Montana Outdoors

May 20, 2007

Bald Eagle

Filed under: Animals, Bald Eagle, Birds, Environment, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 8:03 pm

Photographing small birds is something I don’t seem to have a knack for, but sometimes I can catch a large one.

Bald Eagle


  1. WOW!!

    now that is AWESOME!


    Comment by skouba — May 20, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

  2. “Awesome” is a good word for these big guys.

    This is one of my fishing buddies, but he’s much better at it than I am. He’s usually on the other side of the river, but sometimes will sit in this dead pine on this side.


    Comment by montucky — May 20, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

  3. Amazing photo!


    Comment by aullori — May 21, 2007 @ 8:40 am

  4. I see this guy nearly every day, but he’s usually flying or fishing or sitting in one of his trees across the river and downstream a ways. When he greets me, his scream just soars across the river and echoes from the hill on the other side.


    Comment by montucky — May 21, 2007 @ 8:56 am

  5. Good shot! I’ve never been able to get that close to one to photograph, though they’re fairly common up here. So is he used to people and just doesn’t care that you’re there, or are you way out in the boonies and skilled at sneaking up on him?


    Comment by wolf — May 21, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

  6. I just got lucky. He had enough patience to let me get one shot at 12X. I don’t have the skill to stalk one of these guys. If they can see a cottontail rabbit at 2 miles, there’s not much of a chance they’d miss seeing me coming in their direction.

    There are two pairs that nest not too far down stream (this is probably one of them) and I see them every day, but at a distance. Often they will be at the river’s edge directly across from me, but at a range of 300 – 400 yards.


    Comment by montucky — May 21, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

  7. I’ve gotten lucky in sighting them but taking a photo… no way! I know what you mean by calling him your fishing partner. It is so neat to watch these birds fish. There is a family there right at our favorite fishing hole. They out fish me every day of the week! You did good!


    Comment by aullori — May 22, 2007 @ 12:05 am

  8. They’re tough to photograph, but as the summer goes by I’m sure there will be other chances. In the past I can remember times when I saw them very close, of course those were times when I didn’t have a camera with me.

    We even had one land on the hillside near the house one day with a fish. He sat there and ate it while we watched.

    The next will be the osprey. I know of a couple nests near a stream I frequently fish, and I’ll check them out this summer. Last year there were chicks peeking out over the side of the nest, but I couldn’t get the shot.


    Comment by montucky — May 22, 2007 @ 7:03 am

  9. I can’t wait to see you capture your osprey – you sincerely have an eye for photography! I always thought that great hunters could be great photographers only because they can pick out the slightest movement – and usually have a knowledge of what made it. :o)


    Comment by aullori — May 23, 2007 @ 9:10 am

  10. Last year I took some photos of an Osprey nest at a distance. When I got closer to it, I could see some chicks peeking out over the edge, but the camera I was using didn’t have enough zoom to catch them. That was on May 31, so I’ll be sure to check around that time this year and if I have the patience, should get something interesting. I also was able to watch the adults feeding the chicks and listen to the proceedings.

    The nest is in the top of a lightning-struck Ponderosa about 60 feet from the ground. It’s not situated where it’s possible to see it from above though.

    Another challenge will be to attempt to photograph the Osprey fishing as they frequently do on the river below the house. There is a stretch of riffle about a mile long, and when the breeze is coming up the canyon just right, they will hover, facing into the wind until they see what they want, then dive. That should take up a few hours/days, although I’m not sure I can get close enough.


    Comment by montucky — May 23, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  11. He’s majestic! …and a symbol for your country!


    Comment by McPuffin — August 27, 2007 @ 10:47 am

  12. Yes he is, McPuffin. I never tire of seeing them.

    Thanks for the visit!


    Comment by montucky — August 27, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

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