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Finally made the long drive down to "Ted's Pond" to see if I could get a good Bald eagle fishing shot. There was very little action and it was all on the far side of the river. I think even the 800mm gang was pushing their limit and I max out at 400mm. Several photographers near me said they had never seen the action so poor and that the previous weekend had been great, just my luck. I think I'll try a little earlier in the month next year.





Saturday did start with a nice sunrise.

  Canon EOS 7D    55mm    f/10.0    1/30s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







I did get a few flyovers

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  Canon EOS 7D    400mm    f/5.6    1/4000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    400mm    f/5.6    1/4000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 22, 2011 at 02:02 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Bad dam day


I only spent 10 hrs. Saturday and 7 hrs. Sunday, so maybe I missed the best action.





More flyovers.

  Canon EOS 7D    400mm    f/5.6    1/4000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    400mm    f/5.6    1/800s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







I think the Black Vulture kind of sums up the weekend.

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Heavy crop of closest action. So it's not all sour grapes

  Canon EOS 7D    400mm    f/7.1    1/1250s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 22, 2011 at 02:12 PM
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Still better than a good day at work The eagles are fat and happy as evidenced by their big bellies and full crops. I have 1120mm videos showing them dragging fish right out of shallow water onto the rocks across the river. Even the birds fishing, had no bogey's chasing them I think the turkey day crowd may see some action start to resume. Nice sunrise shot.


Nov 22, 2011 at 02:30 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Bad dam day


Very nice set and hey I would love to get the shots you did -- great job

Birdie



Nov 22, 2011 at 03:16 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Bad dam day


Just the sunrise shot alone was worth the trip!
I would love to get a shot of an Eagle doing a grab, so for sure not a bust of a trip
Larry



Nov 22, 2011 at 03:47 PM
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Nice series. The landscape has beautiful colour. Gorgeous.

Y



Nov 22, 2011 at 04:28 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I did get some good shots and had a good time and the sunrise Saturday was gorgeous. I just didn't get the fishing shot I was hoping for. I met some good people and saw more long glass than I could imagine.

Herb, I agree it was better than work or even sitting on the couch watching football.

Bill



Nov 22, 2011 at 05:03 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Bad dam day


Terrific landscape shot at no.1!

Better luck next time on the eagle action.

Paul.



Nov 22, 2011 at 05:29 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Bad dam day


Bill, you still managed to get some fine images 2,3 and 5 are my favorites
Socrate



Nov 22, 2011 at 08:45 PM
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Man I want to have a bad day like that one. You got some nice captures Bill!

Mike



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Paul, Thanks for the pick, it was a beautiful sunrise.

Socrate, I'm happy with what I got, it's just that when you expect great action, good action doesn't seem as good.

Mike, It's just that the posts by Herb H. Ted E. and a few others made me think it was a sure thing which nature never is. There were enough eagles in the area to make me want to try again, but I don't know if I will be able to do that this year.

Bill



Nov 22, 2011 at 10:32 PM
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lovely set of flybys Bill


Nov 22, 2011 at 11:04 PM
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I was there the same day and just like last year the day I made the trip no action for the most part. One of these trips is going to produce for me. I agree with some others...that sunrise shot was worth it and you got some nice fly overs.


Nov 22, 2011 at 11:37 PM
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The sunrise is a beauty! At lest you got to see and shot this one.

Morris



Nov 23, 2011 at 02:07 AM
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That third shot is awesome.


Nov 23, 2011 at 02:09 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Bad dam day


Nice set. That eagle with the black head sure looks odd.


Nov 23, 2011 at 02:31 AM
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An excellent sunrise shot Bill. I'd take the eagle action too ~ Ron


Nov 23, 2011 at 02:34 AM
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kmunroe, The flybys were all close and the were all carrying a fish. This made for some easy shooting.

Duane N, The eagles were there they just didn't want to cooperate. I will give it another try sometime.

Morris, It was spectacular and I couldn't do it justice.

Nozzleforward, Thanks for looking and for the pick.

KCollett, Strangest eagle I ever saw and he had a lot of ugly brothers and sisters.

surfnron, Thanks and as Herb said it beat a day at work.

Bill



Nov 23, 2011 at 03:47 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Bad dam day


Better luck next time brother! I'd still take an BE flyover anyday over a complete skunk of a day!


Nov 23, 2011 at 06:14 AM
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Yea I know the feeling Bill. I saw all the posts from L & D 18 about three years ago. It was a great year for Eagles and there was action everywhere and it was nonstop from what I'm told. I decided to go the next year........... Uhhhhh They must have heard I was coming And it's been a steady decline every year since.... Airfare, motel, etc etc and ..... Well you get the idea

I have no idea where the eagles are going > But they sure as hell aint following me

Really nice sunrise and you got a few great keepers from your trip.

Ant



Nov 23, 2011 at 09:43 AM
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