Bald Eagles On Branches At Blackwater NWR

A few more Bald Eagle images taken in December 2008 from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. The Featured Image was taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a Canon 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 1DmkIV.

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Blackwater Bald Eagles

I am going through images from past trips to post here. These images were from a trip to Blackwater NWR in December of 2008. The featured image was taken with Canon 400mm DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIII. On this trip it was a good day for Bald Eagle flight images!

Bald Eagle in Flight, Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, 560mm, Canon 1D mkIII, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter
Bald Eagle in Flight, Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, 560mm, Canon 1D mkIII, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter

More Bald Eagles From Blackwater NWR

During our visit to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland we did see quite a few Bald Eagles flying in the distance. But many not close enough to photograph. We did finally find a few to get somewhat closer images. These images are also cropped in quite a lot to have the Bald Eagles large enough to see in the image. The Featured Bald Eagle was in a tree by the Entrance to the Wildlife Drive.

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Bald Eagles From Shop Rite – 2010

I am going through my collection of Backup Drives, cleaning out folders of images not needed. I found these Bald Eagle images from January 2010. Back then I heard that a family of Bald Eagles were at a Shop Rite grocery store in Nyack, NY across from the Palisades Mall on Route 59. They seemed to take up residence in the woods behind their parking lot. There was also a small stream on the other side of the fence so they seemed to find meals as small animals would come to drink at the stream. Needless to say they had a lot of shoppers startled by there presence there. Luckily the parking lot had a wire fence around the back lot otherwise people would have bothered them even more. They seemed to like looking at the shoppers going in & out and sometimes would look down at them from the parking lot lights. Soon after they were noticed, word was out they were there and it became mobbed with people watching them from what I heard. All images were taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens on a Canon 1D mkIII.

A few other visitors by the Eagles in the woods behind the parking lot

Early Morning Blackwater NWR Landscape

Many times when you visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, you can see Eagles early in the morning on snags or on tree branches as the sun is rising. It is fun to see how many you can find to photograph.Eagles snag v4 BWR_43G0696Eagles on Snags am BWR v1_43G0573

Bald Eagles Enforcing Closed Road

The Eagles seemed to be enforcing the Closed Road, manning the checkpoint! They liked sitting on the barricade. Throughout the day we were there we saw a few different Eagles sitting there.

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Squawking Eagles at BWR

These Bald Eagles seemed to have a lot to say as we were passing by on the Wildlife Drive at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. They were there for quite a while, squawking loudly, as we were photographing them.

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Bald Eagles From Blackwater NWR

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge has some of the largest concentrations of Bald Eagles in the Northeast in the Winter months. Also the largest breeding populations of Bald Eagles north of Florida. The Refuge is over 28,000 acres with a Wildlife Drive and multiple trails. The main photo areas would be on the Wildlife Drive, multiple trails off or near the Wildlife Drive or The Tubman Road Trail. There are roads running through the Refuge, but they frown on people stopping to photograph because they are busy roads with no spots to stop unless you are on a bike. But you can drive through and see the Eagles flying or in the trees. Plus quite a few Eagle nests plus other birds, etc. On these I removed a few branches that were distracting. Shot with a Canon 1D MkIV and a 400mm f/4 DO lens w/ a 1.4X series III Teleconverter, handheld.

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Bald Eagles at Blackwater NWR

We got a chance to take the day off and go to the Blackwater NWR in Cambridge Maryland. It is about 45 sq. Miles. But it has a Wildlife Drive which gives you an area easy to use for photo opportunities. Blackwater NWR is know for Bald Eagles and has some of the largest amounts of Eagles in the Northeast. The Bald Eagle numbers increase in the late fall with Eagles returning from Canada. We saw quite a few, but most were flying far off. Even so I got quite a few shots of Eagles considering we were only there for a few hours. Blackwater is also know for colorful sunsets since it is close to coast.

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Red-Winged Blackbird Flocks at Blackwater NWR

In the colder months there are huge flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds flying through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside of Cambridge Maryland. The number of Bald Eagles increase also during the colder months to approximately 150. When the water freezes over the Eagles sometimes are seen taking Red-winged Blackbirds or Canada Geese for their meals. Here are some photos of the flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds flying through the refuge and also photos of Eagles guarding their lunch.

Canon 20D, Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 zoom @ 731mm (1170mm with 1.6 crop factor of 20D sensor), 1/2000 sec @ f/8, ISO 400, aperture priority, -0.33 exposure compensation.

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Canon 7D, EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM +1.4x teleconverter, 560mm (896mm with 1.6 crop factor of 7D sensor), @ f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, -0.33 exposure compensation.

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Paw print in snow, Canon EOS 1D MkIII, EF 24-105m f/4 @ 105mm, (~135mm with 1.3X crop factor of 1D MkIII sensor)  1/100 sec, f/22, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, +1 Exposure Compensation

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Eagle w/Red-winged blackbird, Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 zoom @ 1023mm with 1.6X crop factor of 7D sensor), 1/2500 sec, f/8, ISO 400.bwr eagles_MG_2688 2

ICE Sunrise,  Canon 20D, Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 zoom @ 300mm (480mm with 1.6 crop factor of 20D sensor), 1/3200 sec @ f/8, ISO 400, aperture priority, -0.76 exposure compensation.bwr ice subrise_MG_4097

Ice sunset, Canon EOS 1D MkIII, EF 17-40m f/4 @ 17mm, (~22mm with 1.3X crop factor of 1D MkIII  sensor)   1/8 sec, f/20, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, +0.67 Exposure Compensationbwr lndscp_80I0378

Canon 20D, Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 zoom @ 800mm (1280mm with 1.6 crop factor of 20D sensor), 1/160 sec @ f/8, ISO 400, aperture priority, -0.67 exposure compensation.bwr red wing blkbrds_MG_4309

Ice Sunset, Canon 1D MkIII, EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM, 520mm (896 with 1.3 crop factor of 1D MkIII sensor), @ f/9, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, -1 exposure compensation.bwr sunset ice_80I0180

Eagle w/Red-winged blackbird, Canon EOS1D MkIII, Canon 400mm DO f/4 (520mm with 1.3X crop factor of 1D MkIII sensor), 1/1000 sec, f/9, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, -1 exposure compensationEagle BWR 07 380I5033c hs

Red-winged blackbirds flying by the snag at sunset.Eagles BWR 07_Y9F9007

Red-winged Blackbirds scattering after Eagle swooped in for a meal.Red-winged Blackbirds_MG_8184

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