I hadn’t meant to have my camera on me this day.
Lily and I went to deliver Meals on Wheels and I grabbed my camera bag on the way out the door. There’s a small part of me that would love to photograph a couple of the people we deliver meals to but I don’t have the confidence to ask and I’m not even sure that would be appropriate.
Anyway, I brought my camera along without thinking much about it until we witnessed a large group of eagles at the waterfront while driving home. They’d come to be fed by another photographer hoping to snap some photos. I asked if I could crash his party…
This is a sight we see from time to time; the eagles flying around almost like noisy seagulls fighting over crumbs. Although, it’s kind of intense when they are eagles with wingspans of six or eight feet flying around and swooping not far overhead.
I went home with more than 750 photos! Ack. Fun to take but a bit overwhelming to go through. What I noticed when flipping through the photos the first time was that my photos kept getting better and better as the frenzy went on! I tried different settings and it was clear that with each adjustment I was learning. Yay!
It seems the photo that most photographers want to get of the eagles is of them about to grab and then actually taking the bits of thrown fish out of the water. This was incredibly difficult for me to do. First figuring out which of the fifteen plus eagles was going for the fish and then tracking them with my old, slow telophoto lens. I had a lot of failures when it came to this shot!
I was able to narrow the final pictures down to just over a hundred and I’m proud and happy to share some of those with you! Some of these photos will show you a series of shots if you click on them or you can click to see some bigger.
I don’t ever want to take for granted our incredible access to bald eagles here in Prince Rupert.