The worldwide response to a photograph of a bald eagle has overwhelmed a Canadian amateur photographer who took the picture.
Initially posted on Facebook photography groups, Steve Biro snapped the image of Bruce the bald eagle at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy.
The image has since gone viral, showing the bird of prey “staring daggers” at the photographer with its piercing eyes.
Mr. Biro took several hundred pictures of the bird that day of which this photo is the highlight.
“He’s squared up perfectly, both wings are touching the water,” he says. “That photograph was the one that struck me as as little more special than the others. But I still didn’t even know how it would resonate with people.”
The photograph was eventually picked up by media around the world after it made it to the front page of the message boards of the website Reddit.
At the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Ontario, birds are usually undisturbed by the photographers who visit. But Mr. Biro says that where he was positioned with his camera seemed to irk the eagle.
“He was actually trying to brush me away from where I was perched,” he says. “I could feel the breeze from his wings as he flew over me. The other people who were there were gasping as he came over my head. It was really quite exhilarating.”
Bruce the eagle flew over and claimed the spot where Mr. Biro had been as soon as he had gotten up off the rock where he was sitting.
Humanity in Nature
“Nature pics, landscapes, city pics, I love it all,” says the amateur photographer who began taking photos about 10 years ago as a hobby. But he says he has a soft spot for capturing images of birds. “There’s something about birds that to me is captivating,” Mr. Biro says. “The way they hunt, the way they interact. Sometimes you’ll see them do things. They’ll be playful, just like children. It’s amazing how you’ll see aspects of humanity in birds – and in animals overall.”
Mr. Biro says photography challenges him to see the world “like I’m a child again. I try to look at it like I’m in awe of it all the time, and in wonder of it.”
Bald eagles are widely distributed across North America.
The bald eagle nests in more than half of the country in the United States where the bird is the national emblem. In Canada, it’s more commonly found in British Columbia, across the prairies and in parts of Ontario.