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Old Jan 6, 2010, 2:28 PM   #1
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Other that a few rather long distant shots, this is my first close encounter with a Bald Eagle. A friend at work told me about this nest with two fledglings in it. the first is a shot of the nest from about 100ft away and the other was about half that. Not the best available light but, the best I could do under the circumstances. In the nest shot, I think I can see what looks like a sibling hunkered down in there.


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Old Jan 6, 2010, 3:15 PM   #2
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Congrats on your first Eagle. Now that you know where they are you can keep up with the young'uns.
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that 2nd shot looks pretty good. especially in the shade with mixed lighting. definately someplace to revisit when you can get a little better light.
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Yep, that second shot is a real keeper. I'm jealous. There's actually a nesting pair in my area for the last 3 years but it's in a metroparks area by railroad tracks and river. They want to protect the habitat and not scare off the eagles which I absolutely appreciate. But the area you're allowed to view from is simply too far away to get anything like that. So you're at the mercy of trying to capture them in a tree closer to you (on the other side of the tracks and across the river). I spent about 6 days over the last few years with no photos to show for it but again I am in full support of keeping people far away.

Again, great capture.
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Yessir, that second one is a keeper John. Good job on a difficult (lighting-wise) shot. Congratulations. Cheers, Dan
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Thank you guys,
I think I got pretty lucky on this, The first trip out, I got 3-4 keepers. Its a pretty heavy mass of thick undergrowth with lots of vines that I have to lug my gear through to get a good advantage point but worth it just to sit there and enjoy the scenery. (I took a camp chair) I kept going back every day for about a week then every couple days for several more weeks and never saw another sign of them. I'll be checking on the same nest come this spring and hope to get a few more, hopefully of the adults that have the white feathers. I understand it can take up to 4-5 years for them to develop the white head and tail feathers, something I didn't know a couple years ago.
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Nice goin'! I am a firm believer in LUCK. I'll take all I can get. Super job on the youngster. Keep em coming. Steve
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Nice goin'! I am a firm believer in LUCK. I'll take all I can get. Super job on the youngster. Keep em coming. Steve

Thank you sir, I sure appreciate your complement.
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Hey GW - a great job on that great bird. Was this with your 55-300 lens?
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Hey GW - a great job on that great bird. Was this with your 55-300 lens?

Thank you Mole,
No. This was taken when I still had the Sigma 70-200mm f:2.8. It was a nice medium range telephoto.
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