Bald Eagle Pair (behavioral shot)

An exciting time for me Oct. 9, 2014, when I saw that this Bald Eagle pair had returned to the Ridgefield NWR from being gone most of the summer.  The female (on the ground) had made a kill way out on a, still dry, Rest Lake.  White feathers flew as the bird ripped apart its prey.  I observed the bird for a while not realizing that I would see the male fly in and land to the right of her.  After landing, he promptly did a little jump toward her and got in on some of the meal himself.  This shot was taken at a long distance in anticipation of the birds flying toward me when they took off, thereby getting a closer shot.  No such luck–but now I know where to park if I observe them catching/eating a meal again because they typically fly back to the vicinity of their nest tree after a meal.

Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 1000, 500mm, 10:24 a.m.

An exciting time for me Oct. 9, 2014, when I saw that this Bald Eagle pair had returned to the Ridgefield NWR from being gone most of the summer.  The female (on the ground) had made a kill way out on a, still dry, Rest Lake.  White feathers flew as the bird ripped apart its prey.  I observed the bird for a while not realizing that I would see the male fly in and land to the right of her.  After landing, he promptly did a little jump toward her and got in on some of the meal himself.  This shot was taken at a long distance in anticipation of the birds flying toward me when they took off, thereby getting a closer shot.  No such luck–but now I know where to park if I observe them catching/eating a meal again because they typically fly back to the vicinity of their nest tree after a meal.

Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 1000, 500mm, 10:24 a.m.

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