Backyard Bald Eagles
Today, January 31, 2016, as every day at anywhere between 11:00am and 2:00pm our Bald Eagles show up for their lunch break. Sometimes one will show up, sometimes both at different time, and sometimes together—and sometimes they bring the kids! Today the 2-year old showed up buy himself first.
Did a circle and hid himself in a tree. Then one adult came along and bathed.
These are just a few of the 252 shots I took in a 5-minute session—mostly at 10 frames per second.
These birds usually fly as soon as they see me, so I try to stay under cover, and move slowly. The Eagles vision is 42 times greater than humans, so not much gets by them. Today I approached under cover of the large Live Oak in my backyard—in a path completely out of his sight. As soon as I slowly brought my camera around the tree trunk, I got his icy stare. I guess I’d feel the same way if I caught someone taking pictures of me in the shower :-).
However, today he finished his bath and shook himself dry.
These photos may not present our national emblem at its most well-groomed dignity. But that’s life!
All of these photos were taken with a Canon 7D Mark II, and a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II lens.
Settings: Av Mode, widest aperture, ISO 400, speeds varied from 1/2000 to 1/500 sec.
‘Til next time, thanks for stopping by.