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Eagle from 2009

Duane ­ N
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Sep 12, 2013 04:49 |  #1

I haven't been able to get out much as of late (work and weather is my excuse) so I've been digging through some external hard drives and came across a folder containing images of the original female eagle from the nest I've photographed since 2008.

Sadly this eagle was struck and killed at the near-by airport in 2011 as she fed on a Carp at the end of the runway. I have learned a lot about wildlife photography since these images were taken and I learned even more about the people I surrounded myself with while photographing wildlife....I really miss these days but I wouldn't change a thing.




For the ones familiar with this nest (Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, VA) and are keeping up with the lawsuit filed on behalf of the eagles to prevent the harassment permit issued to the city of Norf*ck from being renewed the USFWS asked the lawyer hired by a group of people handling this case for a 30 day extension to respond to the lawsuit. The lawyer granted the 30 day extension so now it looks as if we should hear something by early October what the USFWS is going to do. The pair of eagles (original male and his new mate) are still frequenting their nesting territory despite what the USDA-WS has done to them during the 2012 nesting season which was tear down every nesting attempt and cut branches out of the trees they tried to build a nest in, physically chase them when they see them and light off bird bangers (similar to firecrackers) to scare them away from the area...the eagles kept returning and even went so far to associate a white pick-up truck (what the USDA drives) with not being at the nest site and then return to build a nest after the truck left. (external link)

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Sep 12, 2013 05:14 |  #2

really great shots why any one could harm these is beyond me

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Sep 12, 2013 05:48 |  #3

Your images were just as stunning back then as they are now. Thanks for keeping us informed on the ongoing eagle issues in your area.

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Sep 12, 2013 09:41 |  #4

Well Duane your images are a lasting tribute to this magnificent Eagle. Love seeing them.

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Sep 12, 2013 10:05 |  #5

Always great to see your images, Duane; and thanks for the update on the efforts to stop the idiocy

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