The ’22-’23 Eagle Season is Underway!

Well, the Eagles and the Photography Gods have been very good to me in this young Eagle Season! I started heading to my regular area in early November and was not disappointed. I have not come up empty for Eagles this year (knock on wood!). I don’t always get pictures, but I see them. This Season has also provided some bonus pictures. Read on!

I have been most fortunate with my action shots this Season. I’ve had my camera up and ready when they take off!

I amazed myself with this one! I haven’t had luck in the past ‘getting glass on’ a flying subject, much less getting a usable image.

One of the greatest challenges with Eagles is getting proper exposure, especially in full sun. Their bodies are dark brown and their heads are white (I know, that’s obvious!), so how does one get an exposure that works? Well, I generally underexpose the keep the head from being ‘blown out’ (meaning totally white with no detail and no recoverable data) because software is much better at recovering detail in the shadows (darker areas of an image). The key is to watch the histogram while shooting to ensure that there will be usable data.

This guy was out on a blustery day. Note the feathers being moved around by the wind. He doesn’t look happy, but Eagles always look like that. They’re just serious.

I can’t help but think about vampires when I look at this picture. But I know he doesn’t want to drink my blood!

Another thing that amazes me about Eagles is the position of their wings in flight. A fully mature Eagle’s wingspan extends over 6 feet – wider than most people are tall! And yet, they are so graceful in flight.

While this Eagle appears to be out of control, he was just taking flight.

Here’s the bonus content!

Kingfishers are small and fast, and very camera shy! I saw this guy across the river and was able to capture him in pixels before he took flight!

When I’m in the ‘hot zone’ in the area I look for Eagles, I usually drive at about 10-20 mph (but I keep an eye on my mirrors to ensure I’m not blocking traffic). I call this ‘slow rolling.’ While slow rolling one day, this shy guy was on the road and quickly jumped into the brush. I was able to get this image before he disappeared.

And the ultimate bonus prize this year was this youngster. I was slow rolling around a corner and there he was in the middle of the road. He looked up and saw me, and bounded up the hill! I quickly parked and got out of the F-150 to see if he would be visible, and there he was up the hill. My RF 800 lens used every millimeter of focal length to get this image.

And so, I’m off to a good start this year. I have a bunch of pictures of Eagles sitting in the trees, but I wanted to share the action shots. Stay tuned – there will be more in the coming weeks!

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

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5 thoughts on “The ’22-’23 Eagle Season is Underway!

  1. I enjoyed every shot! It’s nice to learn a bit about your thoughts! Looking forward to this eagle season! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Your email came back
    We had a bear rip our bird feeders down during the night
    Where did you see the bear in your travels
    By the way I loved all your pictures
    Thanks for sharing
    Sharon

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Thanks Sharon! Sorry the Bear got your bird feeders. That explains why my bird feeders are rapidly emptying moments after I fill them. I saw the Bear where I go to look for Eagles. Stay tuned for what I got today! PHOTOROGR

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      • The pinion jays empty our feeders instantly real fast
        We have cages on our feeders
        Helps those so the pinion jays don’t empty them in seconds
        The bear broke them all to pieces poles etc
        Bob is going in to Moana nursery tomorrow to get new poles and one feeder
        Hope the little guy doesn’t come tonight

        Sent from my iPhone

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      • I can’t send you the pictures won’t
        send says not able to send
        Do you have a text address

        Sent from my iPhone

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