Meandering with camera…
They made an appearance at the nest again…. of course they’re way across the river pretty much in the shade, but I did the best I could.First look, the pair… looking both ways?
When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
― Winston Churchill
Absolutely breath- taking! Thank you!
They almost look at the camera with a certain level of disdain! Sort of , this our territory and you can’ t do anything about us! Excellent photos.
I think you’re right. They certainly have that disdainful look down to a science. Thank you!
Noķert aparātā tādu cēlumu un lepnumu – tā ir māksla!
Neesmu simt procentīgi apmierināta, bet izdevās puslīdz labi. Putni gan ir lepni.
Such majestic birds. Fabulous captures Gunta! 🙂
We had a lot of eagles in Iowa and one could sometimes see them scavenging in the fields after harvest. They are indeed mighty and beautiful.
I seem to have a love-hate relationship with these scavengers. They are impressive birds, but they are scavengers after all. What irks me most is that they’ll steal a catch from the ospreys. Probably other birds, too.
fantastic, the closest we have are Sea Eagles which are making areturn to the west coast and of course golden eagles but they are usually far far above – binocular range. gorgeous
I stumbled on this nest quite by accident last July. Have been keeping an eye on it ever since. I was thinking they may have abandoned it, but there they were! Thrilling!
What a majestic bird! 🙂
I’m hoping to catch some better shots of them in time.
I’m certain you will!
You did well! Magnificent creatures.
Yeah, except for the scavenger bit. They also have a tendency to steal fish from other birds. But those white heads and tails do make them rather easy to spot.
Oh, how wonderful!
I was a bit worried they had abandoned the nest, but was delighted to see them back again.
Great shots. (I’m off to Google the Bald Eagle – they don’t look bald to me :-)).
I suspect someone mistook that white head for being ‘bald’ back in the day before good lenses. 🙂 They were driven to the point of extinction by the use of DDT, but have made a remarkable recovery.
I’m curious too about why they’re hanging out at the nest. Perhaps it’s just comfy 😉
I don’t check the nest as often as I might because it’s along the longer route to the beach, but I do make it a point to go that way now and again. I’ll continue to keep an eye on it.
You did great. they are fine photos of the magnificent birds.
Any day you see a bald eagle is a good day. Two is even better!
I’ll buy that.
How lucky you are. Great shots.
Very lucky indeed.
Such incredible creatures! You did good, Gunta!!
They are pretty incredible, indeed. Even if Ben Franklin wasn’t too keen for them to be chosen as the National Bird.
Nice shots, particularly the last one!
My Florida eagle which I have blogged about before has just now returned for the winter to the lake I frequent. His favorite food is coots, which have not shown up yet, so rather grumpily he has to settle for fish. 🙂
And yes, that’s my understanding too, some eagles (and Osprey) migrate, some don’t.
I think I was getting the hang of balancing the longer lens by that last shot. Not an easy thing with a pup in my lap wanting to see what was out there. Perhaps the coots know your eagle is hanging out there waiting for them and they’ve found a better neighborhood.
Very good shots! It’s still hard for me to believe that eagles would start nesting this time of year, but the weather is much different out there than here. Some of our eagles are migrating to winter feeding waters right now.
I couldn’t tell you for sure, but I suspect these guys hang around here year round. The climate is surely mild enough and their perch is just above the river. It seems to be hit or miss when they’re actually at the nest, so I doubt that their actually ‘nesting’.
According to http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/ not all eagles migrate. Apparently it depends on food source. So I suspect my guess was correct that mine have no need to go elsewhere since the rivers around here don’t freeze. I suppose the next question might be whether (or why?) they hang around the nest when they’re not breeding.
Not all of ours migrate either, just the ones that nest near water that freezes in the winter. Around here, they also move closer to the Great Lakes to feed on salmon in the fall, and steelhead in the spring.
Eagles are known to hang out around the nest, even the juveniles from last summer. But the two in your photos appear to be working on the nest in the one shot.
Eagles! Nice work – it looks like you coped with the distance issue very well because most of the shots appear to be pretty sharp. The second image is my favorite. We have them here but I haven’t figured out where/how to set up for good captures with a 300 mm. Hope to see more!
Thanks. I didn’t dare get out of the car for fear of spooking them. The first one was shot at 300mm, but I used the 2.0 teleconverter for the individual shots. I’m trying to figure out some sort of beanbag prop to use from inside the car for any future shots, ’cause shooting at 600mm gets pretty iffy.
I don’t use a window tripod but have used both a gun shooters bean bag/rest and a piece of foam pipe insulation (sliced lengthwise to fit over window edge) with some success. Several Bald Eagles winter here, both mature and IM, and their winter diet includes dead deer and dead farm animals.
I once drove half way across the state of Oklahoma just to sit and watch bald eagles for a few hours. They are magnificent!
It seems I’ve been lucky enough to have them somewhere nearby the last 30 years, or so. They are fun to watch. Just think how close we came to wiping them out altogether.
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