This Photographer's Image Of A Bald Eagle Is Going Viral For Its Perfect Symmetrical Reflection

Steve Biro

A Canadian photographer who snapped a stunning image of a bald eagle has been overwhelmed by its popularity since he posted it on Instagram and Facebook.

Steve Biro took the picture of the bald eagle, named Bruce by staff at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, as it swooped towards him over a pond.

The large bird appears to stare straight down the lens of the camera, its wings outstretched and the tips of its feathers dragging across the surface of the water.

"The eagle was literally flying inches over my head where I was sitting. It was an amazing experience," Mr Biro wrote in a Facebook post accompanying a video showing the bird in flight in slow motion.

The image has gained worldwide attention but Bruce did not seem too happy with Mr Biro when he set up to take the shot.

Mr Biro had taken pictures of Bruce last year and was hoping for a decent reflection of Bruce flying over the water this time around.

"He's really awesome and fairly well behaved but also has a mind of his own too," Mr Biro told.

"He was not very impressed with where I sat down and several times flew right over my head close enough for me to feel the breeze from his wings, it was exhilarating."

At the time of writing, the picture on his Instagram page has attracted more than 10,000 likes. You can follow Biro on Instagram and Facebook to see more of his images.

The conservatory is home to more than 200 captive-bred birds, and regularly cares for dozens of sick and injured animals until they can be returned to the wild.

Having such a variety of feathered guests in one place is a boon for photographers, who regularly flock there to try their luck capturing a photo as near perfect as this one.

Not that the birds are always happy to receive such attention.

This prime specimen – named Bruce – is usually comfortable with the paparazzi vying for that winning photograph. Perhaps that day he just wasn't in a modelling mood. That icy stare wasn't just for the camera, it seems.