Steve Biro, a talented photographer captured the stunning image of the bird named Bruce.
Cover Image Credits: Instagram/ Steve Brio
Being a photographer is hard work. It's not often that you get that perfect shot. Waiting for a long time and hundreds of clicks later, one is not even sure if they'll get the picture that moves them. But striving for the same is what makes the effort worthwhile. Steve Biro, an amateur photographer had taken several clicks of a bald eagle named Bruce flying over a lake at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Ontario, after he was just released. It seemed like a futile effort of capturing the majestic bird at first especially since it also seemed a bit hostile to Biro. He stood on a large rock at the water’s edge with the aim to capture a reflection of the bird. After several trials, he got a shot that would soon go viral on the internet for its sheer beauty and symmetry.
The image of a fierce-looking eagle looking straight into the camera with a near-perfect reflection in the water below has won Brio accolades. He told Peta Pexels, “He flew across the pond several times and was not happy with where I was, which turned out good for me as he was staring right at me quite a bit! He also was flying close enough to my head for me to feel the breeze from his wings, but I was determined to keep shooting.” According to BBC, Biro first shared the image in some photography groups on Facebook. This became so popular in these forums it reached Reddit where it just further blew up. Soon news outlets around the world began to feature the picture. He said, "He's squared up perfectly, both wings are touching the water. That [photograph] was the one that struck me as little more special than the others."
He added, "But I still didn't even know how it would resonate with people." The eagle was clearly not impressed by Biro being so close and made it known. He said, "He was actually trying to brush me away from where I was perched...The other people who were there were gasping as he came over my head. It was really quite exhilarating." Biro eventually got down from the rock and Bruce occupied it soon after. Biro has been into photography for around a decade and his favourite subjects are mostly wildlife. It started out as a hobby with him taking "nature pics, landscapes, city pics, I love it all." But capturing birds are something he enjoys more than anything else, "There's something about birds that to me is captivating. The way they hunt, the way they interact. Sometimes you'll see them do things. They'll be playful, just like children."
This photo by #SteveBrio, reminds me of 'Self-Reflection'. Positive self-reflection is a balance of who you see yourself at this point &who you see beyond. It helps to redirect your flow towards your future aspiration & also to assess your present. #cse2019— Sudha Ramen 🇮🇳 (@SudhaRamenIFS) May 25, 2019
❤️ #BaldEagle n d pic pic.twitter.com/RA0iXlnKja
He added, "It's amazing how you'll see aspects of humanity in birds - and in animals overall." When asked about Bruce and the picture that made him famous, Brio stated, "I have many wonderful images from the visit but loved the symmetry of this one in particular. And the way he is staring right through me and looking mean and powerful just blew me away.”