Steve Biro, a popular amateur wildlife photographer, has treated us to a variety of perfect shots over the years. However, his last photo outdid all his works. Biro captured an almost perfect shot of a bald eagle in the wild recently and he never thought it would go viral as soon as he uploaded it online.
How could it know? His show of this glorious bird is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. It shows the bald eagle in all his glory. It took Biro hours of footage to get the perfect shot, but it was worth it.
Close Encounters of the Eagle Kind
Steve Biro went to the Canadian Raptor Conservancy one day to try and capture the perfect shot of a bald eagle named Bruce. It was a harder challenge than he imagined. Biro was there with a group of photographers, and although birds aren’t usually bothered by them, Bruce was kind of annoyed that day.
He was trying to get away from the crowd and couldn’t sit still for Steve to get a good shot. Bruce was flying all over the place and moved from rock to rock. While flying from one spot to another low over the water, Steve got an idea – to catch Bruce in the act with his wings squared up. It was a genius idea that gave birth to the iconic photo.
The Perfect Shot
It took a few shots, but Biro eventually captured the shot he had in mind. When Bruce flew over the water to change position, he got him in flight with his wings extended symmetrically and touching the water. It truly showcases the beauty and size of a bald eagle. If you’ve never seen how big this bird is, you might be surprised.
Biro was amazed at how special this unique bird is. “The photo struck me a bit more special than the others,” he said in a recent interview. “I knew it was going online, but never expected such a response”.
As soon as he posted the glorious shot on Facebook, people went wild about it. The photo soon went viral and ended up on the front page of Reddit with thousands of likes and reposts. Biro took up the hobby of taking photos around 10 years ago and loves it. His photos are quite popular online, but none “caught fire” like this one.
He is captivated by the wildlife and especially birds. Biro noted the way they hunt and interact with each other as incredible. “They’re playful kind of like children. You see aspects of humanity in birds you never expect,” he said.
The Status of Bald Eagles in the USA
As you most likely know, the bald eagle is the national bird of the USA. The species lives near water and its highest numbers are in Canada and Alaska. Bald eagles are might birds of prey feeding on fish, but they can also eat carrion and take prey caught by other animals.
Thanks to conservation efforts, the species went from nearly extinct to safe on the list of endangered species. It’s one of USA’s most iconic animals and you can see it in all its glory in Biro’s amazing pic.