I was going through old images I never worked on and found this series from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, in Cambridge Maryland. I saw this Bald Eagle on a snag along the entrance to the Refuge. Throughout the Refuge they have snags, dead trees, setup for the Eagles to roost on. Most are quite far out, either in the water or on land across the water. I liked the warm early morning colors in the sky behind the Eagle, so I was trying various exposures since the Eagle was backlit against the colorful sky. It would glance my way every once in a while just checking me out. All of a sudden it leaned forward and seemed to be staring at me. So I took one more shot and moved on. I did not want to disturb the Eagle & I was pretty far away. I was shooting at 800mm so I do not think I was bothering it. I think it was checking me out. Plus there is a steady stream of visitors on the Wildlife Drive, so they are used to visitors stopping. These were cropped quite a bit to give more detail to the Eagle.
Thanks! Eagles are one of my favorite subjects. Plus they are Large subjects. The closest place to photograph Eagles for me is the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. They have the largest concentrations of Bald Eagles in the Northeast in the winter. Some come down from Canada. In the Spring and Summer there are a little less, but it is fun to see them trying to steal fish away from the Ospreys.
Wow!! I’d love to draw this, if I have your permission? I will give you credit for the photos. Your photos of eagles are really spectacular, Mike! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Thanks! Yes you have permission to paint this.