Golden Eagle in flightGolden Eagle in flight – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/400, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm with 1.4x TC at 285mm, natural light, not baited

Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) have thus far been a nemesis bird for me and when I spotted one yesterday I thought I might finally get the shots I have long wanted.  When the huge raptor flew closer I thought there was a strong possibility.

If the eagle had flown the other way the light would have been better on the face and the underside of the bird would have been brighter too.

I love the pose, the spread wings, the eye contact and the simple, unobtrusive background.

It is still just “Almost”.

I’ll keep trying though.