The light wasn’t the best yesterday early on Antelope Island State Park because of clouds but I am glad I was out there yesterday because it was a treat to see the island covered in snow on Christmas Eve morning. I didn’t take many bird images but some times it is about being there and not so much about the photos.
I did spot a Bald Eagle landing on one of the poles at the docks of the marina so I set my exposure and locked onto the eagle while it was on the pole and then I could see that there was prey beneath it. I was quite a distance away from the bird and facing north towards the snow covered Promontory Mountains and Fremont Island. The mountains looked blue because they were shaded but the dark clouds that hung over them.
When the Bald Eagle lifted off I could see the prey in its talons but it wasn’t until I viewed the image on my screen at home that I could tell that the prey was most likely an Eared Grebe because of the lobed feet and the shape of its head.
I like this image even though the Bald Eagle is small in the frame for several reasons, I like that I caught the prey dangling in the eagle’s talons, that I can see part of the island in the lower part of the frame then behind that the Great Salt Lake and the distant snow covered mountains.
I also wanted to take some snowy scenery images for my family back east because they don’t have snow on the ground for Christmas day due to the record high temperatures they have been experiencing while I have been blessed with snow on the ground and it is still falling this morning as I write this post. I wanted to share some of my snow with them today.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.
Life is good.