Portrait of a Warrior
"Portrait of a Warrior" is a female Southern Bald Eagle, the symbol of our nation, sporting a bloody beak and a fierce stare. This is a portrait of Liberty, an educational bird who was on display in Alton, Illinois, at the The National Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, during a freezing January. She had just been fed a rat prior to being on display, which explains her bloody beak in my portrait of her. I was about six feet away when I made this photograph and used a flash bounced off the wall to her right so that I could retain detail in her white feathers as well as illuminate her darker plumage. I had spent the morning photographing her cousins in the wild along the Mississippi River at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary on the Missouri side of the river, and had gone to the lock and dam museum to warm up. Finding Liberty there was one of those happy accidents in the life of an artist!
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