Seattle Times reader Laurel Hair’s photo of a bald eagle roosting in a tree along the Skagit River.

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Photographer: Laurel Hair, Kirkland

Photo taken: Jan. 1, off Hwy. 20, Rockport, Skagit County

Photographer’s description: “My fiancé and I spent New Year’s Day eagle watching. This eagle stayed quietly watching us, allowing me the best shots of the day as I played with my new Christmas camera.”

Expert says: “I love the stoicism captured. I also really enjoy all the layers: We get a sense of place with all the branches but it’s still clean because of the shallow depth of field. The limbs framing the eagle add to those nice layers. Great job!”

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