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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

This is a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), the national bird and symbol for the United States of America. This one is perched near a nest that has been used by Bald Eagles for some years. This nest is in Saxe Point Park in Esquimalt. I apologize for the poor quality photo but I wanted to introduce this bird here since I have seen him several times now but have failed previously to capture any usable pictures. I'll be checking on him and his mate (she's not visible in the nest to the left) over the next few months and will be trying to get some images more worthy of this splendid bird. (This is all done with a 300 millimeter telephoto lens. The nest is at the top of a very tall tree and I will try to be as inconspicuous as possible on the ground so as not to disturb the brooding/hatching/rearing processes.)

5 comments:

Steve C said...

Great capture! I look forward to the additional photos

Dean Lewis said...

Bald eagles rank way up there in the bird world. Size and ability, and that 'stern' look makes them intimidating. I remember hearing them for the first time and being surprised they didn't have a more 'baritone' quality. lol
The online nestcams have been enormously popular.

Mike Laplante said...

Poor quality photo? I would 'cheat' by post-processing the sky and cropping a little but I think it's a fine photo as is.

Irina said...

I would like I have such posture :-). I wish you futher success in photos of this grand bird.

JoJo said...

What a beautiful and majestic bird!