Eagle Season – 2021-2022!

A couple months ago, I had lunch with an old friend who had moved away and returned for a visit. In the course of catching up, he chastised me for not blogging – especially my steam locomotive images. As you can see, it still took me a while to decide to share any images. My apologies!

The 2021-2022 Eagle Season has been wonderful for me. I’m getting more and better shots than I have at any time. I credit the Eagles for being accessible and patient, but I also credit the upgrades to my camera kit. A little over a year ago, I went mirrorless and purchased a Canon EOS R5. I worked it out at the Nevada Northern Railway Photo Workshop in February (and I did share those images!), through the summer in our travels to Glacier and North Cascades National Parks, and again in Ely at the big 81 weekend (celebrating Trains magazine’s 81 years of publication and Locomotive 81’s triumphant return to the track) in October.

For my return to blogging, I’ve chosen to start with Eagle images. In early December, my youngest son and I had planned a ride in our side by side. The weather didn’t cooperate (it would have been a very chilly ride) so we changed the plan, loaded cameras into the F-150, and headed out in search of Eagles. As we drove into the ‘Hot Zone,’ the area where I’ve had great success finding Eagles, I stopped and reminded him to keep an eye on the trees on his side of the truck. He immediately responded, ‘…like that one right there!’ Sure enough, in a tree no more than 20 yards away sat a gorgeous Bald Eagle. I pulled off the road and ran back to start shooting.

For the most part, he posed in a very dignified manner…
…but then he tired of us…
…and flew away!

As part of my new kit, I also purchased a Canon RF 800 f/11 lens. This lens, with its 800 mm focal length, allows me to bring my subjects close and fill the frame. This lens has a fixed aperture (f/11), allowing me to use a shutter priority mode and be ready for movement. The eye tracking focus feature in the R5 camera body keeps the focus point on the eye as the subject moves. The picture above illustrates how well those features work together to make a great picture.

Not all the subjects are that close, and the 800 mm focal length is constantly challenged. My camera is up to that challenge, however, as the following images show.

…easy to spot but a challenge to shoot against the dark tree…
…the shallow depth of field is perfect for wildlife pictures…
…I’m not sure what he got into, but he looks fairly intense…
…and then he got bored, and yawned like the rest of us…
…sometimes they are very serious…
…and sometimes they just look pastoral as they survey the river for food…
…this subject was in a tree not far from where my friend and I were standing…
…but chose to relocate to this tree a much farther distance away…
…and sometimes I get lucky and catch the subject adjusting position…

There’s more to follow as I continue to venture out, so stay tuned. Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

3 thoughts on “Eagle Season – 2021-2022!

  1. So overwhelmingly gorgeous! Makes me ant to redo my decor and just do eagles I won’t, but your photos tempt me! Now I’ll go back and read your post

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  2. Awesome. Glad you are well. Hello to your bride.

    On Thu, Jan 20, 2022, 10:37 AM The PHOTOROGR Project wrote:

    > The PHOTOROGR Project posted: ” A couple months ago, I had lunch with an > old friend who had moved away and returned for a visit. In the course of > catching up, he chastised me for not blogging – especially my steam > locomotive images. As you can see, it still took me a while to decide to” >

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