Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #48: Wild

This week, Tina’s theme is wild. She offers us a range of opportunities to explore. My choice is Bald Eagle.

On the way to the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area for birding, my friend who was the driver spotted a Bald Eagle on the tree. Several SUVs and trucks were already parked on the side road. Photographers were all lined up and standing by their gears, cameras were all mounted on tripods, and lenses faced toward this creature. It was eventful, say the least.

This female eagle was on top of a tall tree behind these branches, a couple of yards away from her nest. Under the tree, everyone was waiting patiently and hoping to get some cool action shots. I had my camera set continuous mode, shutter speed priority, and AI Servo, no tripod. She was just sitting there watching us.

As you can tell from the photo below she was not pleased with the crowd and those cameras. I hand held my camera as long as I could and got a few shots from different angles as she was on the tree.

The next day, we saw another Mama Bald Eagle on a tree guarding her babies. Every once a while she turned her head from side to side. She probably was waiting for Papa to bring fish to their babies.

This one below was nesting up, no action. That day I had no luck with warblers either, because of the wind, fog, shower, whatever…

A day later, when we were walking toward the refuge, my friend shouted out “look up!”. I quickly aimed my camera upward, at that moment I knew it was a big bird, but I had no idea I was aiming a Bald Eagle. This one did a fast circle above us which made difficult for the camera to follow him, he then quickly landed on a tree. I think he was playing a trick on us. Luckily, I got my first ever Bald Eagle in flight shot. I couldn’t be happier.

The Egret in flight shot was so difficult. ๐Ÿ™‚

“At least one parent remains with young almost constantly for first 2 weeks. Both parents bring prey to nest, tearing food into small pieces and feeding it directly to young at first; after 3-6 weeks, young begin pecking at food dropped in nest. In seasons when prey is scarce, only largest young may survive. Age at first flight about 10-12 weeks.”ย  ~ audubon.org

Tina’s hosts this week’s L-A Theme–Wild. Please check her Wild post, you will be glad you did.

I’m taking a break, will be back in two weeks.

93 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #48: Wild

  1. Wildlife photography requires both patience and hyperspeed reflexes . Last autumn I went to the the Nature Photographers exhibition/competition at the Natural History Museum in London. There was information about all the 100 top ranked photos and the photographers who took the shots.All of them had waited for hours or days or even weeks in the heat or cold or the wet or sometimes right in water to get those captures. My hat is of to them and to you as well. That eagle in flight and the egret would be worth submitting to the competition in my opinion.

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    • Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, Anne. I depend on my luck a lot. I noticed the same photographers staying on the same spot almost everyday during our birding trip. I admire their patience.
      I’m so glad I have a chance to share my lucky shots with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. I can take time to photograph flowers, but depend on my luck when photograph birds. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Sunday!

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  2. What a perfect post for the Wild theme, Amy. Your shots of the bald eagle and egret in flight are marvelous! Your patience was rewarded and we get to enjoy the results!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Beautiful captures dear Amy, they’re such beautiful birds. It looks as if they are on high guard, which is natural during the nesting season. There is a fine balance to be found when tours are organised at this time of year so that the groups don’t cause stress to the wildlife xxx

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  5. A few years ago I went up to Brackendale to see the January eagle run but I only had a 200 zoom and all my photos just were full of all these annoying white specks which turned out to be the heads of the eagles; next time I’ll head out with a better zoom!

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    • Hope youโ€™ll get good shots. Iโ€™m not familiar with the eagle run, sounds exciting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  6. We had a bald eagle that nested near our cottage on the lake in Maine. The few times it flew directly overhead, I never had my camera with me. Congratulations, you got beautiful captures.

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  7. Amazing, Amy! And thrilling, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have never seen an eagle in a natural setting and I would be beside myself with joy if I had the encounter. Your photos are amazing!

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