Bald Eagle lift off

Bald Eagle lift offBald Eagle lift off – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 264mm, natural light, not baited

While in southwestern Montana last week I did see several Bald Eagles and this adult was most obliging as it perched on a conifer in the light of the rising sun. A Black-billed Magpie wasn’t too happy about the Bald Eagle being in its neighborhood and the magpie pestered the eagle for several minutes before flying away. The Bald Eagle pretty much ignored the much smaller magpie, it even ignored us with our two large lenses pointed at it.

After a while the Bald Eagle fluffed its feathers, stretched its wings, lifted off and flew into the clear blue sky.

Life is good.


PS, I planned to post about the wrens in the nesting tree in Idaho but time got away from me yesterday, I hope to do that post tomorrow.

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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. Great image Mia. Makes it easy to imagine I’m there among the conifers where nature can restore my soul. Yes, life is good.

  2. Wow. And I loved hearing that your magpies also punch well above their weight in the agression stakes as well. I have seen ours take on wedge-tailed eagles – and badger the eagle until it moves on.

  3. Mia, that is SUCH a gorgeous shot of the Eagle!

  4. so beautiful … just takes the breath away!!!!

  5. Brilliant take off Mia.

  6. Life is good when in the presence of such magnificent birds. Getting shots like this would make any bird photographer happy!

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