I could again wax poetic about how bald eagles exude strength in flight and how it's nothing short of spiritual to quietly stake them out on the icy shores of the Illinois River, and that would all be true. But the real reason I've chosen to post this photo is that it reminds me of Hans and Franz of SNL. I couldn't tell you how it struck me. Every time I look at this I hear, "The fish are doooown theeeeere!" You know, in the same vein as the world being small and round.
Returning to ornithological concern, this appears to be a second year bald eagle judging from the coloring of the beak and the uneven flight feathers. I could be wrong. You tell me, Dr. H.
Camera Nerdery: Same ol' Canon 300mm f/2.8 attached to a 1DmkIII along with a 1.4 converter, handheld. 1/5000th @ f/6.3, 546mm effective field of view, IS II setting--if you're into that sort of thing.