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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default The Eagle Family of Long Lake, Maine

What could be more American than a wild Bald Eagle and it's young taken on July 4th weekend?

These were taken with the E-M1 and Zuiko 70-300mm from a rocking boat. Bright sunlight against a blue sky, didn't do any real messing with the settings but let the camera pick. I find this camera so much faster and better at focusing in a situation like this, it's a real joy to use, no more trying to place the little focus target on the subject, it just seems to nail it All were cropped, some more than others.

This nest sits on a tall pine on an island close to shore called mosquito island possibly because it is very small. I was told the birds come back year after year to this nest building a bit more into it. They have currently 2 young sitting in the nest, the young remain brown with red legs for 2 full years before they molt into the iconic black with white head and yellow talons. This nest has two juvenile eagles and one adult standing watch while the other adult is out hunting.

P7060171 by ramcewan, on Flickr

a very heavy crop

P7060216-2 by ramcewan, on Flickr

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The two juveniles

P7060195 by ramcewan, on Flickr


I hope to go back to this nest again in calmer waters, maybe on kayak.
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........beautiful birds and very well done. I've yet to see a wild Bald Eagle.
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Dang, ramcewan, you did it again. Nice captures.
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Bob and Chi, thanks for your kind words, I'm privileged to be able to capture them.

Here's one more showing the two juvenile's and adult

P7060146 by ramcewan, on Flickr

and a less cropped version of the second shot above

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They are beautiful, magnificent creatures. It's easy to see why they were selected as the national symbol.
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Great Ramcewan. I've tried to get some shots (we actually have quite a few in the area, including a nesting pair within the city limits of Pittsburgh) but have always failed/not been close enough.
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Very nice shots ramcewan
Beautiful shots of Beautiful Birds
Very well done from a rocking boat
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Nice shots Ramce. I have read that the best f stop for sharpness is f8/f11 and wondering which f stop you shot these at. Were you shooting 1/1000 or slower?
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They are beautiful, magnificent creatures. It's easy to see why they were selected as the national symbol.
Yes I agree.

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Great Ramcewan. I've tried to get some shots (we actually have quite a few in the area, including a nesting pair within the city limits of Pittsburgh) but have always failed/not been close enough.
I was surprised at how little bothered they were by us in the boat below their perch and the other boat that was right in the area. I guess it is their nature to not be scared sitting at the top of the food chain and their habit to have one adult sit at the nest that makes them easier than most birds to photograph perched.

The guy who took us out there had a pretty sweet shot of one of the adults returning to the nest with a fish in it's talon's hanging on his wall. I'd like to get one of those although I think it would require a bit of waiting.

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Very nice shots ramcewan
Beautiful shots of Beautiful Birds
Very well done from a rocking boat
Thanks, I must give credit to the excellent IBIS of the E-M1.

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Nice shots Ramce. I have read that the best f stop for sharpness is f8/f11 and wondering which f stop you shot these at. Were you shooting 1/1000 or slower?
James, I didn't really do too much messing with the settings, most were shot at 1/500 and ISO200 with f8 aperture. I'd probably have done better with 1/800 or faster shutter, but even at the slower shutter the IBIS of the E-M1 produced decent images in my opinion.

I hope to go back again on calmer waters at some point this summer. If I kayak (which will be a decent paddle) I should be able to get much closer than we were in a power boat, I'll also have more time to sit and shoot.
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Yes, not bad images at all, especially from a rocking boat and 1/500 of a second. I would love to have that opportunity. There is a nesting pair around here but they are pretty well protected by the DNR and you would need one hell of a long lens to capture them.
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