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Old Jan 24, 2014, 7:42 PM   #1
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Default The eagle has landed...

But not for long. He was pretty fidgety and didn't like me there.
Didn't have time to set up the CAS and multi format that I like for bird shots. Took too long to get the BIF shot and he was away into the trees.
That second one I missed the 'eye' focus with the 70-300

The old E500. 215mm 1/1600 @f6.3 Pictures cropped to get the power lines out..

Fun though. I was on my way to show a house and happened on him.
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Old Jan 24, 2014, 8:09 PM   #2
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Congrats Ken. Those are excellent eagle shots. And they really look good against the beautiful blue sky. Good job!!

(I'm jealous; as I have been shooting a mama eagle in the nest this week, but the nest is so far away that I can not get close enough to get any decent shots of her and the two baby eagles.)
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Very nice Ken.......
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Thanks guys. With all the eagles we have around here, being close....when you have your camera is harder than you think.

Post a family shot when they all come out Steven
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Very nice Ken. Interesting to see all the colors in the "black" feathers that we don't usually get so see. Almost iridescent.
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Very nice Ken. Interesting to see all the colors in the "black" feathers that we don't usually get so see. Almost iridescent.
Especially the second one where I missed my focal point. Spot focusing at 400mm, hand held in a rush, is my excuse. Caught the focus on his back nicely..
I comped at +.7 so I wouldn't blow the white.
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Nice shots and truly a magnificent bird.
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Thanks guys. With all the eagles we have around here, being close....when you have your camera is harder than you think.

Post a family shot when they all come out Steven
Here you go. Now you know why I'm jealous of your shots. I'm at least 300 yards away from the nest, and can't get any closer to that tree. Sorry for the poor shot quality. I'm just too far away to get better quality.

Here is the mom:


Here you can see the two little ones.
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Got to get yourself a cherry picker Steve...

Nice shots that tell the story though.

I got lucky getting as close as I did with that guy. I had to drive past him to get the light and he was twitchy when I got out of the car. Had to walk into the field under him to keep the power lines out.
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Thanks Ken. But I don't think I can afford a cherry picker. LOL

I also realized a made a typo in my description. The distance to the tree was probably between 300-400 feet, not yards. If it was 300 yards I would never have even spotted the nest.
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