Edmonds Eagles 2014/15

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Bill Anderson

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Monday (10/20/14) I was at the marsh photographing birds and the occasional passing train.
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The herons suddenly took flight as a train rolled by.
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I knew that the herons were accustomed to trains, so I started looking for an eagle. Sure enough, a few seconds later subadult flew over the marsh.
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Bill Anderson

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#23
Thursday (10/23/14) one of the Pt. Edwards eagles flew out of its nest just as I pulled up. I managed a few grab shots out the window of my car.
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i did not see the eagle at Marina Beach, which did not surprise me as wind surfers were present. I found the eagle at the piling off the Senior Center by the ferry dock, another of its regular perches.
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Bill Anderson

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You had to be really quick to get those shots of him/her flying out of the nest!! Nice job.
I was looking at the nest through the 5DIII + 100-400L telephoto zoom + 1.4x teleconverter and never saw the eagle. Upon detecting movement, I instinctively snapped away and only tried to focus on the eagle during the last few shots. I could only hope that the shots were in focus.

It was late afternoon and I was shooting straight up with no exposure compensation, so the eagle's bright white head was a bit over exposed in some of the shots.
 

Terry O

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#27
Given the conditions and timing, they are really quite good! Your approach of 'shoot now and ask questions later' works more times than not!
 

Bill Anderson

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#28
Friday (10/24) I ran into Janine down at Marina Park. Janine said that both of the Pt. Edwards eagles are back. The female was perched on the piling eating a bird that Janine thought was a rhinocerous auklet.
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The male was watching from the family tree at the end of Pt. Edwards Place.
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The female took off and perched on a branch above the railroad tracks before I could set up the super telephoto package of my 5DIII + 500L + 2x teleconverter on the tripod.
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I got the super telephoto package set up after the male flew down from the family tree and finished off the bird. Janine said she has observed this behavior before, which is probably as close as they get to sharing food.
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Bill Anderson

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After totally consuming the prey, the eagle flew off in the direction of the marsh.
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The female remained and watched a train pass beneath her.
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Bill Anderson

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Wednesday afternoon (10/29) Terry, Daren, and I were at the marsh. Terry had to leave, which all but assured that the avian action would soon pick up.

Three other bird photographers (Janine, Brian, and Michael) arrived after Terry left. A short time later, one of the eagles circled the marsh.
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It scared up about 13 herons which were in the marsh and the trees along Willow Creek on the south side of the marsh.
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The eagle landed and began to drink and bathe in Willow Creek.
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The herons settled down as the eagle drank.
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Bill Anderson

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Both eagles flew over to the tall spar on the fish hatchery grounds to dry out. We drove over to the fish hatchery for some close-up shots.
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One was unhappy with its perch and took off.
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It circled and found a new perch at the top of the spar.
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Bill Anderson

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Late Wednesday (11/12/14) I went to Marina Beach to photograph the sunset. I was juggling two cameras and four lenses as the sunset + the arrivals of two eagles & the 4:30pm Seattle-Everett Sounder all took place at the same time.

I had attached my 4.0/70-200L medium zoom to the 7D in preparation for shots of the 4:30pm Sounder when one of the Pt. Edwards eagles landed on the piling with a fish at sunset. I got these grab shots.

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Bill Anderson

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I switched to the 5DIII (which handles high ISO settings better than the 7D) + 100-400L zoom for shots of the eagle on the piling.
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I relocated to another spot on the beach to get shots of the eagle silhouetted against the sunset with the Olympic Mountains in the background.
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As I was preparing to leave, the eagle's mate flew in from across the Sound and headed south.
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Bill Anderson

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Monday (12/15/14) I caught the Pt. Edwards eagles perched on two of their regular spots on Pt. Edwards.

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I went down to the fishing pier and saw a juvie fly south past the pier.
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The juvie flew south and circled around a group of gulls that I think had found a ball of bait fish.
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Bill Anderson

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One of the Pt. Edwards eagles saw the juvie and flew out to "greet" it.
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The juvie began flying back north. The adult over took and passed it.
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The adult landed on its usual perch near the ferry dock and screeched at the juvie as it flew by. I got to the north end of the pier to watch the adult pose.
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