A bald eagle swoops in for a soft landing. A depth-of-field trick makes this photo look like one eagle is attacking another eagle.
The eagle landing is only interested in the dead fish on the rocky beach. Bald eagles can reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour when diving towards the ground. If the diving eagle wants to land on the ground, it will flap its powerful wings to arrest the fall, and the gingerly alight upon its preferred perch. These birds have incredible control of their own movement.
The challenge of properly conveying the truth of a bald eagle’s movement through a still image is part of why photographing these majestic birds is so satisfying.
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