Bald Eagle Close Up – 4 Year Old

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A few years ago I had some wonderful photo ops with this 4-year-old Bald Eagle at Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area, it often perched on an old wooden pole by the boat launch (before they stuck a bat house on the pole it was a favorite for raptors, I hope the bat house rots and falls off soon). The Bald Eagle had left its perch to go fishing in the water and an American Kestrel took over the pole.

Well the Eagle didn’t like that it seemed because when it saw the Kestrel it came flying back to the pole rather quickly and took back its perch.

I didn’t have time to zoom back since the Eagle flew in so fast which is how I got this close up. Normally I wouldn’t like having the wings clipped in a frame but I think it works with this image.

4 year old Bald Eagle close up – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 200, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Mia McPherson, OntheWingPhotography.com

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Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and an avian photographer. Mia first become serious about bird photography when she moved to Florida in 2004. Her recent move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing them. With so many birds species there easily accessible it wasn’t long before she was hooked. By learning more about each species, she can anticipate their behaviour and create opportunities to obtain ever better images of those species.

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Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and an avian photographer. Mia first become serious about bird photography when she moved to Florida in 2004. Her recent move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing them. With so many birds species there easily accessible it wasn’t long before she was hooked. By learning more about each species, she can anticipate their behaviour and create opportunities to obtain ever better images of those species.

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Linda
Linda

Excellent shot!
I love the “speckle effect” on the head and in the wings!

Mia McPherson

Thank you Linda!