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Potomac River Eagles
Yesterday, I had another opportunity to check on the status of an active eagles nest on the Potomac River. As you can see from the images in this blog article, the two eaglets are well and growing rapidly. If you check my blog article from a few weeks ago, you can see the eaglets when they were newly hatched and covered in soft, downy feathers.
I timed it right to watch the adult eagle feed a freshly caught fish to the eaglets. In addition to taking photographs, I also shot videos, one of which is below.
Notice that the video ends with “Produced for Protected Places Media.” Protected Places Media (www.protectedplacesmedia.com) is a not-for-profit business formed by my close friend, Ernie Sears, and me to use our passion for nature photography and videography to support non-profit organizations working to conserve our natural world and to positively impact environmental and conservation issues. Protected Places Media also produces a quarterly e-magazine (ezine), CPWToday, in support of the Prince William Conservation Alliance. The ezine can be read at: www.cpwtoday.com Check out CPWToday and subscribe to be alerted when we issue each quarterly ezine.
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It is a cool, pleasant evening in northern Virginia. So, I had the sliding glass door open to the back deck off my office. While working on my computer about 45 minutes ago, I heard a pair of Barred Owls calling in the trees behind my house. It was dark; therefore, I quickly mounted a speedlight (flash) with a Better Beamer (flash extender) on my camera and fired off a few shots. Above and below are a couple of the images that I captured.
Seeing one of my favorite bird species without having to search for them made my evening very special.
The images were taken on a Nikon D810 with an 80-400mm lens and SB-910 Speedlighjt.
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Bulls Island Sunrise
Just a quick article to share an image that I regularly see on my desktop that reminds me of the beautiful sunrise I experienced and photographed a couple weeks ago on Bulls Island on the South Carolina coast. It was very overcast, and my expectations were low, but as you can see, it turned out to be memorable and breathtaking.
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Potomac River Eagles Nest
Ernie Sears, and I went to a location along the Potomac River to photograph and video an active American Bald Eagles’ nest. The location of the nest is fortunately not well known, and we would not have found it if it was not recommended to us by a friend, Geoffrey Green. Based on Geoff’s directions, we were easily able to locate the nest, and when we arrived, one of the eagles was sitting on the nest. One of the advantages of this eagles’ nest is that it is located at eye-level, enabling photographing into the nest, instead of shooting from below the nest, which most often is the case. After a short while, the eagle flew from the nest and perched on a nearby limb where it could keep a close eye on the nest and the two very young, newly hatched eaglets. While we were there, the other eagle returned, and they switched roles. The other eagle stayed on the nest, while the other one went in search of food, most likely a fish, for their hungry eaglets.Early Saturday morning, March 26, 2016, my friend,
As the eagle waited for its mate to return, I was able to capture an image of the eagle with one of its eaglets. (below image)
I returned on Sunday, Easter morning, with my wife after church for a brief visit to show her the nest and eagles, and to try a different camera. I am glad that I returned with the different camera. On Saturday, I used my Nikon D810 with a 600mm Nikon lens, but on Sunday I used a Nikon 1 V3 with the 600mm lens. The Nikon 1 V3 has a much smaller sensor with a 2.7 crop factor, and when used on the 600mm lens, it had the equivalent of 1620mm lens providing more reach for the distant nest. The nest is a little more than 290 feet from where I could get a clear shot of it, as seen from the below image. If you look closely, you can see the nest just above the center of the frame.Below are two images taken with the Nikon 1 V3. On Sunday, the sky was heavily overcast, providing filtered light, which was better light to photograph the eagles. The filtered light eliminated shadows and reduced the difficulty of not capturing detail in the eagle’s brightly lit white feathers.
In the second image, the eagle can be seen feeding one of the eaglets. I also videoed the eagles and have several videos of the eagle feeding the two eaglets. I will post the videos tomorrow in another article.
I plan to return to this (secret) location to continue photographing and videoing the eaglets as they mature and eventually fledge from their nest. If you are not following my blog, I recommend that you click on the above “Sign me up!” button so that you can monitor the growth of the eaglets.
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