Posts Tagged ‘Eagle in Flight

21
Jan
13

Eating on the Fly

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16
Jun
12

A Day

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15
Jun
12

Hitching a Ride

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23
Apr
12

Bald Eagle Carrying Food to the Nest

With having to return to work today, last evening was the last chance for this weekend to capture anymore eagle shots.  I had a very good weekend photographing many small birds; bluebirds, cardinals, a piper I haven’t identified yet, geese, ducks, whitetail deer, warblers of varying kinds, some thrushes and finally an eagle flew right over my spot.

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Bald Eagles are opportunists; fishing, hunting or scavenging for food.  I have many photos of eagles scavenging road-killed deer as well as photos of them fishing.  These are the first photos I have of an eagle showing they can hunt as well.  Hidden behind a bush which prevented them from seeing me as they flew back across the lake toward their nest this eagle flew directly over me carrying an American Coot or what we call a marsh hen.  The American Coot pictured below is from my picture archive taken in March of 2009.  Coots are a favorite meal of Bald Eagles.

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Since this bird is carrying food back to the nest it also means their eaglets have hatched.  The eaglets will hatch around the last week of March to the first week of April.  They grow quickly, requiring the parents to make more and more trips with food back to the nest.  Last night as I sat photographing they made four trips in and out of the nest, bringing back a coot each time.

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Right as this eagle reached the tree-line and disappeared he spotted me.  The three other trips made into the nest took a different route, but I still got some nice shots as they carried food back to the young.

01
Oct
10

Bald Eagle at Wyalusing

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16
Sep
10

Free

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07
Jun
10

Presence of Mind – Again.

Last month I wrote about some very bad photos I took because I didn’t have the presence of mind to adjust the length of my 100x400mm lens.  I nearly ended up with a second post that would lament the same mistake.  Nearly.

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Above is not a photo of a hazy blue evening sky, but a picture of a Bald Eagle.  I had parked myself in a cattail marsh on the edge of a lake.  The Eagle’s nest is behind me on my left, and the sun is setting over to my right.  If the Eagle flies off its nest, I should have good light and be able to get a decent shot.

I sat there for over an hour and waited.  And waited.  And then began taking pictures of some dragonflies that seemed to be everywhere.  That meant setting my camera up a little differently to take photos close in.  Less than five feet.  While I played with the dragonflies the above Bald Eagle flew out from the trees.  Cursing my stupidity the best shot I got wasn’t until the bird had flown half way across the lake.

I reset the camera, adjusted the f-stop, reset the way it focuses and then I remembered the post I wrote last month.  I took hold of the lens and pulled it back to 300mm and waited.  The mistake I had made last month involved taking shots of large birds who were very close with the lens set at 400mm.  I ended up chopping off their wings, tails and heads.  In the pictures that is.

With my camera reset I waited, silently hoping the Eagle would return and I would get another chance.

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About fifteen minutes later it flew out from the tree-line again. 




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