Bald Eagles

After getting my new 600mm lens, I needed to find some good stuff to shoot. I knew we had some eagles within 100 miles or so of my house during the winter, but I had never gone to take pictures of them. I did a lot of research and found some good resources (ebird.com) and finally decided to take  a ride one morning while the weather and my work schedule were cooperating.

My first stop was to a blind that had some eagles around it. The only problem was I was staring straight into the light of the rising sun, and the eagles were pretty far away, which only allowed me to get shots like this…

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Not exactly what I had in mind.

Since the blind was facing the rising sun, I decided to look out the back of the blind and found a couple of eagles perched in the trees enjoying the warm glow of the morning sun. They were still far away, so I kept my 2x extender on, giving me a 1200mm f/8 lens. Shooting them, I was able to get a couple of decent in-flight shots…

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The sun was getting higher and the light was getting harsher, so I decided I would pack it up and head home. There was one other area that I wanted to check out on my way home. I was driving along and I saw a bunch of cars on the side of the road mostly facing the wrong direction, it was other photographers and bird watchers admiring several other eagles. I joined them and shooting out my window was able to get some more shots, with this one being my favorite…

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