Four years ago, in January 2009, I took my then new 100-400mm Canon lens to the Mississippi River to try it out on the Bald Eagles that were so numerous that year. I had never used the lens before and I was still shooting on auto with my EOS 40D, but I could not have asked for better test subjects.
This year we are experiencing rain instead of snow in January (and it is the first precipation we’ve had in far too long). It is also too warm to push down-river hundreds of eagles like we had that year. Like this juvenile honing his hunting skills.
I’ve never archived these images off my laptop because I guess they hold some kind of sentimental value for me.
So last night I decided I could share of few of these first pictures with you.
An ode to snow.
Great shots Lisa! The bald eagle is a gorgeous bird. 🙂
Thanks, H.J.! I have never seen so many eagles again. I bet the fish don’t know what hit them when they’re grabbed by those big yellow talons.
I love my 100-400 lens on my 7Ds. It really supplements my 500mm and is easier to handle. I love that 5th photo of yours, Lisa, the juvie seemingly attacking something.
Thanks Bob. I am truly flattered! I think the juvenile wound up doing nothing more than landing but it looks like he was attempting to grab something.
Lisa: Thank you so much for those amazing photographs. What a viewing pleasure.
Thank you so much, Peggy, for visiting my blog and for the comment!
Terrific photos of the bald eagles Lisa! And Wow! A Tree full of eagles! Amazing!
Any day you get to see and photgraph bald eagles is a great day, but a bunch of them is even better!
Thanks so much, Phil, for your gracious comment. I can’t imagine I was too comfortable with the lens at that point so I have to hand it to the eagles that were everywhere.
Looks like you did quite well with the 100-400. 🙂
After checking our your blog and your fantastic photos, I am inspired (and challenged) to look for more Bald Eagles in the next few weeks.