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Harpy Eagle (A very rare and hard to find bird)
17-JAN-2008 Tom Munson

Harpy Eagle (A very rare and hard to find bird)

Gareno Lodge Ecuador

Canon EOS 40D ,Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/250s f/8.0 at 600.0mm iso400 full exif

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blizzard10-Jul-2015 01:30
amazing original creative beautiful camera work
Dubi Shapiro22-Apr-2015 02:20
How lucky!! 15 years I've been traveling throughout the Neotropics and nada...
henkverbiesen24-Nov-2014 12:28
Excellent image of this iconic bird
Tom LeRoy20-Sep-2011 17:30
Amazing capture of this prize bird. You are so lucky, tack and beautiful! V
Michael Todd06-Jan-2011 04:54
Incredible, just incredible. I was lucky enough to see a female and chick at the nest in Venezuela, but love to see others experiences with Harpies as well. Great shot.
Gerald F. Peltier03-Oct-2010 17:24
Awesome capture Tom!
Gerald Rozemeijer30-Aug-2010 16:20
Fantastic capture Tom !!
AlexP11-Nov-2008 23:56
I was looking through your galleries and found this one...just wow, if there is one image I wish was mine it is this one!! What an experience not just to see one of these but also get a great shot of it..Hope to stand on that muddy hill myself someday ;)! BIG VOTE!
Alex Vargas30-Oct-2008 07:48
It was all worth Tom!!!
I always want to cry when I see an image of this awesome bird... I got one nesting so close and for so long in Guyana... but I wasn't taking pictures back them and my camera was as good as a disposable!!! ... hope to go back there sometime...

