American Bald Eagle – Haliaeetus leucocephalus
One of my favorite Maine birds to watch and photograph is the American Bald Eagle. While this bird most likely will not partake in your feeder offerings, most birders know where to go to view these beautiful raptors. I am fortunate enough to have two nesting pair very nearby, and daily sightings are commonplace right from our backyard.
The BioDiversity Research Institute recently placed a cam at one of the nests that I monitor. The cam is equipped with infrared lights to allow for monitoring at night. This nest has been the home to many Bald Eagles over the years. Since I have lived here, 6 years, young have fledged from the nest every year. To view the cam, which is known as EagleCam 2, click here.
My vantage point is a small bluff overlooking a cove. I am far enough away from the nest as to not disturb the adult Eagles. I sit and wait for an opportunity to photograph an Eagle as it searches for food. To my left, approx 50 yards, is a perch that is favored by the Eagles. I prefer the morning hours just after sunrise, as the light is exquisite.
Monday morning was cool, clear, and the sunrise was spectacular. I filled my coffee mug and set out to watch the Eagles. I was not disappointed. In a matter of one and a half hours I filled my CF card. Shortly afterward, I was home enjoying the images on my computer.
Enjoy these images of the American Bald Eagle in the early morning light.
The following photos were taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography