Talons Down!

I can’t put into words the way I feel when I’m watching and photographing the eagles. It’s something that’s sacred to me and trying to explain those feelings would never come out the right way. I can, however, tell stories about fun and exciting things that happened, while I was in the presence of the Kings of the Sky.

The wind gusts blew up to 30mph, which made it extremely challenging to stand still and hold almost six pounds of camera. (150-600mm lens is 4.43lbs) By choice, I do not use a tripod or monopod, and that works for me. The eagles + wind = very fast speeds of flying and diving.

Okay, so this isn’t my camera, but I liked the picture.
It belongs to a very talented wildlife photographer.
It’s a whole lot heavier than mine 🙂

Three years ago, I started photographing eagles in action, and yesterday, was by far my favorite day, ever! There were so many eagles flying around, fighting and fishing that it was hard to keep up. I was like a kid in a candy store! I had to choose one to follow, hoping that would be the one that would drop down. (not always the case)

I was taught by a seasoned wildlife photographer, to wait until the talons come down and then start snapping.
Yet, another challenge because of the wind adding to the speed of the eagles made it hard to hold focus.
They would circle above, come close to the water and bam! TALONS DOWN!

This entire season, Oct 2020 to Jan 2021, I’ve been wanting and waiting to photograph an eagle fishing close enough where I didn’t have to crop it very much, and the eagle was facing me. I was so done with tushie shots 🙂. It’s been on my “bucket-wish-shot-list” since forever. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gotten a few of the fishing shots last season but nothing I’d hang on my wall. But…Ta Da! Finally, 3 hours later, numb fingertips and sore shoulders, it happened! Right in front of me!

The eagle was circling, and I followed waiting for it slowly start to descend. Without any warning (lol) he swooped down extremely fast, towards the water. It looked like it was going to be another feather shot when all of a sudden, the eagle turned around, TALONS DOWN and right in front of me, got the fish, and flew away so fast, i barely had time to blink. I knew I got the photos. I just knew it.

It was the most amazing experience of my photography career. I’d say it made the top ten of my life. More stories and photos coming of eagles and wildlife. Thanks for reading.

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