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Old Jan 29, 2011, 8:40 AM   #1
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This was my first visit to the nest this year. This is my third year, I know residents who have witnessed at least five years use of this site. There has been at least one chick photographed in the nest this year. Last year three chicks were raised to flight status. During my visit I saw no sign of the chick, a photographer that had been there an hour before I arrived had seen the chick a few times. The nest site is being closed in on by surrounding trees and it is difficult to get good shots, distance is also a problem.. Sometimes the wind will blow branches out of the way. While there the adults spent most of their time on some dead trees west of the nest. Brief trips were made with some soft nest material that was spred around the nest. No great photos yesterday, just documentation of what I observed.

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Old Jan 29, 2011, 8:54 AM   #2
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Well I hope you'll get to see the chicks too; Love the first shot. These birds are so beautiful!
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Nice composition on that first show Ed!
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Great shots and I really admire your patience.

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Old Jan 29, 2011, 7:46 PM   #5
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Shooting conditions look very difficult, the pictures are quite nice. Do you leave the lens set to manual focus set to infinity, since the TC doesn't allow for SDM? Then let the TC do the actual focus if any is needed? Some day I'd like to get the 1.7 AFA, I wouldn't mind something longer than 300.
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Shooting conditions look very difficult, the pictures are quite nice. Do you leave the lens set to manual focus set to infinity, since the TC doesn't allow for SDM? Then let the TC do the actual focus if any is needed? Some day I'd like to get the 1.7 AFA, I wouldn't mind something longer than 300.
The AF 1.7 adapter acts like a focus limiter on a long lens. I manually set focus to a range range just short of infinity and the adapter will focus in a range from about 80 feet to infinity.

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The first shot is really impressive Ed. It's too bad you can't get a clear shot of the nest, but I'm sure the eagles chose that spot specifically because it's well sheltered.
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Ed. Do these birds remain on/by the nest all year round ? Or breed more than once a year ?
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Ed. Do these birds remain on/by the nest all year round ? Or breed more than once a year ?
They breed once a year and migrate north after the chicks are on their own. They usually show up around the nest in late November or early December. They lay eggs in December. Chicks are usually flying by April.

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Nice capture, Ed!
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