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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
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anthonyclay December 13, 2014
Spectacular Photo, and the Vignettingmakes the Eagle just stand out! Thumbs UP!
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lynntaylor April 19, 2017
Thank you

Behind The Lens

This was taken at a Birds of Prey Centre in Dorset, England. This chap was staring at me as I walked along the pathway, and I could feel his stare. As he remained completely still, I raised my camera and took the shot. A few moments later he turned his back on me. It was almost as if he was willing me to take the shot.
This was one of my favourite shots. It was fairly early in the day, slightly overcast so lighting was perfect, the sun peeped through which highlighted his beak a bit. I had to be a bit careful on the WB so his head feathers did not blow out too much.
As it was a early in the day and a bit cloudy with sunshine through gaps, I was fortunate in that the sun peeped through, highlighting his head feathers and beak, I thought the lighting brought out more of his intense stare.
I used my Nikon D40 with 300mm lens, hand held.
These birds are so majestic and always look so angry, I had seen other shots that showed their majesty in flight, but wanted to try and capture his essence through the eyes.
The only post-processing was to crop slightly.
In my camera bag
I usually carry my Nikon D40 with kit lens as I find this lens very versatile. A Sigma 300mm lens for close ups and my trusty Nikon Coolpix P530 as a runabout camera, as I love the light weight and zoom on this little gem. In case I cannot use a tripod, I also carry a neck pillow (of the bean variety), as I can rest this on almost anything and it keeps the camera still when using a remote/or zooming in. Another option is some string, which I can triangulate between my feet and the camera to act as a make-shift tripod. Plastic bag with and elastic band for rainy weather, and some handy filters.
Birds are unpredictable in their movement, so be patient and preferably set your shutter on continuous with a high speed. This will at least freeze the movement and you will get lucky on at least one of the shots. Focus on the eyes as this brings out the character of the bird.

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