4 year old Bald Eagle close up4 year old Bald Eagle close up – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 200, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

A few years ago I had some wonderful photo ops with this 4-year-old Bald Eagle at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, it often perched on an old wooden pole by the boat launch (before they stuck a bat house on the pole it was a favorite for raptors, I hope the bat house rots and falls off soon). The Bald Eagle had left its perch to go fishing in the water and an American Kestrel took over the pole.

Well the Eagle didn’t like that it seemed because when it saw the Kestrel it came flying back to the pole rather quickly and took back its perch.

I didn’t have time to zoom back since the Eagle flew in so fast which is how I got this close up. Normally I wouldn’t like having the wings clipped in a frame but I think it works with this image.