The Bald Eagles are Returning to the Valley

During the summer months I don’t often see Bald Eagles unless I go up into the high country or travel north of Utah to Idaho, Wyoming or Montana but in the Salt Lake Valley many Bald Eagles come in to spend the winter.

Four year old Bald Eagle Portrait

Four year old Bald Eagle Portrait – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 200, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

By the time autumn arrives I find myself anxiously looking forward to seeing my first Eagle of the season and usually the first one I spot is flying high overhead or perched on a craggy rock.

Many of the Bald Eagles that over winter in the Salt Lake Valley have migrated down from the mountains or from much father north of Utah, including Bald Eagles from Alaska.

Adult Bald Eagle in flight Adult Bald Eagle in flight –  Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I have been seeing a spattering of Bald Eagles either in flight or perched in leafless trees lately and before long there will be hundreds more.

I haven’t heard any calling yet but I suspect that I will be hearing that soon. I am looking forward to seeing and photographing the Bald Eagles that call this valley home during the coldest months. Utah ROCKS for bird photography!


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. WOW – These are breathtaking!

  2. These shots are a great inspiration to start my day Mia, thanks very much :)

  3. Such an awesome, gorgeous close-up of the Bald Eagle. Mia, you ROCK!!

  4. Wonderful captures Mia. I am enthralled with the first one, so much detail and personality.

  5. What can I say?! Magnificent subject – magnificant images. Funny, as I was looking at the first image, I’m saying to myself – oh, a beautiful four year old male eagle! Then I scroll down and you list it as a 4-year-old. Nice call! ;-)

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