Whenever we leave the house I have all three cameras with me - they fit in one camera bag - along with extra flash cards, lots of freshly charged batteries and my tripod. My eyes scan the trees and roadsides for birds, I let my eyes wander a bit looking for fences, or mailboxes, or rock walls - then back to the trees and sky. On our latest trip to Lynden to find Clydesdales, I spotted a lot of eagles - some were not in a place where I could get a good shot - but others were.
A young eagle sitting in a tree . . .
Another sitting on the tip top of a tree. We backed into a parking lot so I could get a good view of this eagle. People slowed their cars as they went past - looking to see just what I was taking pictures of.
I've done that before, have you? I see someone stopped along the road - with a telescope or a camera and I always want to know what they are looking at. Sometimes I find something good - sometimes I find nothing and sometimes I stop and ask what they see. One certainly doesn't want to miss an opportunity.
Farther along, almost in to town, we find this beauty. Just sitting up in a tree, waiting for lunch I suppose.
Closer to town, there is a tree with an eagle's nest, right over the river, but I've never seen eagles there before. And what luck - both eagles were in the tree this day.
This is a close up of the nest - taken a couple years ago - no eagles at that time, but I had a chance to stop on the bridge and get the photo, from a slightly different angle than today's photos.
The wind is blowing the feathers of the eagle out to the left . . .
This is the second eagle - the one sitting nearer the nest - I couldn't get as clear a shot of this one. This is nesting season so I am assuming that the eggs have hatched and the parents are taking a little break, and perhaps fishing for lunch for the eaglets.