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Old Aug 24, 2011, 10:35 PM   #1
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Still waiting for the parents to arrive.
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 8:19 AM   #2
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 8:43 AM   #3
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Excellent shots! Love #2.

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Old Aug 25, 2011, 9:26 AM   #4
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Great shots of a great subject.
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brilliant. i like the way there are no tags or any sign that these eagles are not wild. most pictures of large predatory birds are from captive birds but these look totally natural.

Great composition also ( birds posture is great in particular) and super sharp.
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 2:08 PM   #6
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Thanks. We have 5 adults around here and I always seem to have the drop on them when I dont have a camera. Figures. Perhaps this evening Ill be in the right place with the right equipment. The distance shot was @75 yds using the D-7k and 300mm f4 with the 1.4 teleconverter. I kept the apeture betwwen f5.6 and 6.3 as they seem to be the sharpest setting with this lens.
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 7:18 PM   #7
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Magnificent birds, thanks for sharing them. Those shots are sweet, I really like that last one, it gives a real feeling for how large their wingspan is. Are you on a cliff? it feels almost like you are up in the trees with them.
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 7:57 PM   #8
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Actually bil, Iam in a blind that is in one of two groves of trees in a large field just off of the Lake. Unfortunately my group of trees are about as close as I can get without exposing myself. While switching between cameras I think that they picked up on the movement and took wing to get a closer look. The younger ones will do this, the adults are not fooled that easily. The shots were taken in the evening with the sun setting. I dont know as if I took the right approach to my settings cause I ramped up the iso to 800 so that I could maintain that apeture sweet spot and still hold a decent shutter speed in the event that they took wing, which they did. As a result the pics turned out with some noise. Went back today but not a feather to be seen. Maybe Friday.
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Thanks for sharing the details behind the shots, makes me feel like I am there watching.

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Old Aug 27, 2011, 8:39 PM   #10
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Went out again today saw a couple adults but didnt have the Hubble telescope in my camera bag so all I got to shoot were juveniles again. I guess Ill have to break out my rabbit suit as a last resort. The top eagle flew in an started intimidating the one to the lower left...made a bit of eye contact...and that was that, time for one to leave.
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