Giving You The Bird. April 8, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: bald eagles, Canon f5.6L 400mm lens, deerfield river, eagles, Gizmo
Our National symbol, that is.
Here in Western Massachusetts we have a resurgent population of eagles, which were extremely rare in my youth. Conservation and re-introduction efforts since the ban on DDT have been one of the great success stories of the modern environmental movement, and I’m thrilled every time I witness the results.
Along my local stretch of the Deerfield river we have frequent eagle sightings; they’re nesting near-by, though I’m not sure where.
Yesterday I got home in the evening and unloaded my camera gear and groceries, then saw the laundry basket in the back seat and remembered that I had a load drying at the laundromat in the next town down river. I hopped back in the car and went for it, and along the way spotted three eagles roosting in a tree across the river – damn! I always have my camera with me, but… not tonight. Bummer!
I carried on and retrieved my laundry, then headed home, and don’tcha know, there they still were, three eagles in one tree. And me without my camera.
So I got home, ditched the laundry, grabbed my camera and headed back down river.
I know: my chances of success at this point were slim. But if I didn’t try, my chance of success was zero.
So I went, and some little while later as I pulled around the bend into view, I saw…
Oh well. Mother Nature isn’t obliged to mark time while I get my act together.
So here are a few shots Gizmo snagged over the next twenty minutes. I resolved as soon as I turned the key off to stay ’till somebody took wing, and many cramps later I got my wish:
Yeah, I shoulda been closer, but there was the small matter of a river between us. And I shoulda had an 800mm lens, but that’s several more thousands of dollars I don’t have either.
So I got what I got, and I hope you like it.