Bald Eagles on the Wabash River July 4th, 2018
My spouse and I spent the morning of the 4th of July on the Wabash River north of Terre Haute, looking for wildlife and hoping to see some the of recent eagles that have returned to the river. Growing up in Indiana for over a half century, I never saw a native Hoosier eagle in Indiana, anywhere, although they definitely were here in Indiana when the Europeans first arrived.
I am happy to say that bald eagles are home grown Hoosiers, now, with several eagle nests that I know of within 30 miles or so. Yesterday, we saw several mature and juvenile eagles watching the river as we floated by them.
Fast shutter speeds, and their associated high ISOs were required. Shooting lots of frames in the brief time availble for a shot helps a bit, as the scene continually changes as the boat floats downriver, tips and rolls, and the eagle reacts to the wind, the water, and the new presence floating down the river.
The first eagle of the morning was a mature bald eagle in a maple tree, that looked like eagles had used that branch often, from the white coloration of the eagle waste on it. Shot with a 1Dx MkII, Tamron 150-600 at 600mm, f 8.0, 1/1600th, ISO 6400
Same settings as above
And a juvenile eagle in a dead tree
A mature bald eagle lofting ISO 1000
It is really special to witness the return of the eagles to Indiana, especially on the 4th of July
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