Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cloudy With A Chance of Eagles

Weekend Eagle Watching I spent another Saturday afternoon eagle watching.
It was a gray cloudy day in Iowa.

Weather conditions were not really favorable for photographing eagles today.

Didn't matter. The eagles, photographers and bird watchers
at Lock & Dam 14 were out and about looking for a catch.

Here is fine catch for the eagle and me.

Oh... the eagle and I each barley managed this capture.

The skies were gray or a cloudy, white today.
It was difficult to get "that shot" we all keep coming back for.

The water was dingy and gray also.
Many photographers were willing to share advice on settings and techniques
while enjoying the eagles today. I had my ISO set at 800 and was advised to lower it to 400. I had my flash compensation set at +2/3 and was advised to try +1 1/3 today. I am very appreciative of the tips I receive as I learn to use settings for the 7D.

This eagle caught a fish, transferred it from claw to mouth in mid air and ate it!
I really wish my focus was better for these shots.

Here it swallows the fish as it continues to fly.
I managed 4 shots per second of 8 allowed for the Canon 7D for this action series.
The two shots above are two of them.

Then two shots in a row of this juvenile.

I am working on allowing myself to use the speed the Canon 7D offers for birdwatchers.
A few weeks ago another photographer suggested I use the rapid fire 8 frames per second feature after noticing my waiting for the shot style. I have a tendency to click one shot, maybe two in a row while I listen to other photographers sound like a Tommy gun. This was a difficult transition for me because I was afraid that my pictures would all be blurry if I clicked so many frames in a row.
Five in a row. Hmm. I think I can get used to this.

Getting closer. Eye on the prize.

Places to go.

Visit my smug-mug gallery for more Eagle images
from this and last years visits to the Lock and Dams.


  1. Oh Debbie, these are EXCELLENT! Looks like a fabulous day of eagle watching :) and a fabulous day of fishing for the eagle :)

    PS - I love it when fellow photogs help me out with settings on my camera.

  2. Great flight shots. I leave my camera on burst mode at all times. That's the beauty of digital cameras. Even if you miss a shot, you can always delete it.

    Eagles are one bird that you can never get enough of.

  3. Superb series Debbie!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you everyone. I am so enjoying the 7D and the eagles! Just a few more weeks to enjoy their beauty before they move on.