I have mentioned before that whenever I try to photograph Golden Eagles that something always goes wrong.
- The lighting is horrible (back lit, very low light)
- The eagle is too far away
- The eagle takes flight before I can get focused on it
- I see the eagle but can’t stop because of traffic
- The eagle is on a horrible man made perch and doesn’t fly even after waiting and waiting and waiting
- The eagle isn’t spotted soon enough
Two days ago this Golden Eagle was perched on a rocky outcrop but because of a blind spot I didn’t see it quite soon enough but at least I was able to get a few decent images of it perched. This image was the best of them, I had eye contact, decent light and a lovely natural setting.
Shortly after the first image was taken the Golden Eagle got ready to take off and I thought I was going to finally get some decent flight shots of my nemesis. The background looked great and although the eagle had turned its head slightly away from me I still had high hopes…
But the Golden Eagle turned its head even further away from me as it lifted off and headed towards the west and even though I could see the bird’s eye on all of the flight shots the eye contact I had was terrible. We had stopped too close because the bird was not seen in time to stop sooner so most of my flight shots had the wing tips clipped and those that weren’t clipped the wings blocked the eagle’s eyes as shown in the photo above.
Someday… I guess I need to keep trying for the photos of them I keep dreaming of.
Well, at least I got a perched Golden Eagle photo that I like and I am grateful for that.
Life is good.