Friday, January 27, 2012

Lucky Break

After raining yesterday afternoon and throughout the night the precipitation stopped this morning.  As usual on my days off I headed out at daybreak hoping to capture some wildlife images however things didn't work out as I had hoped for.  For one thing the wild turkeys apparently chose a different route leaving the roost and never came into view.  A beautiful fox squirrel did show up and perched in a nearby tree cutting a walnut but before I could get the shot he spooked.

Heading home with no pixels exposed, I was a little disappointed with the morning's outcome.  Rounding a bend in the road I noticed a large bird perched in a roadside tree.  With no traffic behind me I pulled the car to the side.  Swinging the door I open braced the 600mm between the door and the body.  Shooting against a gray sky can be problematic so I dialed in a +1 exposure compensation to keep the subject from being too heavily exposed. 

Whether hunting with a weapon or a camera a few seconds can make the difference between returning home empty handed or with a smile on ones face.  This morning I was all smiles!

13 comments:

Steve Ferendo said...

Nice shot. I'd rather be lucky than good any day.

Lois Evensen said...

Wow, just gorgeous! We are on the road for a few days and I've spotted some large birds high in the trees while My Honey is driving at 70 mph. No way I can get pictures. Your picture is wonderful.

Antonette said...

Absolutely stunning! I'm very jealous.

TexWisGirl said...

absolutely lucky! go buy a lotto ticket!

Montanagirl said...

Wow - What a lucky find! Fabulous shot!

Elaine said...

Oh, yeah!! Timing is everything.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You should be smiling. That picture is fantastic.

JimB said...

Great Job!!!! Love the composition and gray skies really help set birds off!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Nice composition. Great catch on the eagle!

Larry Ostby said...

I'm smiling with you, great shot.

Outdoor Watercooler said...

That is an amazing shot.

eileeninmd said...

AWEsome shot of the Eagle!

heyBJK said...

Great job, Coy! Love that shot!