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I Got Lucky! March 4, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Driving through Shelburne Falls this evening, I saw a couple of photographers at roadside, and being a curious little guy, I panned the scene for their subjects.

They weren’t hard to find.  In two trees between the road and the river, thirty yards apart and almost too close for good photos, sat two enormous eagles.

I jammed on the binders and pulled over, fumbling to get Gizmo onto my box, and started shooting out my car window.

I got this shot (and several more) of the male:

…lookin’ all cool and such as he cast his Hypnotic Eye on his intended mate:

…who was playing hard-to-get, as well as hard-to-see.  I was amazed at the differences between the two – he was very bold, both in appearance and demeanor, while she was very well camouflaged, and except for her impressive size (somewhat larger than the male) would have been barely noticeable amongst the larger branches in which she sat.

They both flew off after posing for ten minutes, and I snagged this distant shot of Americana:

Tracking the eagle’s flight at a hundred yards was difficult, and I motored off many shots, of which this was the only (barely) viewable one; the flags were serendipitous.

I gotta get better at that panning stuff.

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1. lisahgolden - March 4, 2011

Holy smokes! What luck and what a stunning photo of that male. Wow!

2. littlebangtheory - March 5, 2011

Yeah, he shore was purdy! 😉

3. jomegat - March 5, 2011

I like the flags. Very nice. Serendipity was kind to you.

4. Pagan Sphinx - March 5, 2011

Hey, those are incredible! Lucky indeed. Wayne likes them, too! 🙂

5. littlebangtheory - March 6, 2011

j, yes it was. And thanks!

Gina, I’m glad you two got to see these, being attuned as you are to your local nesting pair.

Do you still have “The Eagle Channel” on your local cable TV?

6. mauigirl - March 8, 2011

Wow, what amazing pictures of the eagles! How lucky you got them!

7. littlebangtheory - March 8, 2011

mg, yes – one could look a long time for that shot around here and get zilch, so it really is a matter of luck!


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