15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Florida Bald Eagle named Jewel

In a brand new neighborhood in Pembroke Pines Florida, this amazing beautiful bird decided to mate and have baby Eaglets, us local photographers had never seen an Eagle up close before, we were all in competition and trying to get the best picture possible while following the rules of distance. One cloudy day, I took my wife to see if perhaps we could get a glimpse of the mama bird, when we approached the tree beside the one that held the nest, there was a large shadow that was hard to miss. This lovely bird was about 20 yards up on a branch, watching my wife and I snap 1500 pictures of her! On this picture, I had to take a step back and appreciate her gaze into my lens and how can you miss the size of those talons, no wonder they snap the necks of their prey in the air! There is an amazing feeling, when a bird this size looks you straight in the eye! I could have won the contest between us photographers, but I kept the pictures to myself, if I had shown them, there would hundreds of people there, the following weekend...Enjoy the glare!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2016
Date Uploaded: 10.2017
Photo Location: Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D7100
Copyright: © Lou Falcon