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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jan 2010, 02:59
Well named.

What a gorgeous, metallic, beak he has, Louis.
Louis: I think it is a clean bill of health.
stunning louis
Louis: Thank you derek
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Jan 2010, 05:48
Beautifully posed & focussed Rob
Louis: Thank you Tiff
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Jan 2010, 05:49
Sorry - Louis
Louis: I don't mind, as long as Rob is a good looking bloke.
  • aussie
  • Australia
  • 8 Jan 2010, 06:49
Great bird shot, wish I'd taken it.
Louis: That can be arranged aussie smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 8 Jan 2010, 07:23
Wow, super capture Louis
Louis: Thank you zed
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Jan 2010, 07:36
He sure is taking you seriously, Louis! I love the front-on view.
Louis: He is measuring me, e.g. how long will the chicks feast on me. Thanks for the comment Ginnie.
What a portrait Louis. A face to face contact! Well done.
Louis: It does provide quite a moment, thanks richard
he is looking straight at me... great capturing this look
Louis: No, no he is looking at me smile Thanks Chantal
Wow, gorgeous!
Louis: It is a beautiful bird, thanks Stefania
You talkin' to me !!??
Wow! Very beautiful portrait.
Louis: Thank you Frank.
Up cxlose this is almost frightening Louis, who would be a small rodent?
Louis: Small rodent smile if I was a big rodent like a kangaroo I would still be watching out. Sitting on the ground, its head will probably reach to above belt level of mr Average. Not the kind of perspective you can see in this type of picture.
He's got eyes for you Louis ... superb close up.

Louis: Anything goes nowadays. But these eyes may be looking for food smile
Thanks Richard
Wow! thats a great shot!
Louis: Thank you Linda
As with eagles in general, that beak could do some serious harm.I might get the shivers being so close. Fabulous capture!
Louis: Mary, I have this thing that is a 100-400 zoom lens. Fully extended to 400 mm I am not that close. I am not my mother's most beautiful boy (looks can't be hurt then), but I don't like bleeding - so I play it safe with this character smile Thank for the comment.
superb shot Louissmile
Louis: Thank you tim
  • Ana
  • California
  • 8 Jan 2010, 16:12
Simply amazing. So much personality in that look!

Louis, thanks so much for the advice you gave Tom about cameras. I think he'll get a new camera in March, which is when our older brother will come to the US to visit me.

Make sure to cheer for Brazil in the World Cup, once South Africa is out wink

I wish you & your family a great 2010!
Louis: They do have that personality. Helping Tomas is just a pleasure. I don't mind cheering for Brazil, but the host nation inability is somewhat of a sore point over here. I do have ties with Holland though ...
Thanks for the good wishes and all the best to you and yours.
Superb shot Louis, sharp where it needs to be
Louis: Thank you Bill
Incredible image, Louis. The colors & facial expression are wonderful.
Louis: Thank you Beverly. They are wonderful birds
In your face! Lovely coloring and light.
Louis: Thank you Noma.
  • k@
  • Germany
  • 11 Jan 2010, 16:39
Terrific, one of the most gorgeous bird portrait I've seen, Louis ! Bravo***
Louis: Thanks a lot k@
Awesome shot. Puts my eagle shot to shame. tongue He definitely looks to be checking you out. My uncle said one reason the eagle I took a shot of let me get so close is that he was playing Chicken, if you will, with me - trying to show who is in charge and sizing me up.
Louis: This particular one is used to humans, having been nursed to good health after an accident. Interesting theory by your uncle smile
To get this in the wild must be an amazing feeling!
Louis: Nature is not staged for the likes of us, but when you are around it a lot; you can sometimes manage special peeks behind the curtain. A privileged moment.
did you ask him first? wow, he looks mad!
Louis: Very intense birds, they also don't listen when you ask, so I just took a chance smile
First class capture - worthy of hanging on the wall
Louis: Thank you Pamela, that may be the route smile
  • Carlib
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2010, 11:21
Wow! Amazing shot!
We tried to save a black eagle chick born in our incubators, some years ago, and gave it to a nice woman who specialized in saving birds of prey and it grew well! Every second WE it was put back in the nest by a "cliffhanger" friend and we would swap the 2 chicks until they were 3 month old!
The SA TV monitored the whole thing! A great experience!
Unfortunately one of the journalists was mauled by a starving tiger shortly after at the Luanda zoo, Angola...
You might remember!!
Louis: I do remember something about a Rick Lomba - a member of the Carte Blanche team. That was long ago, maybe 1995; I am not sure.
Thanks for the comment and interesting experiences that you are sharing Carine

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