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Female chowing down on an American Coot in the morning "Golden Hour" light. The entrails were hanging down a good 4-5 feet below the bottom of the pic.

23503060650_55ce6ddef3_k.jpgBerry Female Bald Eagle by Jason, on Flickr

Giving me some stink eye.

23503036110_4dcbba5afa_k.jpgBerry Female Bald Eagle by Jason, on Flickr

23171911523_a7c700e34d_k.jpgBerry Female Bald Eagle by Jason, on Flickr

She's feaking (cleaning her beak) but appears to be licking a branch in the process.

23716253801_da3c0e20e6_k.jpgBerry Female Bald Eagle by Jason, on Flickr

Female flight shot.

23430710819_af4ca3edf8_k.jpgBerry Female Bald Eagle by Jason, on Flickr

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I believe this is a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk (some of the other folks on here might be able to identify him/her better). I had called it a morning last Sunday 12-13-15 after horrible light chasing the eagles and not coming away with any keepers. I needed to pick up a small gift card box for one of my nephew's for Christmas, so I stopped by the Dollar Tree on the way home. I get out of the car and hear screeching, look up, and there sat this guy at the top of the light pole the next row over. Thankfully the clouds had broken for a few minutes and the sun was shinning through.

23653311421_c121458d80_k.jpgRTH 2 by Jason, on Flickr

23627128982_f8b0033b84_k.jpgRTH 3 by Jason, on Flickr

23107492404_db586780b1_k.jpgRTH 4 by Jason, on Flickr

23653309201_7c3345643f_k.jpgRTH 5 by Jason, on Flickr

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Great Bald Eagle and other photos Mookie. I would love to be able to see and photograph these eagles in the wild.

Thanks. I never would have gotten the opportunity if the pair hadn't decided to nest where they did. You couldn't ask for a better location!

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Here are a few more from this past weekend.

The eagles stuck to the nest from most of both mornings as we get closer to eggs. So while they weren't being cooperative, I found a few other things to shoot. This one was while it was still 28-30F out

23796321681_f8c2e4de85_k.jpgWinter Leaves 2 by Jason, on Flickr

Not an overall great shot, but a different one. The male went into a cluster of branches to break one and ended up hanging upside down while clutching his chosen branch.

23270724284_a21810b6aa_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Male 1 by Jason, on Flickr

Bringing the branch back to the nest.

23272115963_b344a54baf_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Male 3 by Jason, on Flickr

23790593012_783bd9dd51_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Male 4 by Jason, on Flickr

23272114363_cbbe34837a_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Male 7 by Jason, on Flickr

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Great shots Rubber Ducky! You've got some outstanding work. I have the patience to sit at an eagle's nest for 8 hours on a Saturday for 2 minutes of flight time, but don't have the patience to deal with people. biggrin.png

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Here are a few recent shots that aren't of eagles. Surprise!!

It felt good to get back to basics and shoot something different.

The Gate of Opportunity at Berry College.

23987892326_987ae10e60_k.jpgBerry GOO 4 by Jason, on Flickr

Playing around with my fisheye. This is a HDR shot of Frost Chapel at Berry College in some very overcast and cloudy conditions. Gorgeous building that my wife and I were married at.

23931426301_ea34a7a792_k.jpgFrost Chapel 2 by Jason, on Flickr

This is the door from the above shot.

23646111479_25a87e4b18_k.jpgFrost Chapel 3 by Jason, on Flickr

This is the Winshape Retreat on Berry College's Mountain Campus. Before being renovated to accommodate couples for counseling and businesses using the buildings for leadership retreats, they were the Normandy Dairy Barns for Berry's dairy cows. This was taken just before the sun disappeared behind some clouds at sunset with a 9 stop ND Filter to smooth the water and show the cloud movement.

24138213135_9703adea2f_k.jpgWinshape Retreat 3 by Jason, on Flickr

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So I've been photographing the Berry College eagles for a little over 3 years now. During that time, I've seen them hunt at a nearby lake but they were often too far away that my 100-400 lens and cropping wasn't enough to get clear shots or they lighting was so bad that the shots were nothing but noise and grainy. Well this past weekend was PHENOMENAL!! Sunday, we saw the female grab an American Coot off the water, but it was both of the above problems. So far off and cloudy conditions with terrible light. On top of that, there was a juvenile in the area that decided he/she wanted the Coot after landing in the same tree as the female. The juvie took off after her and there was a tussle and ruckus through the branches and the juvie wound up with the coot. Horrible conditions, but I got the shots....even if they are crappy. I'll post those later.

Then came Monday morning....MLK day. I was at the lake with a couple other photographers with the female bouncing from tree to tree in the vicinity of a dead coot floating in the water. Brilliant light, Coot was maybe 100 feet from us, and we were hoping! It happened! Ma Berry took off out of a tree, circled several times, made a few hard banks getting lower and lower, talons outstretched, and BAM! Coot in hand!! Or talon. The satisfaction that I felt after getting the shots was only intensified during the processing. Here they are....enjoy.

Grabbing the Coot.

24175934870_906af7fe8c_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 1 by Jason, on Flickr

Jesus eagle....Walking on water.

24471521105_965fdf6c64_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 2 by Jason, on Flickr

Lifting off of the water.

23843314724_2df606d167_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 3 by Jason, on Flickr

Making a retreat with the prize!

