Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Another First: Golden Eagle

During my recent visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Willard and I noticed a photographer with a “Big” lens set up aimed at a clump of trees. It took a few moments to locate the bird that had captured his attention as it was well camouflaged in the shadows among the dense evergreens. It took me even longer to figure out what it was, my very first Golden Eagle sighting!

With the golden sitting in the shade and the distance involved I was unable to get an acceptable image. An hour later we returned to find that the sun was now lighting the bird making photography possible with my rig.


I’m will continue hunting these magnificent birds in hopes of better captures but for now I am happy to have had the privilege to have photographed America’s two most magnificent raptors.




17 comments:

Shellmo said...

Beautiful! Congrats!

photowannabe said...

Magnificent is right. You were so fortunate. Terrific shot.

Craig Glenn said...

You can never be disapointed with eagles! Have you ever seen Hannibal's Animals? She too has some awesome Eagle photo's.

You can find her at
http://hannibalsanimals.blogspot.com

Craig

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

This is a beautiful raptor Coy. You captured it well. What a great sight that must have been for you. These first sightings and pictures are what make it all worth while. Thanks for sharing.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Many wonderful photos since last time I visited your blog. I haven´t got a chance to capture a decent shot of an eagle yet. I hope I some day will. They are great looking birds.

Chris said...

Hi,
At least you got to see it!!! Congrats it is a nice picture too!!

Abe Lincoln said...

You are lucky. THis is a nice shot.

I am still waiting for one to land in my backyard, but I would break my own rules and walk across the street to photograph a Golden Eagle.

They are supposed to be a couple of pairs in the general area but I have not seen them around this area.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Kathy said...

Glad you were able to photography him. He's a big bird. Great shot.

This DVM's Wife's Life said...

It's not very often you have that opportunity to see and capture one on film, digitally I mean! I once saw one while in central Montana. They have a huge wingspan! Glad you had this chance.

This DVM's Wife's Life said...

It's not very often you have that opportunity to see and capture one on film, digitally I mean! I once saw one while in central Montana. They have a huge wingspan! Glad you had this chance.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great capture.Each new bird is a thrill.
Blessings,Ruth

Ranger said...

Coy: Great pictures. I love seeing your work. Keep it up. Ranger

Eric Ripma said...

Nice shot. Both Eagles are so much fun to watch.

fishing guy said...

Salty: That is a special capture of a neat bird.

Mel said...

Eagles are such beautiful birds! Lucky you!! Watching it in the wild!

Bird Girl said...

Awesome! I sure wouldn't have been able to ID this Golden eagle - I would have thought it to be an immature Bald eagle. Lucky you to see this bird!!!

Leedra said...

Congrats on the new bird, I also would have thought immature Bald Eagle.

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