#2 and #4 are unusual poses. They usually come in fast with the legs tucked under the tail until just before the grab - then the legs lunge forward. Yesterday we had a very strong wind so they were dropping the landing gear up high and floating down on the wind until they were in striking distance. In #4 he is just about to power forward to make a grab.
Great series Dave, yes there were at least 100+ photogs Sunday. I finally got all of my images loaded into Lightroom from Sunday, and it looks like I have some interesting images i will try to post in the next day or so.
Thanks, Scott! The weather and my work schedule have been working against me. It was nice to see some sun for once and give the D800 a good eagle shooting workout.
I am going to try to get down around noon on Thursday. There should be a few Nikonians out that day. The high temp is going to be a whopping 7* and they say the sun should be out - so, it should be a good eagle day.
Hopefully since it is a weekday the crowd will be thinner - it was ridiculous on Sunday; elbow to elbow along the rail and another 30 or 40 on the rocks - almost all the way down to the boat ramp.
It is a bummer that the weather was bad during your trip to Illinois. From what I have heard there was only one good day of action right at the end of that cold snap - of course I missed that day also.
It was closer to a zoo. We line up along a boardwalk that is about twice as wide as a suburban sidewalk. The photographers were shoulder to shoulder or tripod to tripod Everyone is polite so it's not too bad. There are a lot of big lenses unfortunately I think the big white lenses outnumbered the black ones on Sunday.
Splendid, Dave. I got in late today in Le Claire and spent about 1/2 hour in waning light before sunset at L&D 14. Still was fun attempting some tracking shots. Look forward to meeting up on Thursday. We'll see what tomorrow offers.
Unfortunately, Scott, I have to head back on Friday....I figured on traveling north along the Mississippi on Friday and seeing if I can find any other opportunities and after a visit to Eagle Park in Dubuque prior to the run home from there through Wisconsin on east to Milwaukee. If you can make it on Thursday, that would be terrific.
Wow These are some awesome shots! I've been shooting at Clarksville MO but this sounds like a lot better setup. I might have to check this out next year. I saw you were using the D800. I just got one about a month ago and LOVE it. Can I ask what lens you used. I'm trying to decide on a new one for Eagles and Birds. I have a 80-400 nikon lense that is f4.5. It does get great shots but it is slow focusing.