Blackwater NWR Bald Eagle Nest

We finally decided to do a day trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge Maryland. Once there we mainly photographed from the car on the Wildlife Drive. Most of the large flocks of Snow Geese, Tundra Swans & Canada Geese were quite far out from the Wildlife Drive so I concentrated on what I could photograph. Also large flocks of birds flying were also off in the distance. There were some smaller groups of birds so I also did some smaller multi-image landscapes of the scattered birds to fill the image so it was more interesting. We did see quite a few Bald Eagles but all were very far off either flying high or in distant trees. Even photographing @600mm I had to crop some the images significantly. But I also did get a lot of multi-image landscape panoramas with my iPhone since the cloud formations were amazing on this visit. This featured Bald Eagle nest was on the final leg of the Wildlife Drive near the exit across from Pool 5B. The nest image was a 3 image panorama @600mm, then slightly cropped to center the nest. I could have fit it in 2 images, but it seems to blend better with an extra image. The nest was a little further down from where I photographed the Bald Eagle below.

Bald Eagle near a nest along the end of the Wildlife Drive (150-600mm, @600mm, Canon R, severe crop of image)
Bald Eagle near a nest along the end of the Wildlife Drive (150-600mm, @600mm, Canon R, severe crop of image)

8 Comments on “Blackwater NWR Bald Eagle Nest

  1. Oh my goodness, that Eagle nest is bigger yet this year! It’s been in that tree for a few years now. Great shots of the Eagle too, Reed, I miss BNWR!!

    • Blackwater NWR is one of our favorite places to photograph! On this visit most birds were far out so I did a lot of panoramas! Sort of a challenge to shoot multi-image panoramas of flying birds. You have to shoot the pano images in the direction they are flying which helps spacing of the birds. The clouds were Great on this visit! So I did a lot of multi-image land & cloud scapes with my iPhone 11 Pro. I was surprised my iPhone battery lasted taking about 700 shots!

  2. Those eagle nests can be huge. There was one going around a few weeks ago, I shared a link to it on Mike’s blog, of one so large that the ranger sitting in it looked like on of the chicks.I really like the second shot. What a view of the bird and what a view it has of the surroundings.

    • Thanks Steve! Blackwater NWR is one of my favorite places to photograph! On this visit the Eagles I could photograph were pretty far out. Usually I can get closer images of them either flying by or in the trees. But I concentrated on multi-image landscapes with my iPhone since the landscapes & clouds were fantastic on that day since the Eagles were not co-operating!

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