As we approach the end of another year (Thank God) I was looking back at the thousands of images I have of eagles and thought it might be fun to post some of my favorite images. You can click on all of the images to reveal a larger more detailed image.
The three images I have for today are all taken of the same eagle and in rapid burst mode. The Nikon D4S has a very fast frame rate and the day was bright and sunny. I used the Nikon 200-500 mm lens.
So this eagle got away with his lunch on this day. I do remember it was very cold and was January 30th 2016. I was at Lock & Dam 14 in LeClaire, Iowa one of my favorite places to photograph eagles. Hope to get back there this year.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have one image for you today. I have around 2,000 images of eagles from last January and February that I have not shown to anyone for a variety of reasons. 2016 was my best year ever for photographing eagles. I found two places last year that were just spectacular for photographing eagles. One of course was Lock and Dam 14 at LeClaire and the other was around the Bee Branch Project. I’m getting excited to go to LeClaire again soon.
I had my post op check up yesterday afternoon and everything looked great. I tested 20/20 vision so I’m thrilled after all those years wearing glasses not to have to wear them anymore. My surgeon asked which procedure I liked the best normal surgery or laser surgery (since I had each eye done differently.) No question the laser surgery was tops in my view. 🙂
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day. Stay warm and be careful.
I will take a brief hiatus from my Nashville trip to show you some images I took yesterday. Jeanne and I did a photo run after having lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Dubuque. We always tend to gravitate to the river and after visiting the 16th Street Basin we went down to the river.
Had some fun photographing some Ring-Billed Gulls and then we went up to the lock and dam. We made all the normal rounds and finally stopped by A. Y. McDonald park where I found these wonderful flowers. I really enjoy photographing flowers but I had the wrong lens for doing so. Well there wasn’t anything I could do about that so I just used the lens I had and it seemed to work very well. Any port in a storm as it goes. 🙂
I’m spending a large amount of time reflecting on my experiences from last week. Many thoughts and emotions to sift through and distill. It definitely had an impact on my thinking and my way at looking at photography. The final result is still to be determined.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Eagle Week – Day 5
I intended to post this on Friday but unfortunately I caught a bug of some kind and was in bed most of the day on Friday. Didn’t feel good Thursday evening and went to bed very early. Glad to report that I’m feeling much better today.
One of the things that I always try for when capturing images of eagles is the actual catch. I think it is what most photographers try to capture. This is not my best effort but it still gives you the idea of what the eagle goes through to get a meal.
So this was going to be the last of my eagle report but I have one more set of images from the shoot that I want to share with you. I’ll post those tomorrow.
This particular image was the last one I shot on Sunday. As you can tell from the warm color of the sun it was the last of the light for the day. 🙂
If I keep feeling better today I will hopefully get out this afternoon and find some more images for you to view.
Thanks as always for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day. Stay well and be careful.
Welcome to Eagle week.
I met a man a few years ago (actually through this blog) by the name of Burt Gearhart and his wife Marylin live in LeClaire, Iowa. Burt is a retired software engineer and an avid photographer. He loves to capture images of wildlife in general but his favorite is eagles. He shoots almost everyday at the wonderful Lock & Dam 14 in LeClaire. It is an eagle photographer’s paradise.
Burt graciously invited Andreas, Jeanne, I to a presentation he was doing in LeClaire about eagles and about his photography. He has some magnificent images of eagles, flying, fishing, fighting, and feeding. He has done a very skilful job. I would link you to his website but I’m not sure what the address is. He has many but some are not updated on a regular basis. (hint.)
So Jeanne and I drove down to LeClaire had lunch and made it to the center where Burt was presenting. We were actually on time. Andreas showed up a few minutes after we did.
It was a wonderful presentation and all the time I was watching it I was getting anxious to get out to the Lock and Dam.
When we arrived at the lock and dam it was wall to wall photographers. The parking lot was liquid mud and there were cameras and big lenses everywhere. I started salivating. 🙂
No room on the observation walkway so I climbed down on some rocks and did some shooting. It was amazing how out of practice I was. I had configured the camera before hand so I didn’t have to worry about that but tracking the birds and keeping up with them proved to be a challenge for awhile. When you don’t do it very often you get rusty.
I shot 855 images with the Nikon D4 | Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens | manual mode 1/1250 sec @ f8.0 | -7 / -1.3 EV | and let the camera pick the ISO. Lots of sunshine so never really had to hit much higher than 640 ISO. I got a lot of trash can shots, some reasonable shots and some pretty darn good shots and then a couple of really lucky shots.
So if you like eagles, stay tuned, I’m showing them (not all 855) in the order they came out of the camera. So please check back cause that’s what I’ll have all week. Thanks to Burt for the invite and as always great to visit and shoot with Andreas.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have some more eagle images for you from my shoot last Saturday. As I lamented earlier, shooting conditions were not very good and I didn’t have the correct lens with me, but it is what it is, so these are what I have. I’m showing you a sequence of images that tell a story of sorts. They are not taken closely together although they are of the same event.
The image above can give you some idea of the shooting conditions. In situations like this when there is a lot of background with different angles and you are trying to capture movement it is possible for the camera to focus on things other than the eagles. Such is not the case here but I’m looking for any crutch I can get. 🙂
Anyway I was following this guy as he circled the dam and would occasionally change course in mid wing flap, but all in all he just wasn’t having much luck.
Then suddenly he pirouetted and headed for the water. As he closed in for the catch my view of him was obstructed by part of the dam structure so I do not have an image of him actually making a catch. But he did make the catch because when he rose above the structure he made a wide sweeping arc back to a set of trees behind me.
There safe from juvenile intruders he devoured his catch. Granted it would have been a more compelling story had I been able to show you close up images of the magnificent eagle seizing the helpless fish in his talons and flying away with his catch. But alas I cannot so this is what I have for you today.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your mid-week hump day. Be careful.