The Berry Eagles in Flight

The Berry Eagles in Flight.

I was meeting a friend yesterday to deliver a few Bluebird houses and Rome, Georgia was kind of the middle between our houses, so we met up at Berry College. When you are at Berry and it is Eagle season, you photograph them when given the opportunity. When I drove into the parking lot, Dad was perched in a tree near the nest, but within a few minutes they did a “shift change” with Mom flying out of the nest and Dad flying in to take his turn on the eggs. Mom fly off in the direction of one of her hunting grounds and I decided to drive over and see if I could find her. When I arrived I was talking with a few friends when Mom flew out headed in our direction and flew fairly close to us with some nice light striking her as she went by headed back over to the nest. We stayed at the lake a little while watching a 4 or 5 year old hunt for Coots before leaving the area as well.
When we got back to the nest, Mom was flying in with a big stick for the “rails” of the nest but it broke before she made it there. She was perched on a branch when an adult Eagle flew around high above the nest in large circles. Needless to say, that did not make the Berrys happy and Mom flew to the nest and Dad flew out, which was enough to get the other Eagle to leave. The bonus was he flew in some nice light in front of us!
In the first image you can see how Mom’s left talon sort of hangs in flight. She still uses it very well and even though it seems to dangle, she is an extremely proficient hunter. If you would like to come listen to my lecture on “Photographing Birds of Prey” in Dahlonega Friday, February 16, 2018 please check out the North Georgia Photography Club for details or on my website under the Events tab. It is free to the public!
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800 (Mom), 280 (Dad), shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens in Mode 2 for panning, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

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