Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bald Eagle

Short post: big subject.

We had an errand to run in the big city yesterday. That would be Portland (ME). We would be shopping at the mall. (A very sad place it is these days. Hard times have taken a toll.) I thought that I would take my camera and get some photos of ships or sailboats, but just as we were leaving our own hometown and at the river's edge, I noticed this.







Please forgive my excitement as the photo quality suffered. I never checked settings and, sure enough, the "shake" feature was off from having used the tripod the day before. Darn. If you want to see great eagle photos go *here* and *here.*

A happy day to you. (I'll catch up soon...company this weekend.)

Love Vee

41 comments:

  1. Wow...what a sighting! I just read an article yesterday stating that the bald eagle population has made a great recovery from its prior "endangered species" status. Even so, a bald eagle sighting is rare enough that it's quite exciting to see one! Good for you, having your camera and being prepared...good blogger! :D

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    1. Yes, exciting is the word. Neither John nor I had ever seen an eagle in the wild and certainly not in our own hometown!

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  2. How exciting! I've seen an eagle a few times in the National Park near us, but never have a camera with me! You are wiser.

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  3. We've seen them around here on occassion! I love them...so majestic.

    Great shots inspite of the setting. Love the motion in the one you enlarged!

    Deanna

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  4. WOW! How beautiful is that? Such majestic birds! Enjoy your week-end!

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  5. Wow, these are great photos Vee. And look at that beautiful blue sky too. Enjoy your weekend company. Hugs, Pam

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  6. Oh isn't it beautiful...my American pride just swelled up and also the love of our Father's creation...I think I would have had chills watching it...awesome

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  7. Wow, Vee, what a wonderful sight to see. I think you caught some great photos. I would have tripped in my excitement for sure. xo

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  8. Wonderful to see an eagle so close! Great shots.

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  9. This is just awesome, Vee! Some really once in a lifetime shots!

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. FANTASTIC photos Vee! Just fantastic. How we both wish we could see an Eagle, this well!

    You have an anti-shake button on your camera?!? I never looked for such a thing, on my camera. Should though. This "holding-my-breath-for-3-mins.-while-I-take-a-shot", is getting "old"! -grinnnnnnnnn-

    "Auntie"

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  11. We have Bald Eagles here and I was lucky enough to see one last summer at our lake. There are Reserves close by and she must have swung by to visit:-D Beautiful photos and I can relate to the excitement:-D Happy Weekend with your company, XOXO

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  12. Oh my goodness - I love those pictures of that eagle soaring!
    Have a good weekend.

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  13. A shot like that can make one's whole week! Isn't it funny to realize the eagle was just sitting thinking about when and where his lunch would pop up and was/is totally oblivious to your excitement and his upcoming appearance on a well loved blog.

    I do hope God gave him an extra juicy portion of not so fast food.

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  14. WOW!!!

    NO NO those photos are awesome - my goodness, how breath-taking, Vee!

    SOOOO much better than shopping, huh?

    What a capture, love it.

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  15. Beautiful! I LOVE eagles.

    There is a large family of eagles on the river near us but I've never seen them. Probably because I don't spend any time on the river banks! ;)

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  16. Fabulous photos! I think you did exceptionally well - eagles would get me all excited too. That would be if I recognised them. My knowledge of birds is appalling, I confess. So now I want to see all the other photos from the trip to The Big City!

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  17. What a great siting! You did a nice job, so don't be hard on yourself! Bird photography is one of the absolute toughest to do. Most of my attempts have not been that successful because your settings have to be just right (e.g., fast shutter speed) and your focus spot on. And panning a camera to track a moving bird is a highly practiced skill! I appreciate you linking up to my fishing eagle shot. I was so fortunate to have the right camera settings already on when the bird swooped down unexpectedly. Even so, I took about 8 shots and this was the one posted on my blog was the only one that turned out well.

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  18. I always get so excited when I see an eagle! I'm glad you spotted this one. Hope your weekend is going well...

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  19. These are great captures, Vee! I would love to see one close enough to get shots like these.

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  20. Wow! What fabulous photos! It is SO exciting to see one of these majestic birds. We're going to take a little day trip this weekend and I hope we see one!

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  21. I'm so glad you saw this bald eagle. They are majestic birds, perched high in the trees or soaring over the landscape. I have to confess to being a little blasé about the eagles since we see so many of them here.

    Thanks for all the answers to my questions!Now here's another one: why do you dismantle the anti-shake when you use your tripod? I never thought of doing that. Does it increase the quality?

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  22. Very very cool. It is a special day when you get to see an eagle. Once in a while we see them at the lake.

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  23. Such a majestic bird. I think I would have been shaking quite a lot from the excitement of capturing one of these birds with the camera.
    Enjoy your time with company.
    Judith

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  24. Great shots. They are wonderful birds. I find them down by our river and just marvel at their grace. One was watching me paint last spring. I could feel his presence and when I looked up he just stared at me as if to say, "well finish the darn thing!" Ha.

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  25. I would be so thrilled to see an eagle in person! How majestic he is. I am so glad you captured him in photo and shared. Thanks Vee!

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  26. What beautiful captures, Vee! Oh my gosh, my hands would have been shaking had I seen that magnificent bird.

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  27. Great sighting! My pictures look like yours....what's wrong with that?? Enjoy your weekend!

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  28. I've spotted eagles flying over our local Pinnacle Mt. and they are amazing, awesome birds. No other word fits --Awesome!

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  29. Great photo of such a majestic fellow! I've never seen one in person. We have lots of hawks here and I'm always amazed at how huge they are.

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  30. Eagles are such magnificent birds. We watched them when we lived along the Mississippi River years ago. What a delight to find them in rural locations where we've lived since that time. I'm really glad that they were selected to represent our country. Turkeys just don't have that regal bearing, do they?

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  31. How amazing to see that on your doorstep! X

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  32. How beautiful and majestic he is, Vee! Your photos are wonderful! I love the verse you chose for him in the next post -- it is one of my favorites and a hymn with these words was sung at my Mom's funeral as she also found it very inspirational.

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  33. Just trying to play catch up here. I got sidetracked because I had to stop and pin your bookmarks below.

    I just wanted to tell you that this inspires me, or maybe the better word is that it encourages me. I admit that I have been feeling as if a certain Eagle would never soar again. I'm reminded that I should not lose hope.

    In a twist of Providence, our pastor based his sermon on passages regarding eagles yesterday, and his theme was soaring.

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  34. Good grief.....what a majestic bird he is. I love your photos and, I swear he looks as if he is dancing in the last photo.

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  35. And now I'm back to tell you that I just saw the clip and want to go rewatch that entire movie.

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  36. We may be 5000 kilometers apart, but we have the same majestic birds in our back yard! Love it. The eagles are sitting on 'the tree' in our field again this morning...and I'm spying on them.

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  37. Stunning photos Vee. We have a pair that sit high up in one of the trees heading to town. We've named them "George & Martha". LOL

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  38. These are amazing pictures Vee. i can't blame you for just getting busy snapping. I do that too and sometimes the results are interesting. I took a series of pictures of a cow moose and her offspring and it turned out i'd taken about 10 short video clips. Beautiful clear skies provided a great background for your eagle.

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  39. EVER EVER EVER so cool! Eagles are so beautiful and they way they move seems so effortless... We see a pair of them ever so often near the lake area. Glad you got these neat shots of them. Snap away! Can't have too many eagle pictures!

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