I was in Maquoketa last Thursday and had lunch with a great friend.
As I used to do when leaving work, I decided to take the Hurstville Road out-of-town as it goes past the “Duck Pond.” I stopped at the observation deck and was going to watch some of the geese being busy building their nests when I noticed a bald eagle sitting on top of a dead tree about 200 yards away.
I thought, what the heck might as well get another image of an eagle sitting in a tree. Besides there were no obstructions between the eagle and me so it would make a decent shot. I got out of the truck and got my long lens and even thought about setting up my tripod.
Of course when I looked back at the eagle he was already in the air flying away (or so I thought.) He actually was flying towards me. I’ll admit I was a little nervous because I imagined how great it would be to capture a head on shot of an eagle. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a focus lock on him until he was almost over me as the first two images show. I’m thankful they were in focus as I figured I was going to have a half-dozen brown blurry balls.
I couldn’t get him in the center of the frame and was lucky to capture about 6 images of various parts of the eagle. 🙂
As many eagles as I have photographed over the years I still get an adrenaline rush when I see them. Such a magnificent creature!
Enjoy your day and be careful.