Posts Tagged ‘Adolescent Bald Eagles

01
Oct
13

Necedah Wildlife Refuge: Adolescent Bald Eagle

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18
May
13

Adolescent Bald Eagle

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18
Jan
13

Eagle Days: Sauk City, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

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Last weekend, I drove over to my parent’s to visit.  On the way there, the highway travels along the Wisconsin River for a few miles – four or five and to my foreign followers that would be less than ten kilometers.  During that short stretch I counted seven eagles; six adults and one adolescent, from a moving car while I was driving, so I’m certain I missed some.  Sauk City and Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin have their annual Eagle Days this weekend, so I drove there early Friday morning, hoping to see eagles.  I was not disappointed.  I set-up just before sunrise and waited.  With overcast skies the light developed very slowly so for the first hour or so I just watched as they flew in.  Sauk City has a big hydroelectric dam and below it the water remains open through Winter.  The open water attracts many types of birds searching for food, including eagles.  I don’t know how many eagles I saw as I sat their that first hour, but I had over two dozen sightings with the eagles all flying the same direction — toward the dam.

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I shot many different eagles, from adults to adolescents like the one above, which is just beginning to get its white feathers.  In years past, I would see a couple eagles, and accept I would just have to be content with shots of the eagles flying through.  Not this year!  I passed on many shots of them flying through and took only shots of eagles as they tried to catch fish.  Even so, I still ended up with nearly six hundred photos of eagles fishing.

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Above an adult goes in for a fish.

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So if viewing wildlife, in particular eagles, is on your to-do list, you won’t be disappointed this year if you take the time to head over to Eagle Days in Sauk City and Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin this weekend.  There are lots of Eagles this year.

08
Jul
10

Bald Eagles: Fledglings

I’ve witnessed this pair of Bald Eagles raise three pairs of young over the last three years.  Having learned from past years, I got some photos of their young shortly after they had fledged and before they left. 

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They have two nests in this vicinity.  One they abandoned three years ago, and one they built three years ago.  The fledglings have been winging back and forth between the two nests, while the parents watch from a safe distance. 

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Their survival training and hunting training will begin now as they leave the nest area.

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On this day, though, this fledgling contented itself with gliding between the two nests.

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Where it then rejoined its sibling.

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04
Mar
10

A Hiker With a Camera

I have made the statement before that I am not a photographer, I’m a hiker with a camera.  I don’t mean that as an excuse, but as a statement of reality.  I know how to tie my shoes, how to dress and in most cases what to avoid.  I take a camera with because when I’m hiking I see things and I believe it makes for a nicer story to have pictures of those things.  Unfortunately, it means I miss a lot of nice shots.

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This shot should have been a no-brainer.  The Bald Eagle perched on this branch is within range of my camera and lens but with it being backlit the picture doesn’t turnout as nice as it should have.  Being annoyed at missing shots like this and the next one, I begin to look for solutions.

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Finding solutions to my issues would be next to impossible if there weren’t people with experience who share their knowledge.  The problem is the tricky lighting in these shots made getting the pictures beyond my ability.  I check several blogs and websites daily through my RSS feed, most of which are by photographers.  Yesterday, while reading this article about Darwin Wigget’s use of filters, I discovered potential solutions to my issues:  http://singhray.blogspot.com/2010/03/essential-filters-for-controlling.html.

For more information about Darwin Wigget check out his blog at:  http://darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/

27
Feb
10

Perched Adolescent Bald Eagle

Often mistaken as hawks because of their mottled coloration and sometimes mistaken as golden eagles because they lack white feathers, this adolescent bald eagle perched above me while I took pictures.  Wild animals often seek an edge by placing the sun at their back when observing as is the case in this photo, leaving me to try and get a picture with the camera pointed toward the sun.  Probably one reason why wildlife photographers prefer taking pictures on overcast days.

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