Eagle on the Nest

Last Monday I went to one of my favorite places to see if eagles had returned to their nest.  From a distance I could see one very close to one of the nests but it flew away as I got a little closer to it. However, below was what was in the nest.

Now where did my mate go?
Now where did my mate go?
I hope he brings back breakfast!
I hope he brings back breakfast!

I didn’t stay long because I didn’t want to cause it any stress. In my opinion, no photograph is worth taking if it causes harm or stress to the animal. The safety of the animal always comes first! Because it was just as the sun was coming up, I’m confident the mate flew off looking for food.  Later, from quite a distance, I saw it return but I was too far away to see if it brought back anything.

Just a few clicks later, I went on my way to practice photographing ducks with my new Tamron 150 – 600mm lens. Already, I found that I liked it but I still had to learn how to effectively use it.

As some of you know, I like to photograph American Coots. As I was practicing snapping some shots like these……

 

Quite morning searching for breakfast.
Quite morning searching for breakfast.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose and I wasn’t quite ready for it!

Look out!
Look out!

My first thought was that they were afraid of me even though I’d been there for a while taking their picture with no signs of them being stressed. But NO, it wasn’t Me! It was a HUNTER!

Looking for a meal!
Looking for a meal!

It flew over my head and swooped back towards the coots.

Looks like breakfast down there!
Looks like breakfast down there!

It really put on a show as it kept turning trying to hone in on one of them.

So many to choose from!
So many to choose from!

It continued to fly back and forth  and seemed to have trouble singling out one but of course, the coots were all flying away in different directions to get away.

I just can't seem to make up my mind!
I just can’t seem to make up my mind!

The hawk didn’t seemed bothered that I was there taking pictures. It continued to hunt for a while but eventually, it gave up without getting anything. I guess catching coots isn’t easy after all.

Oh well, maybe I'll try something other than coots this morning!
Oh well, maybe I’ll try something other than coots this morning!

The entire hunting episode happened in probably not more than a minute. However, I wish I had been better prepared but that’s what practice is all about. If I had been better prepared, the photos might have been a little sharper. It was great practice though and great fun to watch.

What a fantastic morning! Yes, I got lucky again. I hope you enjoyed the post.

Thanks for coming by!

Bill