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01/14/2010 10:15:29 PM · #1
A friend of mine has turned me on to shooting Eagles. Such a challenge these things are. But I'm loving it, and I think getting a bit better every time I go out. Please post your Eagles photos if you have them.

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Yeah some aren't Eagles but they are shots taken while out looking for Eagles.

Matt

01/14/2010 10:23:49 PM · #2
Would be if I still lived in Idaho, perfect time of year there.
BTW, nice shots..
01/14/2010 10:24:01 PM · #3
Would love to, but don't see them very often. Found one in Minnesota when we went back for Christmas.
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what's funky about this shot is that it looks so fake -- but this is how it actually turned out because of the hazy winter sky.
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01/14/2010 10:32:26 PM · #4
Nice shots Matt and Wendy. I saw 2 eagles today,but they were way to far off in the distance to get a decent shot.I'll have to go back to the area and try again.
01/14/2010 10:38:47 PM · #5
I like to shoot wedge tailed eagles when I get the chance but I don't get the chance very often.
01/14/2010 10:39:28 PM · #6
For those along the Mississippi, here's a link to weekly counts for the locks along the river.

01/14/2010 11:00:12 PM · #7
Thanks Kirbic, unfortunately they don't go as far south as I am. I go to the Alton Il area which is just over from St. Louis. Went a couple of weeks ago and saw 40 on our trip. There have been 4 behind where I work this week due to the river being frozen over. I'm loving it, but really longing for long glass. Canon is sending me a 500MM F4 to evaluate. I might have to add one to the bag.

Matt
01/15/2010 08:00:43 AM · #8
Originally posted by MattO:

Thanks Kirbic, unfortunately they don't go as far south as I am. I go to the Alton Il area which is just over from St. Louis. Went a couple of weeks ago and saw 40 on our trip. There have been 4 behind where I work this week due to the river being frozen over. I'm loving it, but really longing for long glass. Canon is sending me a 500MM F4 to evaluate. I might have to add one to the bag.

Matt


Matt, it sure looks like you are in the hot spot this winter. The prolonged cold we've had seems to have driven them farther south in search of more open water. Last year, lock & Dam 19 had upwards of 400 at some points, this year, not so much, and even worst further north...
01/15/2010 08:42:04 AM · #9
Originally posted by kirbic:

For those along the Mississippi, here's a link to weekly counts for the locks along the river.


yup! That's the only reason I had an eagle shot, it was along the Mississippi in Minnesota. In the spring, you could drive down by Red Wing and see them just sitting out on the ice.
01/15/2010 08:59:04 AM · #10
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01/15/2010 09:14:22 AM · #11
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by MattO:

Thanks Kirbic, unfortunately they don't go as far south as I am. I go to the Alton Il area which is just over from St. Louis. Went a couple of weeks ago and saw 40 on our trip. There have been 4 behind where I work this week due to the river being frozen over. I'm loving it, but really longing for long glass. Canon is sending me a 500MM F4 to evaluate. I might have to add one to the bag.

Matt


Matt, it sure looks like you are in the hot spot this winter. The prolonged cold we've had seems to have driven them farther south in search of more open water. Last year, lock & Dam 19 had upwards of 400 at some points, this year, not so much, and even worst further north...


Actually I meant the link with the Eagle numbers, not the actual birds. LOL We have had a really good year so far with birds. A few of the photos I posted are from about a mile from behind my work, the Mississippi is frozen and they followed a small tributary back to find some open water to fish. I'm having a blast doing this. First year I've ever went out and shot birds at all.

Matt
01/15/2010 09:44:13 AM · #12
I feel like I cheated... but these were taken at a rescue wildlife sanctuary in our area.

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01/15/2010 10:19:19 AM · #13
Originally posted by Tammster:

I feel like I cheated... but these were taken at a rescue wildlife sanctuary in our area.

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You did, but they are still nice photos. :D

Matt
01/15/2010 11:01:53 AM · #14
I'm in Minneapolis and I try to get down to the Red Wing/Wabasha area at least once each spring. They have their annual event SOAR at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha each March. The water stays open at Wabasha year round so a lot of eagles hang out there in the winter. I'll try to remember to add some pictures when I get home tonight.
01/15/2010 12:04:17 PM · #15
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01/15/2010 12:13:32 PM · #16
Nice shots Zues.

For anyone looking to find events. Here is a list by state

BTW Iowa really seems to be the hot spot most years in great numbers.

Matt
01/15/2010 03:32:29 PM · #17
Originally posted by MattO:

Nice shots Zues.

For anyone looking to find events. Here is a list by state

BTW Iowa really seems to be the hot spot most years in great numbers.

Matt

Cool!! Thanks!!

Drat! no Virginia :(
01/15/2010 03:46:58 PM · #18
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01/15/2010 03:48:54 PM · #19
I've shot eagles before.

Pretty tasty. Somewhere between Whooping Crane and Spotted Owl.

;-)
01/15/2010 06:03:51 PM · #20
Originally posted by alanfreed:

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I knew I'd see this...
01/15/2010 06:05:05 PM · #21
Originally posted by dassilem:

Originally posted by alanfreed:

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I knew I'd see this...


Yeah at least he shot one team that made the playoffs this year. :D

Matt
01/15/2010 06:49:31 PM · #22
Yeah, yeah.

I couldn't resist, and I'm sure people would have been disappointed in me otherwise :)

Originally posted by MattO:

Originally posted by dassilem:

I knew I'd see this...


Yeah at least he shot one team that made the playoffs this year. :D
02/10/2010 10:21:17 PM · #23
One more to add
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02/10/2010 10:28:22 PM · #24
Like the OP, I got sucked into shooting eagles this winter when I found out that they hang out along the Delaware Rive, about an hour from my place. I've been out there a bunch of times, and even farther into NY twice. It is a huge challenge to get good shots of them, but it's also a lot of fun.

Photos on my blog:
Eagles - Best day yet!
Eagles
Eagles at sunrise
02/10/2010 10:46:54 PM · #25
Here's a guy who lives with Eagles, or it seems like it anyway.
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