Bald Eagle – Straight Ahead!

Even though it is a holiday and I didn’t need to get up at the crack of dawn to head to work, I did anyways, so I could head out for an early morning walk with Spencer and hopefully catch a few nice photos of the sunrise or the herons (which I did!).  I’d already snapped over 130 photos on our hour walk, so I decided to put my camera away.  I’ve beaten myself up before about putting my camera away before getting to the car, and hopefully today will have driven that point through my thick skull!

I don’t know if it was a sound or the movement over the water that caught my attention, but I looked to the right over the river, and heading towards me at top speed was a bald eagle.  Thank goodness I took my camera in my sling bag, not my backpack, as I was able to get it out in time, turn it on, and snap a few photos.  I am seriously grateful I put my camera into auto ISO mode earlier on the walk (I actually didn’t realize it was possible on M to use auto ISO on this camera – so much still to learn about the new body!) but I’m sure that is what kept me from having a bunch of photos either over or under exposed.

The perfect ending to a beautiful sunrise walk :) 1/100sec, f6.3, ISO360
The perfect ending to a beautiful sunrise walk 🙂
1/100sec, f6.3, ISO360
Getting closer!
Getting closer!
A very intense look to have coming at you at top speed! 1/100sec, f6.3, ISO280
A very intense look to have coming at you at top speed!
1/100sec, f6.3, ISO280
I did not crop this photo; the eagle really was this close.  I had my lens at the maximum reach of 300mm, but I am still quite shocked just how close the eagle passed in front of us.  I'm very grateful I keep Spencer on a short leash at all times, because I imagine to an eagle he looks like breakfast. 1/1000sec, f6.3, ISO560
I did not crop this photo; the eagle really was this close. I had my lens at the maximum reach of 300mm, but I am still quite shocked just how close the eagle passed in front of us. I’m very grateful I keep Spencer on a short leash at all times, because I imagine to an eagle he looks like breakfast.
1/1000sec, f6.3, ISO560
My last view of this majestic eagle this morning; moments later he was obscured by trees. 1/10023c, f6.3, ISO160
My last view of the majestic eagle this morning; moments later he was obscured by trees.
1/10023c, f6.3, ISO160

0 Replies to “Bald Eagle – Straight Ahead!”

  1. AWESOME capture of this fabulous creature! So cool how nature “showed-up” for you today – Love that!! Amazing images!

    1. Thank you so much! Hopefully I’ve finally learned my lesson though, and won’t pack up so early. There were a few tense moments when I didn’t think I’d get a focus point!

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