraine-z:
Jessica-Lorraine-Z Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice shot!
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you Jessica!!
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:iconjessica-lorraine-z:
Jessica-Lorraine-Z Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Welcome :D
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PanosPS Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Amazing shot!!!!!!
Bravo!!!!!!!!!
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you Panos!!!
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Yup.  A guy's gotta have some luck sometimes :thumbsup:  Good on ya for the capture, brother! :clap:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank ya bro!
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:iconmichaeldavitt:
Michaeldavitt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Writer
woot woot I'm wooting for some more epic pictures
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'll get cracking!
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:iconpeterpateman:
peterpateman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
As you know, fortune favours the brave! :clap:
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:iconlalight:
LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Jealous. :| 
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
well we're even then ;)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
;)
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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture Dennis … A great animal.
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
they certainly are... all my thanks Alain!
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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Most welcome Dennis
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DragonDriver5 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
great pic!! We have eagles around here too but I haven't gotten a photo that good yet
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you Aaron!
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:iconnwunseen:
NWunseen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
ahh..very true..but at times you need some skill to now what to do with that luck ;) nice display of that here..awesome sharpness on the eagle..comp fills nicely as well..excellent luck my friend! :D
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you much Addam!!!
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:iconnwunseen:
NWunseen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Photographer
most welcome, dennis! :)
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EvaPolly Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Yes, sometimes you just have to be lucky.. But of course you still need to be skilled to catch that lucky moment :thumbsup:
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
well thank you much :)
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:iconjdm4christ:
JDM4CHRIST Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice capture.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you Jonathan!
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
wonderful shot Dennis, wow 30 yrs, i can imagine you will be on the look out for more now.....:D
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you Donna and yep I will! :D
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
:D .....Eagle- Music 
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
lol
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:iconbrightstar2:
BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
:D
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Photographer
Amazing  capture Dennis!
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you Peggy! :D
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Photographer
You're very welcome Dennis!:D
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:iconbrunette-from-oz:
brunette-from-oz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   General Artist
That's a photo full of hope! I love birds of prey and have fallen for two sea eagles who live on my headland. I suspect a mating pair. However I never got a good shot with my now stolen camera and the one I got yesterday from the pawn shop seems very light and unfamiliar in my hands. Still...
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
well hello stranger!!!

how's summer?

jeeze a stolen camera?!?!?

...and yeah there's a draw or appeal to the eagles. to look that cool and be able to fly. I suspect they pity us all.
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brunette-from-oz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   General Artist
:))
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
What a treat you had that morning... seeing the king of birds twice!  They are so powerful, so magnificent.
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
I was pumped!

...and yeah they truly are. thank you Tris :)
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dragon-fly-to-me Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Oh yes, luck. The nature photographers best friend. ;) Well, you did a great job. Did you already have the correct lens on when you saw him/her? Because, if not, I'd love to know if your hands were a little wobbly on the switch. :D
The are so wildly beautiful, aren't they? Especially when they fly. :heart: lol.

I'm lucky and get to see them kinda frequently. We had a breeding pair here on the river over the summer. And then there was a juvenile with his/her mom. It was fun. I could never sneak up on them though, dammit. ;) You must have better um...sneakers than I do. :D
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
I shot maybe a half dozen with the lens I had on. then I turned away from him and changed out lenses. I think  I got three off (including this one) before he left me. all flight shots were blurred. :/

thank you Jessica!
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dragon-fly-to-me Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
They have such good eyesight you are very lucky to have gotten what you did. I'm sure he/she saw you the entire time (unless you were in the bushes, but even then...). I'm glad you got this. It is lovely.
Welcome.
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Annabelle-Chabert Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Photographer
Great capture ! :wow:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you Annabelle :heart:
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Beautiful guardian of sky ! :clap:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
truly they are... thank you Renard!
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gingersfunkyphotos Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   Photographer
So majestic!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you Ginger!
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clap Clap Love Love Heart Heart  Gorgeous!!!!!!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you Brenda!!! :heart:
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure dear!!Live Love Laugh2 by kmygraphic  ValentinesDay by kmygraphic  Heart of Butterfly by kmygraphic  
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