I thought I'd share a few more of the images I took during those 2 days of shooting migrating Bald Eagles in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho over New Year's. By now, the only Bald Eagles that are likely still left in Coeur d'Alene are the ones that are there year-round.
In this image of an eagle in flight, I took while on the Eagle Watching Cruise we took one afternoon, the catch was successful but hard to see in this image. I was just happy to get a decent image from the boat.
Some of my favorite images are environmental ones of the eagles or any wildlife in their natural surroundings, whether temporary or permanent. This one below wasn't such a challenge to capture; no moving boat or cold, shaking hands, no waiting for hours. We were driving next to the lake and I saw this eagle perched on this branch. We pulled over and I got out, shot a few frames and then moved on. Simple, compared to the eagle fishing shots. I love this image!
It was pretty cool seeing so many bald eagles at once. As we looked around we would see trees like this with many eagles in them. There are 7 in this image, including the 2 juveniles that aren't as obvious due to the fact that they don't have white heads or tails yet. It takes 5 years for their heads and tails to become completely white
The image below was another pull over and shoot, shot. What we like to refer to as drive-by shooting. lol This eagle didn't mind my presence at all and just seemed to be so majestic. They are majestic birds anyway, but this guy...up in the top of the tree staring at me and then all around was quite impressive. It was a wet morning and you can tell by the way his feathers look.
What a wonderful time we had viewing and photographing these bald eagles. Special shout out to my incredibly patient husband who waits with me for wildlife, even if sometimes it's in the car. Thanks, honey!
Do you have Bald Eagles where you live? Have you photographed them? I'd love to hear your stories in the comments.
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