The Eagle is landing

Landing adult Bald EagleLanding adult Bald Eagle – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 400, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

It has been quite some time since I posted a Bald Eagle here so today I present this adult in a landing pose that I photographed in February of 2011 at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. They have such a large wingspan that whenever I see their wings fully spread I find myself quite in awe of them, especially their ability to turn quickly when pursuing prey or when being pursued by another Bald Eagle. Perched or in flight these large raptors are always impressive.



  1. eric c11 October 10, 2013 at 12:11 am

    stunning action well catched, great shot mia =)))

  2. Elephant's Child October 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Wow, wow, and wow again. An incredible wing span – which took my breath away looking at it here. I can only imagine just how wonderful it would be to see them, and capture them, as you have. Thank you.

  3. Montanagirl October 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Magnificent bird and photo, Mia! Love the lighting. You captured him beautifully.

  4. Cheryl Valdez October 8, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Great shot, Mia. We were at Farmington Bay last year in February so exciting to see so many Bald Eagles at once. Definitely looking forward to this year.

  5. patty chadwick October 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

    WOW!!! IMPRESSIVE bird, impressive camera work! Detail is so sharp, I can actually count primaries, secondaries and tail feathers…..

  6. Jeannie October 8, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Gorgeous shot. I really love seeing all your exif data. I am a Nikon shooter as well. I don’t have your lens, but shoot bird shots with the original 80-400 Vr

    • Mia McPherson October 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Thank you Jeannie.

      I feel I should mention that almost all of my bird images taken in Florida were shot using the original Nikkor 80-400mm VR lens too. With good light I love that lens, in low light it does focus slow.

  7. Stu October 8, 2013 at 7:29 am

    great photo.. and title 😉 and I get bonus points for being first to post here 😉

    • Mia McPherson October 8, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Thanks Stu! You get 5 bonus points!!

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