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Well at least after 4 weeks of checking the two are back on their nest.....issue is all they did for 3 hours of me watching was preen themselves and then eventually fly off to another tree and chase away a rogue eagle that flew through the territory. The nest is still in shambles, no sticks have been added for over a month. These two need to get busy. Last year was +5C around this time and just kept warming from there. So far we are at -10C highs at best. I think it will be a late nesting year this year.

Anyways, here are a few of the love birds sitting around doing absolutely nothing

After checking back through a few years of NSFW images I figured out that the eagle on the higher branch with lighter eyes is dad and the one with slightly more yellow eyes on the lower perch is mom.




  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +2x III lens    1200mm    f/16.0    1/250s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +2x III lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Mar 16, 2017 at 11:06 PM
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A few more....





  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +2x III lens    1200mm    f/11.0    1/320s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +2x III lens    1200mm    f/11.0    1/400s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lens    600mm    f/11.0    1/320s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +2x III lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Mar 16, 2017 at 11:06 PM
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Very well done Geoff. You are just about the only person I can think of that can shoot down on a perched eagle ~ Ron


Mar 17, 2017 at 01:46 AM
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Geoff, super set of raptors, hard to pick a favorite.

-Tim



Mar 17, 2017 at 02:17 AM
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Cool set Geoff. Our eagles are easily gender identifiable as the female is usually noticeably larger.


Mar 17, 2017 at 02:32 AM
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#1

#5



Mar 17, 2017 at 02:41 AM
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Herb Houghton wrote:
Cool set Geoff. Our eagles are easily gender identifiable as the female is usually noticeably larger.


Thanks Herb.

On average the female is 30% larger but that is only an average. The largest males out there can be bigger than the smallest females. Alaskan eagles are 30% larger than Florida eagles and size increases gradually from southern to northern populations. This couple is very similar in size. Mom is maybe slightly bigger especially before laying her eggs but usually they are so similar in size that whichever one decides to fluff out their feathers more on a given day looks bigger. That has led me over the past 4 years to look for other identifiers on their beaks, eyes or feathers (but the feathers change over every year). The only real predictable marker from year to year for this couple is that the female has larger dip in the lower lip where it ends at the cheek.



Mar 17, 2017 at 02:48 AM
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Another "over the top" series. #4 is an awesome shot.


Mar 17, 2017 at 03:22 AM
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Stunning work as always Geoff !!! This is such a beautiful set.

Birdie



Mar 17, 2017 at 03:22 AM
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Another great set of images of these eagles! Your long-term relationship with this pair has produced some extraordinary images. I look forward to seeing more.

Dave



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Great images, Geoff!
Keith W.



Mar 17, 2017 at 07:15 AM
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Wonderful images of a beautiful couple Geoff!


Mar 17, 2017 at 08:47 AM
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These are sweet, Geoff.


Mar 17, 2017 at 10:42 AM
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surfnron wrote:
Very well done Geoff. You are just about the only person I can think of that can shoot down on a perched eagle ~ Ron


Thanks Ron. I'm fairly tall so that is how I get it done
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tfoltz wrote:
Geoff, super set of raptors, hard to pick a favorite.

-Tim


Thanks Tim
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morris wrote:
#1

#5


Thanks Morris



Mar 17, 2017 at 01:54 PM
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#4 is sooo beautiful


Mar 17, 2017 at 01:56 PM
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#4 with the 2 eagles and one calling is superb. Wonderful stuff here. The African fish eagle calls the same way.

Don



Mar 17, 2017 at 01:57 PM
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Good to see they are at least thinking about the nest. I'm looking forward to the babies as you always have views that can't be duplicated. - Barry


Mar 17, 2017 at 02:08 PM
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Lovely work Geoff. I am continually amazed by your control on the whites


Mar 17, 2017 at 02:14 PM
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Interesting that they are just hanging around with no long term plan at least yet....hopefully it's still not too late to get their act together. Super shots Geoff...sorry I've run out of superlatives but will order more from Amazon soon so be prepared!
Eric



Mar 17, 2017 at 03:34 PM
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louie champan wrote:
Another "over the top" series. #4 is an awesome shot.


Thanks Louie
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birdied wrote:
Stunning work as always Geoff !!! This is such a beautiful set.

Birdie


Thanks Birdie
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dclark wrote:
Another great set of images of these eagles! Your long-term relationship with this pair has produced some extraordinary images. I look forward to seeing more.

Dave


Thanks Dave.



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