A Bald Eagle in flight with prey in its talons

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Bald Eagle in flight with preyBald Eagle in flight with prey – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/6400, ISO 1600, +0.3, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

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.

Snow covered Antelope Island on Christmas EveSnow covered Antelope Island on Christmas Eve – Nikon D300, f11, 1/200, ISO 320, +1.7 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18 mm, natural light

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.



  1. Mia McPherson December 26, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Thank you all for you kind comments and I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Elephant's Child December 25, 2015 at 11:55 am

    A very happy Christmas and holidays to you.
    Thank you so much for the beauty and wonder you share.

  3. Patty Chadwick December 25, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Merry Christmas! I was so happy to hear about last night’s call from Orlando…now I know it will be a Merry Christmas! Thanks for all the beauty,and information, you’ve share with us this year…Happy shooting in the year ahead!

  4. Len December 25, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Good morning to you also. Just so you know, I start every morning with your picture of the day. You make every day beautiful!!!
    Many thanks and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.

  5. John sherrill December 25, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I start my morning with your photos every morning. Keep it up! Merry Christmas. John

  6. Howard December 25, 2015 at 9:46 am

    The snow is beautiful and so is your eagle. Thanks for sharing with us, Mia. Merry Christmas.

  7. Cindy December 25, 2015 at 9:02 am

    As I read your posting a hawk just flew over, in the snow that’s falling. May you and yours have a wonderful, peace-filled holiday season and the merriest of Christmases. Our gift is you, Mia.

  8. Bob Mcpherson December 25, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Beautiful Images Mia. Glad you are enjoying a White Christmas.

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