Wonderful capture! Congratulations! - V -
Ann Pettigrew06-Oct-2008 05:34
One of my dream birds to see. Congratulations on your find!
William Drew27-May-2008 01:58
A very beautiful strange looking bird. Like a cross between an eagle and owl. Great shot and excellent find! V
Jean D22-Mar-2008 00:07
Beautiful Harpy Eagle with excellent detail, Tom! ~V~
Terry Thormin12-Mar-2008 01:14
An incredible shot of a very rare bird. This deserves a big vote, both for the quality of the photograph and the effort it took to get it.
Rich Westfall02-Mar-2008 04:28
You got him, though, Tom. An amazing creature.
henrywong18-Feb-2008 09:42
Fantastic! V
Dennis15-Feb-2008 12:23
...sounds like a walk in the park Thanks for sharing some of your trekking stories and a Big Congrats on your capture...most stunning. It was worth every slip-slide and tumble...right.GMV
Cheers !
Rachel Bilodeau13-Feb-2008 01:50
wow this is unbelievable - what a find! Tom, this is quite unique
Carole Stevens10-Feb-2008 21:09
Stunning Im so impressed I totally understand how rare these are, wish i could have joined you, he is magnificent!
coaster10-Feb-2008 20:10
Great capture; congratulations.
Monique LaguŽ10-Feb-2008 13:45
Very interesting.
Excellent image. v
Sandi Whitteker08-Feb-2008 15:48
What a collosal effort Tom! You're description is so complete that I can just picture you struggling to set up your tripod and sliding down the muddy embankment while trying to take the shot. We photographers go to no end of trouble for a beautiful shot like this. Fantastic capture. Beautiful framing, details in the feathers, and composition.
fdt08-Feb-2008 13:20
Great catch! f
estralita07-Feb-2008 14:32
He looks almost human.... Great shot!! vote
carol j. phipps07-Feb-2008 05:41
Wow! has a human-look! Wonderful! V
January Grey07-Feb-2008 05:28
Definitely worth the effort, Tom! A gorgeous shot of this Harpy. Excellent light and details. V!
Art Parnell07-Feb-2008 04:23
A great shot of this unique bird, well worth the effort! Welcome back, Tom.
Diane Wu07-Feb-2008 03:59
Wow, fantastic!
What a least you took 100 shots of it!
Dan Ng07-Feb-2008 03:55
Wonderful!!! Your hardship and efforts paid off. Thanks for sharing this rare and beautiful bird. V.
Guest 07-Feb-2008 03:31
Tom,sound's like some work went into this creation, but it was worth it great one~VOTED~
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography06-Feb-2008 22:26
Excellent catch, Vote.
Bob Foisel06-Feb-2008 16:45
Joanne Kamo06-Feb-2008 13:15
WOW! How unusual and it. V
Nestor06-Feb-2008 13:03
Hope your vacation was great , welcome back and a perfect image on your return.
Excellent photo razor sharp.
Brian McAllister06-Feb-2008 07:14
Welcome back Tom.
Inspirational effort and fantastic shot of this rare raptor......
Debbie Blackburn Beierle06-Feb-2008 06:18
WELCOME HOME, Tom!! Extreme detail on this fine specimen! Great job as always!
Gayle P. Clement06-Feb-2008 05:08
I've heard about this eagle and never have seen a photo of one. Very well done! V
Jim McKinlock06-Feb-2008 04:12
Wow Tom,
Welcome back, this is indeed a rare find, and an interesting bird. I've read that Ecuador is a bird rich enviroment, but didn't know it involved so much effort. I hope all you're excursions didn't involve this much work, and that you found some time to kick back and relax too. I'm anxiously waiting to see more from your trip.
Jay Levin06-Feb-2008 03:16
Welcome back, Tom! Beautiful capture in a great setting. The eagle is fantastic. Vote
Katie Chew06-Feb-2008 02:52
Excellent capture! V
Yi Feng06-Feb-2008 01:08
Outstanding capture of this unusual eagle Tom! Well worth the effort! V
Sheila06-Feb-2008 00:43
Congratulations on such a fine shot!
Char06-Feb-2008 00:38
Hi Tom,
What a unique and wonderful shot!! I could tell the minute I saw it that it was not a bird that was very plentiful. At least I have never seen one before. His feet are interesting in and of themselves. Glad you're back and thank you for sharing this beautiful and rare creature. \/
Yves Marquis05-Feb-2008 23:29
wonderfulll and very special
Janet Forjan-Freedman05-Feb-2008 23:28
Welcome back from your adventures Tom! This is a wonderful capture of this very striking and unusual bird!
lou_rozensteins05-Feb-2008 23:05
A great shot with excellent details. I hope you have brought lots of interesting pics back with you. This is great!
Brinn MacDougall05-Feb-2008 21:03
So glad to see you back! Fantastic capture under such conditions..v
Sofia Solomennikova05-Feb-2008 20:36
Congratulations on the eventual success! Really looks very unusual! V
Khanh Tran05-Feb-2008 19:46
Wow, and mega-congrats on an excellent photo and much sought-after bird! What a priceless moment. Great camera work under difficult conditions.
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik05-Feb-2008 18:47
Gorgeous shot! One you won't soon forget, and well worth the effort. L&S
Sue Weisensel05-Feb-2008 18:46
You were certainly rewarded for your effort! It's a pleasure to see such a nice shot of this bird.
Bob D. Kaufman05-Feb-2008 18:06
Wow! This is one for the books! Big, big congratulations, Tom. v
James Prudente05-Feb-2008 17:58
Outstanding Tom
Marco Valk05-Feb-2008 17:47
fantastic capture of this impressive raptor; vote
Priya Shailesh05-Feb-2008 17:44
Welcome back Tom.Amazing capture, worth all the effort...
Thanks for sharing..V.
Hank Vander Velde05-Feb-2008 17:38
Wel;come back Tom with a terrific image. Glad you persevered and thus give us a view of this beautiful, rare bird. V
Mike Loring Photography05-Feb-2008 16:54
Wow thanks great photo of a hard to capture subject
Jess. ( Lady.D.)05-Feb-2008 16:54
Fabulous shot Tom, I see you did not waste your time there. Looking forward to more great images...
Christopher Schlaf05-Feb-2008 16:51
Very cool Tom.Sound like fun.
SageCreek Images05-Feb-2008 16:49
Super image Tom...
Well worth the effort, voted
Jeanne Dammarell05-Feb-2008 16:32
Fantastic find, Tom, and a great job of shooting in a difficult situation. This has wonderful detail, especially for such a dark setting. Terrific shot!
Bryan Murahashi05-Feb-2008 16:28
Welcome back, Tom. Beautiful capture of this rare Eagle from another part of the world.
The effort were well rewarded. GMV.
Fong Lam05-Feb-2008 16:23
Great capture of this rare bird, Tom.
Worth all the effort! ~V~
Ed Goodnight05-Feb-2008 16:04
Truly dedicated!
Peter Stahl05-Feb-2008 15:55
Welcome back Tom. Wow, what an amazing capture. Great job on this one Tom. Walking all that distant i know why you didn't take your 500, definitely worth the effort.. GMV.
Enny05-Feb-2008 15:51
welcome back and a great image and a beauty of a harpy eagle.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad05-Feb-2008 15:32
Nice tight crop of the Harpy. You are one lucky dude to get 100 shots of this guy. You must have used a 2.0x teleconverter on that 300? V