That Baldy was six hundred yards away, that’s why the photo’s kinda fuzzy.
Here’s the original, 3000mm full zoom on my Nikon P1000, no cropping, no color adjustments.
Here’s a diagram, showing the place. I’m standing at the end of the airport taxiway; the eagle is across from me, on the other side of the wastewater plant and Spanish Creek.
I had just arrived on my bicycle at the end of the taxiway and hadn’t even got off when I heard the eagle call. I was hoping to find one here today as it was; this has been a good Bald Eagle spotting location for the past few years now, but until today I hadn’t seen one in this proximity for this winter season.
As soon as I heard the call I looked over with my eyes and could just barely discern a white spot up in the pine trees. Immediately I pulled my binoculars and there I had it. I hopped off the bicycle, and kneeling down I used the bicycle seat as a camera rest. I knew that at the distance I was shooting and for what I could see in my viewfinder that the photos weren’t going to be spectacular, but thanks to the extreme zoom of the Nikon P1000 I also knew that what I did catch was going to be unmistakable for i.d.
Saturday, the 13th, started with snow and then turned to rain. By Sunday morning however the rain had passed and it looked like a bicycle outing was in the cards. I took off just before 9:00 a.m. and as soon as I was over on the bicycle path I spotted a Red-tailed Hawk in a tree. Good start!
After catching this hawk I made my way out to the airport and snagged the Baldy. On the way back I spotted yet another Red-tailed Hawk, a real looker, with good sun and lighting. In contrast to the eagle, this Red-tailed was only about fifty yards line-of-sight.
From here I pedaled on back into town and then over to Dellinger’s Pond, and from there on out to what I’m calling “FRC Ranch”, a place about a mile west of town that gives me a nice stretch of Spanish Creek to check out. By this time, I’ve put on the better part of five and a half miles, with two and a half to get back home.
Couple more photos and it’s over to you.
Common Goldeneye (female) at Dellinger’s
Bufflehead hen and drake at Dellinger’s
Red-tailed Hawk out at FRC Ranch
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