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Jan 23, 2018 08:03 |  #1

Posted these shot(and others) on the L&D 14 thread, one of the longest running on potn. But the number of followers there are more limited, so adding this thread. Hope I'm not being too brazen.

It was an unbelievable day with birds flying all around and fishing plus cloudless sky! Took over 1200 shots in 3 hours before the cold forced me to quit.

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Jan 23, 2018 18:51 |  #2

About how many birds do you reckon were out there that day? Great photos!


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Jan 23, 2018 18:55 |  #3

Great shots, but I especially love 3 and 6 with the water texture in the BG.


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Jan 24, 2018 05:16 |  #4

spitfirejd wrote in post #18547635 (external link)
About how many birds do you reckon were out there that day? Great photos!

Thank you. The Corps' count was 55 eagles-seemed like more. I see last week the count was 87.

Scrumhalf wrote in post #18547640 (external link)
Great shots, but I especially love 3 and 6 with the water texture in the BG.

Thanks, appreciated. Looks like the same juvenile in both shots, but they were taken about an hour apart.


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Jan 24, 2018 06:37 |  #5

Fantastic
I am from the UK and am so envious of these shots. They are certainly on my list of birds I must photograph.




  
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Jan 24, 2018 08:26 |  #6

Fordsabroad wrote in post #18547886 (external link)
Fantastic
I am from the UK and am so envious of these shots. They are certainly on my list of birds I must photograph.

Thank you! Just going to have to visit the "colonies ". :-)


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Jan 24, 2018 09:17 |  #7

ardeekay wrote in post #18547920 (external link)
Thank you! Just going to have to visit the "colonies ". :-)

That's my plan - I hear you folks even speak our language!!!!!




  
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Jan 24, 2018 14:15 |  #8

Fordsabroad wrote in post #18547950 (external link)
That's my plan - I hear you folks even speak our language!!!!!

Yeah, sorta!:-D


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Jan 24, 2018 19:28 |  #9

Enjoy seeing your Eagle shots Rog, especially like #2, probably because of the back ground and a pose not seen real often, I would be thankful if any of them were mine.
So now a couple questions, I see you used at least two different lenses, can you estimate the distance when using the 300 and than the 150-600. Not asking for an answer on every shot.

I've located some birds close to home and tried for them yesterday with only my 120-300 because it was late afternoon with heavy cloud cover, did not get close enough to get a real pleasing shot. On my way back I found 4 more birds one mile from my home, close to a secondary hwy, they will likely be there a few days. The best setup would be from my truck next to the road but all of my nice neighbors think honking and waving as they go by is a good idea, so now I need to hide from both the Eagles and people. Was wondering if you have had to crop your pics for these results or getting very close. I doubt my birds will tolerate seeing anyone outside of a vehicle as they seem very skittish.


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Jan 25, 2018 05:26 |  #10

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Enjoy seeing your Eagle shots Rog, especially like #2, probably because of the back ground and a pose not seen real often, I would be thankful if any of them were mine.
So now a couple questions, I see you used at least two different lenses, can you estimate the distance when using the 300 and than the 150-600. Not asking for an answer on every shot.

I've located some birds close to home and tried for them yesterday with only my 120-300 because it was late afternoon with heavy cloud cover, did not get close enough to get a real pleasing shot. On my way back I found 4 more birds one mile from my home, close to a secondary hwy, they will likely be there a few days. The best setup would be from my truck next to the road but all of my nice neighbors think honking and waving as they go by is a good idea, so now I need to hide from both the Eagles and people. Was wondering if you have had to crop your pics for these results or getting very close. I doubt my birds will tolerate seeing anyone outside of a vehicle as they seem very skittish.


Hello Steve-and thank you very much for the compliments!

Thinking about your questions, this was a very unusual day-the Eagles were virtually everywhere. As close as 25-30 feet to as far away(for my shots)as 300-400 yds. Usually, the fishing shots were about 75-100 feet out while the aloft were often in the 100-250 foot range.

I took 2 camera/lens combos-7D with the 300L and the 7DII/Sigma 150-600 for 3 reasons: first it was COLD, 6 deg. on my car's dash and as you well know, this is rough on battery life; 2nd I wanted to compare the 2 lens(IMO the 300 is just a tad better in IQ and noticeably quicker w. AF speed. As it should be.)and 3rd, the DII/Sig had produced some OOF shots the day before which turned out to be a poor focus limiter setting by me. All the images w/ the 8000 file number sequence were with the Canon lens, the rest w/ the Sigma combo. Any exif with the 100-400 lens is actually the Sigma, I do not own the 100-400 unfortunately.

I believe every shot posted has been cropped to some degree. Just the way I do things. I've included 2 of the images straight out of the camera for your comparison. Also, another first by accident! This time the camera lost focus on the eagle and I got some Common Goldeneyes in focus but a long ways out. Plan as of now to go there tomorrow and check the other fowl a little more carefully.

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Hope I've been of some help, let me know if you have other questions and good luck!

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Jan 25, 2018 10:18 |  #11

Planning a trip up to LD14, thinking mid February, that still a good time? There usually plenty of Eagles still around? Also is 400mm usually enough? First time up doing this. THanks


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Jan 25, 2018 15:49 |  #12

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Planning a trip up to LD14, thinking mid February, that still a good time? There usually plenty of Eagles still around? Also is 400mm usually enough? First time up doing this. THanks

Depends on the weather between now and then-if stays cold, the colder the better, it should be fine then. Too many warm periods and will definitely fall off. Go to Army Corps of Engineers website and find eagle count for L&D 14, Mt. Pleasant, Ia. for a running check on how things are shaping up. And 400 is plenty on a good day. In any of my images from that day w/ an 8000 series in the file number were taken w/ my 300(on a crop sensor camera).

Good luck. Planning on a trip tomorrow if not too cloudy.


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Jan 26, 2018 00:41 |  #13

Thanks Rog for the reply, this gives me a good idea of what I need to do. My timing with good light and the birds being there is the first hurdle to get over, then closing in some more will help. I used the 120-300 for sports the last year and was well pleased but so far in low light on wildlife just not satisfied. Too high iso and 2.8 or slightly higher aperture is not letting me crop much without degrading the photos. Where I'm seeing most of the Eagles it is dark and very thick foliage, difficult place to photograph in but that's where they are and only 1 mile from home so have to try.
Today would have been good light but had to work. Had a two hour break so went to check on the Eagles, they were soaring in circles high over the river and in a Northern direction. It did not take long for them to go several miles and out of sight. Milder weather is causing some ice break up and looks like the Eagles are going to be scattered much more in my area.
I did not like the -20 degree F temps we had for the first half of January but it was bringing a lot of Eagles to my area and an occasional Snowy Owl even further South than where I live. With the snow gone, ice breaking up and warm temps it may be more comfortable to hunt with the camera but the sought after birds may be gone.


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Jan 26, 2018 07:29 as a reply to  @ Grizz1's post |  #14

Just say to yourself, “If it was easy, anyone could do it!” ;-)a


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Jan 26, 2018 12:16 |  #15

ardeekay wrote in post #18548837 (external link)
Depends on the weather between now and then-if stays cold, the colder the better, it should be fine then. Too many warm periods and will definitely fall off. Go to Army Corps of Engineers website and find eagle count for L&D 14, Mt. Pleasant, Ia. for a running check on how things are shaping up. And 400 is plenty on a good day. In any of my images from that day w/ an 8000 series in the file number were taken w/ my 300(on a crop sensor camera).

Good luck. Planning on a trip tomorrow if not too cloudy.

Thanks buddy, still throwing the idea around!


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