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    • Pa

      My spouse and I spent the morning of the 4th of July on the Wabash River north of Terre Haute, looking for wildlife and hoping to see some the of recent eagles that have returned to the river. Growing up in Indiana for over a half century, I never saw a native Hoosier eagle in Indiana, anywhere, although they definitely were here in Indiana when the Europeans first arrived.

      I am happy to say that bald eagles are definitley home grown Hoosiers, now, with several eagle nests that I know of within 30 miles or so. Yesterday, we saw several mature and juvenile eagles watching the river as we floated by them.

      A brief note about standing and photographing with 400 or 600mm lenses from a small tippy boat in a river with a 4 knot current. I find that it can be challenging to keep the subject within the frame handholding in this sutuation,( that's a sardonic understatemant since text doesn't always convey my implied meaning well ) and that was certainly true yesterday morning.

      Fast shutter speeds, and their associated high ISOs were required. Shooting lots of frames in the brief time availble for a shot helps a bit, as the scene continually changes as the boat floats downriver, tips and rolls, and the eagle reacts to the wind, the water, and the new presence floating down the river. On a side note, the eagles actually seem very used to seeing boats, the howling warning horn of the outboard starting controls do not seem to affect them at all - they really don't seem to react to what one might think would disturb them. Kind of like hawks I have seen sitting on power wires hanging over 4 lane divided highways full of traffic as they search for prey in urban areas.

      The first eagle of the morning was a mature bald eagle in a maple tree, that looked like eagles had used that branch often, from the white coloration of the eagle waste on it. Shot with a 1Dx MkII, Tamron 150-600 at 600mm, f 8.0, 1/1600th sec, ISO 6400

    • Pa

      A little later in the morning we found a juvenile, strongly back lit in a dead tree

      1Dx Mk II with Tamron 150-600mm at 600mm. significantly cropped, f8.0, 1/1600th, ISO 800

    • Pa

      Here is another mature bald eagle lofting from a dead tree limb, backlit by the bright sky. All in all, a great day on the river, especially for the 4th of July. It is great to see the return of the bald eagle to Indiana.

    • zi

      Liking the first and third images a lot. No, more like 'loving' the first and third images, and liking/appreciating the middle image.

      Appreciate the rich colors, especially the yellow beaks on the mature raptors.

      Respect!

    • Pa

      I loved that juvie, but it just was surrounded by dead timbers on all sides - I really wanted a cleaner, simpler view for it. The branches that pass across its breast just could not be avoided, because if we tried a view more from the side, there were more branches that were worse. This was actually the best view through a tunnel of dead limbs.

      Still, its a pretty nice looking juvie, isn't it, with its tongue hanging out like a puppy dog. I wonder if it might have been due to the heat, I don't usually see their tongues like that in my images from Alaska.

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