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Old Mar 11, 2007, 9:16 AM   #11
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To say I got lucky with that last shot is a complete understatement. Wow!

At the center, they have three birds that you can pretty much walk up to within a couple feet. The center makes all their money from donations, so they ask for a $5 donation to have you picture taken with the eagle. That's fair.

In the wild, they are all over the place. I was using a Sigma 70-21- with a 2x extender and I could get a lot closer shots than I could ever get with my old Fuji s7000, but still, they tend to keep their distance from people. I'll post some fairly typical shots too. You could probably get closer shots if you are willing to hike through the snowfor a better vantage point, but two things stopped me.
1. They're federally protected, and I didn't feel like pushing my luck disturbing them in their nests.
2. The family was with so abandoning them in the car to get closer would not have gone over well.

This was a pretty typical distance. Two eagles, one in the nest, one outside the nest. The resize makes the one inside the next hard to see. They have spotting scopes that you can use at the center that make these birds look like they're sitting a few feet in front of you. If you go, bring a long lens and a tripod (and binoculars for anyone else tagging along)

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Old Mar 11, 2007, 10:17 AM   #12
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I may have to make this trip. We have plenty of wild eagles near my home, but they are pretty skittish, so it is hard to get shots of them. Thanx for the info...
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 11:18 AM   #13
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Those birds look quite interesting, to say the least. Hope to make the trip there sometimes in the fall or next year. I will probably need a really long lens (Bigma?!).

http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/c...larticle_id=52

It would be really interesting to get a shot while they go for the fish.
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 11:32 AM   #14
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I am going down Tuesday when thre won't be many people.

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Old Mar 11, 2007, 12:22 PM   #15
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Great shot's - Ronny
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 4:56 PM   #16
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enjoy yourself tom(dog).
looks like a good place to take the 500.

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I am going to take the 500 along just in case!

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Old Mar 11, 2007, 6:21 PM   #18
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When you go, take the wife (or someone) along with you to watch for nests. My wife spotted two nests long before I did, both with eagles in them, and they aren't that hard to find....unless you're also trying to drive.....

Here's a tip for next weekend....should be prime time for shooting drunks staggering the streets of St. Paul.:blah:
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