WPY 2019

Photograph Details

Winner 2019

Behaviour: Birds

Audun Rikardsen, Norway

Land of the Eagle

Audun carefully positioned this tree branch, hoping it would make a perfect lookout for a golden eagle. He set up a camera trap and occasionally left road-kill carrion nearby. Very gradually, over the next three years, this eagle started to use the branch to survey its coastal realm. Audun captured its power as it came in to land, talons outstretched.

Golden eagles typically fly at around 50 kilometres per hour but can reach speeds of up to 320 kilometres per hour when diving for prey. This, along with their sharp talons, makes them formidable hunters. Normally they kill small mammals, birds, reptiles or fish, but they also eat carrion and have been known to target larger animals too.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + 11–24mm f4 lens at 11m; 1/2500 sec at f14 (-1 e/v); ISO 800; Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash; Camtraptions motion sensor; Sirui tripod

Skulsfjord, Troms, Norway: latitude 69.80651, longitude 18.822311 Skulsfjord, Troms, Norway: latitude 69.80651, longitude 18.822311

Skulsfjord, Troms, Norway

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Audun Rikardsen

Audun Rikardsen, Norway

Audun grew up in northern Norway and has always been fascinated by the Arctic coast. He works full-time as a professor of biology at the University of Tromsø. As a part-time photographer he integrates photography into his fieldwork and uses his images to inspire his students and make his scientific results public.

  • By the light of the moon
  • Dark dive
  • The last rays
  • Splash-time with Buddy
  • Deep sleeper
  • Sea eagle snatch
  • Night blow
  • Splitting the catch
  • Arctic showtime
  • Night Snack