Posted on July 6, 2017
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.