Bald Eagle Close Up – 4 Year Old

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.



  1. Kathleen Finnerty May 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Amazing, beautiful, intense, outstanding. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mia McPherson May 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      My pleasure Kath, thank you for commenting!

  2. Jim Braswell May 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Awesome, Mia!

  3. Linda Rockwell May 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Wowie what a photo Mia! This is excellent!! 🙂

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Linda, I had great fun photographing this particular Eagle over several days and this is one of my favorite images of it.

  4. Amila May 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

    That’s one fierce looking bird!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      I agree Amila, they are fierce looking. Thank you.

  5. Dan Huber May 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I love the close-up shots too, I like having the face fill the frame to see details of the eyes. Wonderful!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Dan, thanks! This eagle sure filled the frame.

  6. Prairie Birder May 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I love this close-up, Mia! I am always so excited to see your new posts and photos in my google reader everyday.

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      PrairieBirder, thanks much for the great comment on this image, I’m thrilled that you look forward to my new posts too.

  7. zephyr May 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Wonderful!! so powerful.

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks Zephyr. Eagles just ooze powerful.

  8. Stu May 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    great picture Mia..

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Stu, thanks for the comment, it means a lot to me.

  9. Bob Zeller May 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I think it works magnificently in this case, Mia. Wow! Talk about a great close-up. Wonderful!!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you kindly Bob, sometimes things just work out great.

  10. Julie G. May 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Wow! Magnificent photograph and Bald Eagle!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you Julie, I loved how cooperative the Bald eagle was.

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