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Old Mar 7, 2011, 1:41 PM   #1
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Default I shot an Eagle- (No, I didn't play golf)

Sometimes things just work themselves out. My wife HAD to have a pedicure today. Since her arm is in a cast, driving herself anywhere is out of the question. So, I drove "Miss Daisy" to the nail salon and dropped her off. The procedure was going to take an hour so I didn't have much time to do anything meaningful. But, I was very close to the Xcambas boat launch area. I went there, sat down with the E-30, 50-200mm + EC14. I decided to try the EC-14 to compare performance against the EC-20 which I've become accustomed to the last few days.

Well, I think I should buy a lottery ticket because I was fortunate enough to have an Eagle fly overhead being chased away by an Osprey. I've never seen an Eagle before much less have a chance at photographing one.

Here is my shot:

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Old Mar 7, 2011, 2:05 PM   #2
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Fantastic Zig!! You should go out right and buy a Florida lottery ticket, I think that you are on a roll!!!!!!

(P.S. -- In one week you have surpassed my total BIF keeper shots that took me years to accumulate. Well done!)

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Amazing!
No, not the photo although it is better than any have.
The fact that you've never seen a Bald Eagle. (Balde was the olde English Shakesperean word for white head) I've just had 2 fly by this morning and see them every day...and never got a shot.

You're hot, must be the change in climate.
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Really great photo, Zig. But you have to stop this, it's making me crazy. This is what greeted me this morning:




Yep, daffodils surrounded by snow.

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Amazing!
No, not the photo although it is better than any have.
The fact that you've never seen a Bald Eagle. (Balde was the olde English Shakesperean word for white head) I've just had 2 fly by this morning and see them every day...and never got a shot.

You're hot, must be the change in climate.
I have never seen more bald eagles than I did when I went sailing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You live in an unusual area, Ken. Most of us are not that fortunate.

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Really great photo, Zig. But you have to stop this, it's making me crazy. This is what greeted me this morning:


Yep, daffodils surrounded by snow.

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Hi Ted,

I totally understand......I'll back off ............ my enthusiasm peaked with today's photo of the Eagle.


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Great shot Zig, you are on a roll for sure. Did you capture the Osprey as well. I went to Pa last weekend in hopes of seeing some eagles on the Delaware and had no luck.
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Great shot Zig, you are on a roll for sure. Did you capture the Osprey as well. I went to Pa last weekend in hopes of seeing some eagles on the Delaware and had no luck.
Hi Eric,

I did try and take some photos of the Osprey, but when I realized that it was attacking an eagle, I stopped and just concentrated on getting a decent shot of the eagle.

I'm sorry to hear that you had no luck in Delaware. My understanding is that they are relatively common in that state

Actually, I really am glad to see all these healthy birds having chicks. It says a lot about the health of the ecosystem.


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Actually, I really am glad to see all these healthy birds having chicks. It says a lot about the health of the ecosystem.
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Apparently bald eagles have made a huge comeback after the DDT/eggshell problem of the late 1990s. The northern Mississippi/Missouri river basin areas have regained huge eagle populations. Northern Greg probably can add his experience to this discussion.

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