Page 1 of 18 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 179

Thread: Edmonds Eagles 2014/15

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Edmonds, Washington
    Posts
    4,068

    Default Edmonds Eagles 2014/15

    Our local resident bald eagle season runs from mid-October through mid-August. The eagles disappear from mid-August through mid-October. I don't know there they go, but I assume it is somewhere where salmon are spawning.

    The Pt. Edwards eagles returned Oct. 13th in 2011 and 2012. Last year they returned Oct. 7, so I start looking for them on the first of October. There was a report on Tweeters, an e-mail birding list for the state of Washington, that a flock of eagles was seen the day before in the air over Mukilteo, located just north of Edmonds.

    Thursday (10/2/14) my son and I were at the fishing pier with my 5DIII + 500L telephoto lens + 2x teleconverter. I snapped some shots of the spar at Hutt Park, home to the Hutt Park pair of bald eagles. Close examination of my photos showed two large birds passing by the spar.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	01.JPG 
Views:	535 
Size:	213.1 KB 
ID:	16385

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	02.JPG 
Views:	509 
Size:	159.6 KB 
ID:	16386


    As I was leaving the pier, something scared the hundreds of gulls roosting on the marina breakwater, the usual sign of an eagle passing overhead. I looked around, but did not see an eagle.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	03.JPG 
Views:	500 
Size:	341.8 KB 
ID:	16387

    My son and I went to check things out at Pt. Edwards and there it was, one of the Pt. Edwards pair perched on one of their regular perches at the end of Pt. Edwards Place. The eagle has landed and the 2014/15 eagle season has begun.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	04.JPG 
Views:	496 
Size:	345.9 KB 
ID:	16388


    A nearby heron was looking towards the eagle and probably thinking, "There goes the neighborhood........ again."
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	05.JPG 
Views:	487 
Size:	310.1 KB 
ID:	16389
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-03-2014 at 10:26 AM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Edmonds, Washington
    Posts
    4,068

    Default

    Monday afternoon (10/6) I found one of the Pt. Edwards eagles perched on its usual spot off Marina Beach. It made a swoop over the water a short distance in front of the piling and came up with a small fish. I was shooting with the 5DIII + 500L telephoto mounted on a tripod and missed the exact moment the eagle caught the fish. The late afternoon sunlight made lighting difficult. I was shooting with -2 exposure compensation to keep from burning out the bright white head and tail feathers.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	01.JPG 
Views:	482 
Size:	255.2 KB 
ID:	16408

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	02.JPG 
Views:	466 
Size:	220.5 KB 
ID:	16409

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	03.JPG 
Views:	477 
Size:	229.5 KB 
ID:	16410

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	04.JPG 
Views:	476 
Size:	218.8 KB 
ID:	16411

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	05.JPG 
Views:	474 
Size:	230.5 KB 
ID:	16412
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-06-2014 at 11:43 PM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Edmonds, Washington
    Posts
    4,068

    Default

    Continued:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	06.JPG 
Views:	470 
Size:	224.9 KB 
ID:	16413

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	07.JPG 
Views:	474 
Size:	250.9 KB 
ID:	16414

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	08.JPG 
Views:	454 
Size:	250.1 KB 
ID:	16415

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	09.JPG 
Views:	460 
Size:	245.2 KB 
ID:	16416

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10.JPG 
Views:	444 
Size:	255.0 KB 
ID:	16417
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-06-2014 at 10:46 PM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Edmonds, Washington
    Posts
    4,068

    Default

    Conclusion:

    I saw that the eagle was returning to its perch, so I focused on the piling and snapped away.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	11.JPG 
Views:	441 
Size:	230.3 KB 
ID:	16418

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12.JPG 
Views:	448 
Size:	225.0 KB 
ID:	16419

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	13.JPG 
Views:	432 
Size:	225.3 KB 
ID:	16420

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	14.JPG 
Views:	427 
Size:	222.8 KB 
ID:	16421

    The bald eagle's eyes sight is amazing that it could see such a small fish in the water and snatch it up.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	15.JPG 
Views:	417 
Size:	255.7 KB 
ID:	16422

    Watching the action with me was a couple from China that Terry and I had earlier met at the fish hatchery. They enjoyed the experience and I enjoyed the opportunity to practice speaking Mandarin with them.
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-06-2014 at 11:54 PM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Woodway, Washington
    Posts
    1,297

    Default

    Great series, Bill! That lighting definitely was difficult! You handled it very well.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Edmonds, Washington
    Posts
    4,068

    Default

    It was foggy all day Tuesday (10/7/14), which led to some ethereal eagle shots at Marina Beach.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	01.JPG 
Views:	423 
Size:	185.9 KB 
ID:	16424

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	02.JPG 
Views:	406 
Size:	164.7 KB 
ID:	16425

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	03.JPG 
Views:	396 
Size:	179.8 KB 
ID:	16426
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Woodway, Washington
    Posts
    1,297

    Default

    Yep, ethereal.

    Here's that takeoff sequence we talked about. These were taken with the 7D and 500 on manual 1/1000s f8 ISO 600 or so. Would have been nice to be set up further south....
    Depth of Focus was good though...

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-7-2014 eagle sequence1.JPG 
Views:	417 
Size:	530.7 KB 
ID:	16448Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-7-2014 eagle sequence2.JPG 
Views:	405 
Size:	543.5 KB 
ID:	16449Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-7-2014 eagle sequence3.JPG 
Views:	396 
Size:	491.8 KB 
ID:	16450Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-7-2014 eagle sequence4.JPG 
Views:	391 
Size:	512.9 KB 
ID:	16451Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-7-2014 eagle sequence5.JPG 
Views:	398 
Size:	507.3 KB 
ID:	16452

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Edmonds, Washington
    Posts
    4,068

    Default

    Good shots. I just missed getting a good take-off sequence this morning.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Edmonds, Washington
    Posts
    4,068

    Default

    Thursday's (10/9/14) marine layer fog created some ethereal scenes as the eagle made its rounds throughout the day of its regular perches by the ferry dock and off Marina Park.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	02.JPG 
Views:	382 
Size:	188.0 KB 
ID:	16454

    I can use Picasa's auto contrast feature to create some surrealistic effects.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	01.JPG 
Views:	377 
Size:	440.7 KB 
ID:	16453

    The gulls have finally taken notice of its return.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	03.JPG 
Views:	359 
Size:	242.8 KB 
ID:	16455

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	04.JPG 
Views:	359 
Size:	152.9 KB 
ID:	16456

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	05.JPG 
Views:	366 
Size:	321.5 KB 
ID:	16457
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-10-2014 at 04:39 PM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Woodway, Washington
    Posts
    1,297

    Default

    Nice interaction shots. I like this last one....

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •