Bird Photo Competition 3 2019 : Entry Number 54

Judges Comment

Dynamic poses and strong eye contact elevate this capture of grappling eagles on ice

Photographers Comment

Thank you very much for recognizing my picture. I took this photo 'Eagles Rivalry" in Hokkaido, Japan. The two raptors are arguing about controlling the food supply in the surrounding waters. And it is obvious who is in the defense. I was quite far and I used Nikon D500 with the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 lens at focal length 500mm. In post I dodged and overexposed the background to simplify the composition and help the eagles to stand out.