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Finally > L&D 14 eagles

dm1dave

Lowden, US
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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006
Mon 07-Jan-13 04:14 AM

I finally had a chance to get down to Lock and Dam 14 and meet up with Dave and Scott for some eagle shooting.

Last year was a poor year due to an unusually warm winter here in Iowa. This year was not looking good until we had a big snow storm in late December followed by a long spell of very cold weather. The rivers froze quickly forcing the eagles to the much larger unfrozen Mississippi to feed. The navigation Dams give the eagles a particularly bountiful feeding area as the fish that come through the dam are temporarily stunned. Of all the places on the Mississippi, Lock and Dam 14 provides some of the best waterside access with large perching trees in front of and behind the shooting location.

D300s | 400/2.8 VR + TC-14E
f/4 | 1/1600s | ISO-200

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This one is framed by the Dam in the background.

f/4 | 1/5000s | ISO-200
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f/4 | 1/1250s | ISO-200
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We had quit a few juvenile birds out today. They are often difficult to shoot due to the dark feathers but some nice light today really helped.

f/4 | 1/2500s | ISO-200
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f/4 | 1/4000s | ISO-200
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Dave Summers
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