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Old May 7, 2009, 8:32 AM   #1
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I found this Eagle nest just off the path in a nature park about a mile from my home. When I first saw it, I thought well, I'll never be able to get a good shot at it from this distance. then I thought well why not hike into the woods and get closer? So, I did. still not the greatest lighting conditions but I'll keep em till I get some better ones. Don't know where mom & pop were but I got one of the juveniles and if you look real hard you can see the head of another in the nest.
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Not sure what he had in its beak, or why. maybe a pine needle.
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Old May 7, 2009, 9:29 AM   #2
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very nice shots
but i thought bald eagles had white heads?
or is it a youngster?
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Old May 7, 2009, 9:29 AM   #3
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GW,

Wow!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful pictures of immature eagles and nest. How high up were they and what lens did you use? You are lucky to have something like that so close to home.

One of the natural gas companies in MA had a video camera set up at an eagles nest and had live feed over the internet. That is the closest I have been to an eagles nest other than when visiting in Alaska. Nice work!

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Old May 7, 2009, 10:40 AM   #4
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Thank you Dave,
Yes, its a Juvenile, can't wait for it to grow up!

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Old May 7, 2009, 10:49 AM   #5
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Hey Lou,
Thank you for the compliment.
They were about 50 feet up, I'm using the Sigma 70-200 F:2.8
. It's a nice lens but, most times I wish I had gotten the Big Ma. I thought I could get away with using the 2x converter and still have a relatively fast long lens, not the best choice.
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Magnificent bird, You did really well to capture his magnificence, well worth the hunt.
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I'd keep them regardless of whatever else you capture. Nice job!
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Magnificent series, if I have to choose a fav, it will be the second one. But the combination of all make it a story.
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Beautiful shots - such great detail and emotional appeal. Thanks!
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Well done! I really like the second one because of the level of detail. I tried the 70-200 + TC for a while as a way to get quality without springing for the Bigma. I got some good shots, but overall, the experiment was not a success, so I saved money for a while.

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