Drove to Heber City today in search of birds...and found nothing all day. On the return trip to Orem several cars were pulled over and people pointing in the air. So I joined the group and found a Bald Eagle enjoying one of the first decent winter days in weeks...sunny and temps in the 30's instead of single digits. A juvenile was in the same tree covered by branches. One of these days I hope to find a watering hole and get some classic shots of them fishing. Cropped all four shots for portrait orientation.
D300S Nikon 300mm 2.8 with Nikon 1.7 TC ISO 400 1/1250 at f8 matrix metering
This was a nice find. Not the super shots the guys are getting of them fishing back east but the closest I've been to one of these beautiful birds that was willing to sit and let me photograph. Hope to find a few more this winter.
Nice shots of a great looking bird. Looks like your D300s and the TC with the 300f/4 work well together. Nice color and sharp. Do you use matrix metering most of the time with this combo? I am considering the f/4 300 soon.
That's the 300mm 2.8 not the f4 and the 1.7 TC and yup they work great together. I've had issues with the focus not grabbing very well with the 1.7 TC which was frustrating at times. In good light and closer to the subject it works much better. The 1.4 is a bit faster but doesn't give you the reach for birding. However, for larger subjects the 300 2.8 connected directly to the camera is a beautiful piece of work. Fast, sharp and beautiful bokeh. And yes I use Matrix metering for almost everything I photograph.
I saw a number of Bald Eagles in northern Florida when I was living in Lake Mary. Lake Jessup was right there and a number of other small lakes for them to fish on...as well as tons of rodents ...so food source equals larger numbers of these birds.
One of the reasons you don't see the branch in the shot on the last two is that I moved in closer to avoid it. At first I didn't want to chance spooking him into flying off...just wanted to get the shots. After a few minutes he appeared to be pretty relaxed with us watching so I walked up to a fence line and used it to steady my camera and get a few more shots without the branch running thru its tail. When I left he was just sitting there enjoying the sun ... tree was pretty tall and about 100 feet away so I'm sure he felt pretty safe. I felt fortunate to have found him after a day of driving and finding nothing.