24103736099_fa0e6b5794_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 4 by Jason, on Flickr

In flight with one of the nearby homes in the background. Can you imagine being able to sit on your front porch to see this?!

24445314226_1268ba9bf6_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 5 by Jason, on Flickr

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A few more from the Coot grab....

Nictitating membrane covering her eye.

24523160826_445f98926b_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 28 by Jason, on Flickr

Almost the exact same shot only without the nictitating membrane.

24441040662_6af0485079_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 32 by Jason, on Flickr

One of my favorites. Love the wing positioning.

24181580159_2bdf544032_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 29 by Jason, on Flickr

Wings tipped back

23921164174_3adbab692d_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 30 by Jason, on Flickr

This one shows a common wing position when soaring with the wings pretty much flat across. When viewing eagles, Vultures are often mistaken for them due to the similar size and coloration (except for the head and tail in adult eagles). Vultures, however will typically have a distinct "V" shape when soaring where as eagles appear to be more flat across.

24253806110_e719c50aa2_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 31 by Jason, on Flickr

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These next few are prior to the Coot grab....

Love the lighting on this one. I like that she's half in shadows and half in light.

24195671970_cf3b17e496_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 8 by Jason, on Flickr

Banking before going in low.

24382933852_ec3c541d5b_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 10 by Jason, on Flickr

Making her last bank before coming in low to snatch the Coot.

24467044271_a30cfe3ad5_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 23 by Jason, on Flickr

Going in low with talons down!!

24382930212_4331187c2f_k.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 15 by Jason, on Flickr

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Last ones for now. A Red Tailed Hawk that was hanging out on a building near the eagles nest. We could literally walk up to the edge of the building and look up only to see this guy looking down at us. Maybe 20 feet up.

Nictitating membrane over the eye

23900600224_105fb4ae1e_k.jpgRTH 15 by Jason, on Flickr

Flying to a different part of the building.

24420498412_82baf17e5f_k.jpgRTH 4 by Jason, on Flickr

Sitting on the gutter.

24161018589_18f06cf330_k.jpgRTH 5 by Jason, on Flickr

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Went down to South Georgia over the weekend to a little farm called White Oak Pastures.  They raise goats, sheep, turkeys, ducks, hogs, grass fed cattle, and free range chickens.  About 75-100 juvenile and sub adult bald eagles have taken up residence there and are picking off the chickens.  Here are a few shots from Saturday.  I've still got quite a few to go through though.

Early in the morning when we first arrived around sun rise.  Probably around 4-4.5 years old sub adult as he still has some black behind his eyes.

24646730751_2fe136e61a_c.jpgWOP 1 by Jason, on Flickr

 

A 2-3 year old juvenile.

24622445692_21e2da8de1_c.jpgWOP 4 by Jason, on Flickr

 

Same juvenile from a different angle.

24112080574_425290e904_c.jpgWOP 5 by Jason, on Flickr

 

A 1-2 year old juvenile.

24112079664_d2f9a845b3_c.jpgWOP 11 by Jason, on Flickr

 

A 3-4 year old juvenile.

24444720920_d25a387dee_c.jpgWOP 12 by Jason, on Flickr

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A few more.

 

An almost fully mature.  Just a touch of black behind the eye.

24136047084_8c089cb1ef_c.jpgWOP 16 by Jason, on Flickr

 

Juvie peeking around a branch.

24646399822_bea7a6f9a5_c.jpgWOP 17 by Jason, on Flickr

 

Juvie with a snack.

24737976916_a1e5f3b371_c.jpgWOP 20 by Jason, on Flickr

 

This was a 1st for me.  I've never photographed an eagle standing in water, but thought that it was really cool to see.

24487863290_8f650a9509_c.jpgWOP 22 by Jason, on Flickr

 

Taking a sip of water.

24689896971_d1815b164f_c.jpgWOP 23 by Jason, on Flickr

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Female at Berry College.  She had just finished off an American Coot for breakfast and flew to one of her favorite perches to preen and feak.  You can still see some of the Coot's blood on her talons.  She was nice enough to glance down towards me.

24515559849_0b400230d5_c.jpgBerry Female Bald Eagle 2 by Jason, on Flickr

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A few more from recent days...

Zero crop on this one.  The female flew by and filled the frame.

25390739703_6ef631e6a7_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 6 by Jason, on Flickr

Love having clouds to soften up the skies and the morning light on her underside was great that day.

25898874852_b42ef938f4_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 9 by Jason, on Flickr

Female hovering over the nest tree and coming into the nest from above after a fully mature intruder decided to hang out one afternoon and buzz the nest a few times.

25924784841_ea582ea161_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 16 by Jason, on Flickr
 

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The intruding fully mature eagle.  Such a beautiful bird!

25386930774_9fc4ae6c1e_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Intruder 2 by Jason, on Flickr

Intruding eagle hovering to the right of the nest looking down on Ma and the babies.

25898873472_97d6b37279_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Intruder 3 by Jason, on Flickr

Intruding eagle hovering to the right of the nest looking down on Ma and the babies.

25924784221_579482dd08_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Intruder 4 by Jason, on Flickr

Intruding eagle hitting the afternoon light on a nest fly by.

25898873242_e52b3a736e_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Intruder 5 by Jason, on Flickr

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