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I photographed this sequence in a small preserve 3 miles east of the New York City line. It's dense suburbia in this location and like most of the New York City Metropolitan Area is great for birding. I was standing with a number of photographers photographing the eagle in a tree just over the nest when it took off and flew away from us. I observed the direction it flew and followed it hoping to get closer and an opportunity for flight images. It was perched high in a tree and I was able to get a clear view from the trail I was on. Another photographer was there and she told me this was the only opening. I set up with the eagle filling about 1/4 of the frame vertically. I decided to keep my TC in my pocket and use just my 500mm PF so I'd have some space for the wings and a bit of wiggle room when it flew. The other photographer decided to leave and wished me luck in getting flight images. The first image was about 15 minutes later.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris





1) Female calling her mate

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







2) It did not take him long to show up

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







3) They both sing

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







4) Oh my!

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







5) Unlike little birds, this lasted a long time and I filled my buffer twice

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







6) And then they separated

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2200s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







7) The male sings

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







8) After a while, the female joins in the song

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2500s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







9) The look of love

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







10) It looks like I'm going to get my flight image

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/3500s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







11) With a powerful down thrust of those huge wings and a kick of the legs

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/4400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







12) the male eagle takes to the air

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/4400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Mar 27, 2022 at 06:40 AM
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The male then glides over to the nest circling it once before landing and incubating there eggs

This was a joy to watch and photograph,

Morris





13) The male gliding through the air

  X-T3    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/4400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Mar 27, 2022 at 06:44 AM
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A year of waiting for 2 seconds of excitement. Neat sequence, Morris.



Mar 27, 2022 at 06:59 AM
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Looks like you struck gold. These are great. Tough to pick a favorite. I'll go with # 1,3,8. Congrats Morris a fine collection of eagle shots.

John



Mar 27, 2022 at 06:59 AM
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Great set Morris- I especially like #9.

Greg



Mar 27, 2022 at 08:48 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Eagles in love


Spectacular images!

DaveF



Mar 27, 2022 at 09:14 AM
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Great detail on the white heads



Mar 27, 2022 at 12:51 PM
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Wow!! Great timing, Morris!


Mar 27, 2022 at 01:27 PM
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great sequence !


Mar 27, 2022 at 01:30 PM
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Fantastic Morris ! great job sticking with them. Love #2
Gary



Mar 27, 2022 at 02:28 PM
 


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Great Series!
I like the fact that you are able to use the Nikon 500PF on your X-T3.
Should make a nice light weight setup.



Mar 27, 2022 at 03:23 PM
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Great series of mating images Morris. You were certainly rewarded for sticking it out.

Dave



Mar 27, 2022 at 07:09 PM
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Excellent work with these images you've documented this activity extremely well Morris. The technicals in each of these images is spot on, incredible detail.


Mar 27, 2022 at 07:51 PM
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Fantastic set Morris


Mar 27, 2022 at 08:16 PM
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morris wrote:
The male then glides over to the nest circling it once before landing and incubating there eggs

This was a joy to watch and photograph,

Morris


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YEG-Photog wrote:
A year of waiting for 2 seconds of excitement. Neat sequence, Morris.


Thank you Ken,

The sequence is just under 4 minutes yet you are correct about the time put in

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johnohio wrote:
Looks like you struck gold. These are great. Tough to pick a favorite. I'll go with # 1,3,8. Congrats Morris a fine collection of eagle shots.

John


Thank you John,
I can see these picks

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G.E. Smith wrote:
Great set Morris- I especially like #9.

Greg


Thank you greg,
It was great they way they looked at each other

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fingerda wrote:
Spectacular images!

DaveF


Thank you Dave

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runakid wrote:
Great detail on the white heads


Thank you Daniel,
I was carful about that and also the dark feathers

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OSP2017 wrote:
Wow!! Great timing, Morris!


Thank you Vladimir,
It was a great surprise to witness this. I'm glad I followed her

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CW100 wrote:
great sequence !


Thank you CW

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sum1sgrampa wrote:
Fantastic Morris ! great job sticking with them. Love #2
Gary


Thank you Gary,
That is a great moment and I was surprised to see him arrive like that

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Kenneth Farver wrote:
Great Series!
I like the fact that you are able to use the Nikon 500PF on your X-T3.
Should make a nice light weight setup.


Thank you Kenneth,
You are correct and its a pound lighter than when I was using the sigma 150-600 C

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dj_hess wrote:
Great series of mating images Morris. You were certainly rewarded for sticking it out.

Dave


Thank you Dave,
I knew I had to follow her when she flew off and did not appear to go far

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louie champan wrote:
Excellent work with these images you've documented this activity extremely well Morris. The technicals in each of these images is spot on, incredible detail.


Thank you Louie,
As you know, I pay attention to exposure and process carefully

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fotoconcepts wrote:
Fantastic set Morris


Thank you Bruce,

Morris



Mar 27, 2022 at 08:34 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Eagles in love


Great sequence! 3 and 5 in particular are spectacular.


Mar 27, 2022 at 08:50 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Eagles in love


Love it. The look of love is hilariously captioned!!! Beautiful set.


Mar 27, 2022 at 08:52 PM
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Very well presented sequence with great images. Well done Morris


Mar 28, 2022 at 10:07 AM
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Really nice series. It's great when a plan comes together like this, isn't it?
-Dave



Mar 28, 2022 at 10:37 AM
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Your patience paid off, Morris. This is an awesome set of images. GMV


Mar 29, 2022 at 06:36 AM
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