Roy Toft goes out of his way to capture the majesty of the Steller’s eagle

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to capture nature’s most notable wildlife, as is the case with the Steller’s eagle. Here Roy Toft explains why this eagle is so special to him, and how he managed to get this incredible shot.

A Remarkable Species

Roy Toft: This next shot is one of a spectacular Steller’s eagle. Once again, if your listeners aren’t familiar with Steller’s eagles, they’re one of the largest eagles in the world with a just amazing, huge orange beak. You see how that compliments perfectly those giant orange feet and the talons — those giant claws on this eagle. It’s just spectacular. (click the image for a larger version)

We were out in the pack ice photographing these for several days, which makes a wonderful backdrop and beautiful scenery. You can get quite close to them. We’re on a boat. I have a private boat that we go out in so we can do the portraits and you can do the wide angles. This is more a portrait of an eagle.

In Conclusion

Amazing wildlife photography doesn’t just “happen” — you have to be willing to go the extra mile to get it. In the case of this shot of the beautiful Steller’s Eagle, that means hiring a private boat and going to where the perfect subject is.