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Old Nov 4, 2014, 11:43 PM   #1
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So I finally got an eagle. Wish he had been closer and flying towards me but you can't always get what you want.
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Old Nov 5, 2014, 7:45 AM   #2
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Beautiful capture Alan.

You did a great job capturing those actions shots, on the 1st the focus went to the grass but the second is spot on.!!

I really like the 3rd picture showing the beautiful background.

Thank you for posting.

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Thanks Marcelo. I know it's no excuse but I wasn't ready for him. My camera was mounted on the tripod but they were taken handheld with the tripod dangling below. I was using the nine focus areas because I had heard that works well fo BIF. Missed the first one anyway. The last two he was just two far away to be shooting handheld at that magnification. The dangling tripod, which was folded up at the time, may have acted like a counterweight similar to what they use for video taping. Having said that, I'm going to try not to make a habit of it.
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I like those shots. You did good to capture those shots under those conditions. Even with all the birds down here, I have very few eagle shots.
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Congrats on nabbing this. We have a few eagles around here but I've never come close.
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What a grab! The times I have seen eagles around here along Lake Texhoma in a protected estuary, they were so far away I couldn't have come anywhere close to something this, using even the 75-300.
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Thanks guys. For some idea of how far off he perched here's the inside of the kiosk looking out. He was actually dining on a perch to the right of the two you can see through the left and center cutouts but it was just as far out. When he nabbed the fish he was maybe only a quarter that distance.

I found it interesting the eagle didn't align the fish nose-first like an osprey does to improve aerodynamics. I'm guessing the eagle has so much power it doesn't have to worry about such things. Either that or he needs to go back to eagle flight-school.

Couple other photos thrown in to show the boardwalk to the kiosk. I think I read it's over 1700 feet long. One of the longest I've been on. It's pretty high off the ground because when things get wet in the winter there's a couple feet of water under it.
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That is a really neat looking nature trail and kiosk. And an interesting observation about the way an osprey rotates the fish for less drag. I had never paid any attention to that before.
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Really nice set!
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Really nice set!
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