One of my passions in life is taking photographs. And last year, around the end of January, I discovered that the area where I live celebrates a month-long Eagle Festival. Wanting to get out on a sunny day, I grabbed my son and headed up river to an eagle education site. I soon learned that even though the Eagle Festival was still very much in full swing, peak eagle-viewing time was passed, much like during our tulip time when the petals are leaving the blooms and fields are topped.
This year, noticing an uptick of eagles around our home area, I paid attention, and started venturing out in December. With winter months bringing spawning and dying salmon to our Washington State rivers, not only does this provide stock for one of our most popular catches: salmon, but it brings Bald Eagles looking for an easy meal. Eagle photo-ops abound!
About 300 feet from my front door is one of these smaller rivers. One of the beauties of living so close to eagles’ fishing ground, is being able to hear and see eagles every day; sitting in trees, flying over, circling around, and once in a while, dropping fish heads on the lawn.
These eagle photos were taken on 2 different rivers: the Samish and the Nooksack. And because photo-ops happen not just when I’m out scouting for a great picture, but when I’m out and about doing my daily business, the photos were taken with my point and shoot camera (Canon SX710 HS), that travels with me in my purse, and my digital SLR (Canon 70D).
The first group of shots was taken on the Nooksack River. I was scouting for eagles, when this bird flew towards me from a few hundred yards away, with a fish in its claws. It flew right up to where a small group of us were standing, and perched in a nearby tree to eat dinner. Click on a photo to see it in its entirety.
The next photos were caught in the spur of the moment in the front yard, and by a nearby river.
I happened upon these eagles while driving along a country road. Fortunately, I quickly found a safe place to pull over so I could capture their beauty before they flew off.
Finally, here are a few photos from a rare clear, sunny winter’s day. From November to March, the Pacific Northwest is known for its cloudy, rainy, drizzly, and foggy days, many of which include clouds down to the treetops. But once in a while, when a cold front comes through, we’ll get clear skies and freezing temperatures; which makes for some pretty photo opportunities… and freezing fingers.
No matter how many times I photograph a Bald Eagle, I never tire of how majestic they look. Now that eagle season is winding down, and it will be a few months until our tulips bloom, I’ll have to go exploring and find my next photo-op. Maybe it will a Great Blue Heron.
Absolutely stunning pictures. Hope your fingers thawed quickly!
Thanks Jan. Having spent a lot of time as a youngster enjoying winter sports, I always have warm gear on hand, and do wear gloves or mittens on those very chilly days. If I do more cold weather day photography, I might have to get a pair of those mittens where you can peel back the part over the fingers to reveal fingerless gloves.
Your pictures are amazing. We have a place like this just north of Vancouver in Squamish. This year wasn’t great but in the past I’ve seen hundreds of eagles at one time.
Thanks! And wow! Hundreds of eagles at a time. Just incredible. We have a favorite tree a few hundred yards from our dining room window, and the most I’ve seen there at once was nine. I would have posted the picture, but it’s such a big tree, that the birds don’t look very impressive in it.
Great photos. What magestic birds! We’re starting to see more around us, although still pretty rare. Lots more the farther north in Michigan we travel.
Thanks. I’m still getting used to having them so close. I grew up in New England and might have seen one eagle.
Amazing shots! I saw two of them while back for my dad’s funeral.
You missed my post about changing the setting so I can’t read you post in the Reader or email.
Susie, thank you and thank you again. Yes, I had missed that post about changing the settings, but I have changed them (and another one!). Thanks for pointing me to the reading settings. I obviously hadn’t investigated them since I set up my blog (or at least in a very long time).
You should get a lot more views.
Amazing shots! Thank you for giving us a peek at something I never see near me . . . .
Glad you enjoyed them. I’m lucky, living with so many around this time of year.
Holy cow, these pictures are breathtaking!
Such an exciting time of year for those of us who love and live around these incredible raptors! They blow me away… EVERY. TIME! Recently, coming back from the Vancouver airport, I saw about 50 in one tree! I couldn’t count fast enough, but at least 50! The sky was filled with them… hundreds! I was so jet lagged, but I just wanted to have my husband pull over, so we could watch. That didn’t happen. But, wow! Such an exciting thing to have them. Your photos are gorgeous, Sue, just spectacular!
Thanks Dawn. I’m envious that you got to see so many in one tree. Fabulous!!
If only I’d had my camera, and not been traveling 25 hours! That said, they are often there this time of year, thru’ spring.
Majestic and beautiful creatues. Thank you for highlighting them.
You’re very welcome. I love watching them.
I went to the eagle festival (several times actually) but once I went when there were SO MANY of the big boys flying. What was especially memorable were the young ones. The young do not have the white heads so they are easy to pick out and that day we counted some incredible number of young, 17 I think.
A…AMAZING! Absolutely majestic. And I also have a camera I carry in my purse and then one for the zoom. This is my eagle story but yours is sooo much better!! Truly amazing pictures!
Thank you! I took quite a few photos of eagles last winter, and had lots of pictures to choose from. I’ve noticed an uptick in sitings recently, so I’ll have to get ready for another photo safari or three.
I want to come 🙂 lol Enjoy!!