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Apr 07, 2013 18:57 |  #1

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The female wasn't happy and when he jumped off of her she bit him on the face. They didn't actually mate...it's what wildlife biologists call bonding where they go through the motions but no mating occurs.

Before all of this happened they were doing a lot of chattering after the male landed next to her. (male on right)

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Apr 07, 2013 18:59 |  #2

Beautiful shots! The first one's just awesome!


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Apr 07, 2013 20:36 |  #3

I need to buy whatever Invisible Suit everyone seems to be using. How on earth do you get that close?

Superb shots.


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Apr 07, 2013 21:28 |  #4

Excellent.


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Apr 07, 2013 23:16 |  #5

M_Six wrote in post #15801686 (external link)
I need to buy whatever Invisible Suit everyone seems to be using. How on earth do you get that close?

Superb shots.

Planning on being in NE Iowa anytime soon? I can get you within 100 feet of a very cooperative pair with eggs due to hatch any day. Nest is in a pasture within 45 yards of the road, and the male's favorite perch is in a dead tree even closer. The landowner's fence seems to be the "invisible" barrier that they get nervous when you cross. Stay on your side of the fence, be quiet and he doesn't show any sign of stress.




  
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Apr 07, 2013 23:30 |  #6

Cool pictures ... the first is my favorite!!




  
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Apr 07, 2013 23:31 |  #7

Shackleton wrote in post #15802192 (external link)
Planning on being in NE Iowa anytime soon? I can get you within 100 feet of a very cooperative pair with eggs due to hatch any day. Nest is in a pasture within 45 yards of the road, and the male's favorite perch is in a dead tree even closer. The landowner's fence seems to be the "invisible" barrier that they get nervous when you cross. Stay on your side of the fence, be quiet and he doesn't show any sign of stress.

Where at in NE Iowa?? .. from Des Moines here




  
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Apr 08, 2013 04:29 |  #8

M_Six wrote in post #15801686 (external link)
I need to buy whatever Invisible Suit everyone seems to be using. How on earth do you get that close?

Superb shots.

The male Eagle has been nesting at this botanical garden since 2003-2004 and he has become accustomed to humans walking around beneath him. The female is new to the area and has been here since 2012 and she is just as tolerant towards humans as he is....they are completely wild though and come and go as they please.

To give you an idea of how tolerant they are they are being harrassed by the USDA since late 2012 because they have been labeled a safety hazard to the airport next door and permits were applied for by the city of Norfolk to rid this area of nesting eagles. They've been spotlighted at night by the USDA and chased away, they've been shot at with a paintball gun (not to hit them but to scare them) over 30 times, they've been physically chased by the USDA and bird bangers (small firecrackers) have been set off to scare them away but yet they are still hanging around trying to build nests which are torn down each time they become substantial. All this is done before the botanical garden opens to the public and after they close...the Eagles have learned the USDA's routine and just show up when they know the asshats won't be there...lol.

Here is a video from yesterday morning...the eagles could care less a couple of photographers were there and they were taking a break after working on a new nest.

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Apr 08, 2013 07:37 |  #9

Ah, I remember you posted before about them. Good thing eagles aren't hunted. They'd be sitting, um....ducks with their familiarity of humans.


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Apr 08, 2013 15:17 |  #10

Amazing work as always Duane. That first one is cover shot material for sure.


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Apr 08, 2013 15:22 |  #11

Freedom mother****er.


Great shots.


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Apr 08, 2013 17:25 as a reply to  @ mvrk10256's post |  #12

Wow, both are very good.


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