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Stick run. Bald eagle nest building

 
Duane ­ N
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Nov 06, 2017 04:00 |  #1

The pair of eagles I'm following this winter were quite active working on their nest yesterday morning. The sun did come out for a brief time but there were dark clouds in the background and eventually the clouds moved in and blocked the light. I'm on the fence if I like this type of light but yesterday was more observation than photographing them. They've been nesting in this tree since 2015 so they're a relatively young pair of eagles as far as I know.

The female actually helped this morning rather than supervising. The male seems to do most of the nest work this early in the season so hopefully the activity picks up as the temperatures cool down.

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Male in the nest and the female on her favorite perch in the nest.

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Here's a short video as the male left to grab another stick for the nest. The images and video were taken using a Canon 600mm f/4L II lens and I stacked a 2X extender and a Kenko 1.5 non-reporting extender giving me a total focal length of 1800mm. I was roughly 660' away from the nest and I used a tripod set up behind my truck because this pair of eagles aren't used to having humans pay attention to them so I keep my distance.


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Nov 06, 2017 16:23 |  #2

Very good captures Duane - both the stills & the video.

Quite nice at 1800mm!


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Nov 07, 2017 04:20 |  #3

EyeSpyEagle wrote in post #18490238 (external link)
Very good captures Duane - both the stills & the video.

Quite nice at 1800mm!

I don't like stacking extenders but I do it from time to time to test the limits of my gear. Sometimes it works, often times it doesn't. It's very light hungry. ;-)a


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Nov 07, 2017 10:56 |  #4

Pretty doggone good for such a long way out, Well done.


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Nov 07, 2017 16:50 |  #5

More great shots from the bald eagle whisperer  :p

Amazing IQ with all those extenders. Love the video.


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Nov 07, 2017 18:01 |  #6

Super! Love the 2nd image.


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