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Old Feb 13, 2009, 12:12 AM   #1
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I took this series of shots back on Jan 31st. It was an encounter with a very young Bald Eagle. My only regret is that the eagle was so far away. It was about 400-500 yard in the first shot and then returned to the perch in front of one of the photo blinds at the refuge. It was only...Haha ONLY a couple hundred yards away then. I still like the series even though I wished I was closer.
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The young eagle is chasing and interacting with a Red-tailed hawk in this first picture. The two mountains in the background is Lassen Volcanic Peak on the right and Broke-off Mt. on the left. It used to be a super volcano called Mt. Tehema with Broke-off making up the left slope and Mt Lassen the right. The peak of Mt Tehema was right in the middle of the two, right under where the goose is, until about 30,000 years ago when it erupted and blew up. The two remaining peaks are all that's left. They are 70 miles north of this location.
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The Eagle returning to the perch.dsaf

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Extending for the landing.dsf

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The touch down. Almost.dfs

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Here is the same eagle a little later that morning. It was nice enough to fly right over the truck.
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That last shot is a defintely one I'd consider framing. Really very nice.

If you're shooting birds at a distance of 300-500 yds, may I ask what lens areyou using?

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Ha ha, yeah crazy I know. I was using a Nikon 200-400mm VR with a 1.4 TC. I think that works out to around 840mm 35mm equivalent. I also had to severely crop those pictures. I don't usually shoot birds at that distance but with Mt. Lassen in the background I thought I might be able to get away with it this time.
The last eagle shot, the close-up was using the same lens with about a 25-30% crop.

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If your interested here's a link to some other closer shots of that same young eagle.
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Thanks for taking the time to explain.

I keep thinking about picking up a 1.4TC for my 200mm lens but Olympus' pricing is a bit steep.

In 35mm terms, that would give me about a 560mm focal length. Not sure if I'd be better off investing in a Sigma 50-500mm.

BTW, I meant to mention that including the mountains in the background of the 1st photo added a great deal more interest to it.

I need to do a better job of thinking about composing the frame prior to taking a shot. Components such as mountains, streams, fauna, certainly add a lot of character to an otherwise okayshot.

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Old Feb 13, 2009, 5:43 PM   #9
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I have seen some very impressive results from the Sigma lens from some of the folks on this forum. Tough decision, good luck.

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