Yeah some people pointed that out already, but psssst No seriously, thanks for the hint. I relied on google when I was looking for a reference image. But I am glad it is detailed enough for such knowledgeable people as you can actually tell what kind of bird it is
I was going to say how much I liked the design of the first eagle, with different markings than your average eagle, as befits the great eagles of Manwe. I didn't realise either it was a different bird!
Thanks. Well thought of Gandalf and the Balrog, too, but decided against it because there is that unbelievable great painting by John Howe, that would be in my mind and in the end I'd just do a very bad copy of his great image.