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bill_w 12-01-2011 07:34 AM

Surprise Bald Eagle
 
My dad and I went out shooting and though had some good sightings, photography wise the day was almost a bust. We were about to leave Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge when my father wanted to stop and shoot some Mallards.. I quickly told him that there was no chance that they would stick around for any kind of shot and probably would fly away. Insisting we go to the local park if he wanted to take pics of ducks.. I almost had to laugh, for as soon as we stepped out of the car, the ducks started taking off... well it wasn't necessarily because of us.. two Bald Eagles decided to buzz the area!!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7150/6...38211bd4_b.jpg

They neat thing was that the wind was blowing pretty strong off the Chesapeake Bay, so one almost hovered as it tried to land on a near-by utility pole

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7162/6...e86c5eb6_b.jpg


Then when it landed.. it made sure to let us know that it was his spot!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7172/6...4b607436_b.jpg


Unfortunately though, the clouds were heavy and the sky grey.. Sun only started to peek out for a moment, but wasnt quite enough for these shots... but both my father and I got some decent shots from it :)

amycramer 12-01-2011 07:58 AM

Re: Surprise Bald Eagle
 
Great series, Bill! The first one is a stellar capture, but my fav is the third one. Amazing detail in the feathers. K to ya.

Padre 12-01-2011 08:37 AM

Re: Surprise Bald Eagle
 
Very nice Bill. The clarity is excellent. I'd consider cropping up past the bolt on the 3rd one.

Foothill Fotog 12-01-2011 09:10 AM

Re: Surprise Bald Eagle
 
AWESOME shots with #3 being my favorite. Cloning out the bolt would be pretty easy using Photoshop.

Mark

Frogstar 12-01-2011 09:17 AM

Re: Surprise Bald Eagle
 
Fantastic shots Bill. 1st and 3rd shots are stunning. Agree about cropping the bolt and I would also consider upping the vibrance and saturation on both. Definitely worth some K.

ScubaDude 12-01-2011 12:40 PM

Re: Surprise Bald Eagle
 
Outstanding. I can't pick a fav. I don't know if I'd clone out the bolt, but it looks like there's a little bird poo or something on the top-right corner of the post; I'd clone that out.

Gautam 12-01-2011 12:53 PM

Re: Surprise Bald Eagle
 
Excellent shots Bill, specially like the pose of the last one

Luckyjon 12-02-2011 11:09 PM

Re: Surprise Bald Eagle
 
Hi Bill, really excellent series of awesome photos.

trulie98 12-02-2011 11:13 PM

Re: Surprise Bald Eagle
 
Amazing shots, congrats on the find!

gilfish 12-03-2011 12:31 AM

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Magnificent!


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