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Old Feb 6, 2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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It's not as common to find Bald Eagles on the ground but I came across this eagle that had set down on one of the resting islands. Funny, there are no ducks or geese sharing the island. I wonder why? The island was about 130 meters away from my position. These are severely cropped.
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Old Feb 6, 2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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Hmmmm. No ducks over there either.
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I wonder if those two ducks would like to come on over? Probably not.
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Magazine perfect Steve....The way you have the water and the red sand/clay, make this guy pop on the photo...Love it...
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Thanks John, I appreciate you taking a look and commenting.

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Very nicely done Steve. What lens are you using here, and were you using a tripod?
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Very nicely done Steve. What lens are you using here, and were you using a tripod?

Hi, and thanks. I was using my Nikon 200-400mm VR lens with a 1.4 Teleconverter. I shoot from inside my truck most of the time while I am at the refuge. You are not allowed to get out your vehicle except for 2 mark locations. I usually have a Kenesis photo bean bag that I throw over the partially raised window. This Eagle, however, was on the other side of the truck. So I got creative. I propped my camera bag upright on the center console between the front seats and then put the bean bag on top of the camera bag. Then I draped my left arm over the top of the lens to add pressure to push everything down into the bean bag for stability. Took a couple of deep breaths, half exhaled, held my breath and fired off several bursts.

Here is my setup minus the truck and camera bag. Oh yeah, this pic shows my D300, I was using a new D7000 for these shots.
A tripod would have been a whole lot easier, but hey you work with what you have...right?

Thanks for looking and the nice compliment.

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Here is an uncropped, unedited shot for comparison. This was shot at a focal length of 550mm (825mm 35mm equivalent)

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Nice set-up Steve. That lens is an f4 isnt it? How does it work out for you in low light with the D-7000, minus the teleconverter?
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Nice set-up Steve. That lens is an f4 isnt it? How does it work out for you in low light with the D-7000, minus the teleconverter?

The simply answers is, Excellent! Yes f/4. With the tc f/5.6 That lens is just flat out a great performer for wildlife/nature photography. They are not cheap, I saved for over 4years to get that lens and I have been extremely pleased. It's very versatile. It's a better fit for me then a big 500mm or 600mm prime. Half the price too.
I have used on a D300, D7000, I even stuck a D40 behind it. All with excellent results. I have to say the D40 looked a little funny. Tiny body on a mammoth lens. LOL
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