January 9, 2012

The Early Bird...

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...gets the bald eagle!  Armed with my Christmas binoculars, long lens, tripod, and a mug of hot coffee I set out before sunrise yesterday morning in search of my elusive eagle.  I drove by Ed Smith Stadium, spring home of the Baltimore Orioles, and didn't see him.  In the few minutes it took me to park and look up again, he had materialized high up on the third base lights just as the sun was rising. (Oh, he's tricky!)

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After basking in the warm sun for a bit, he took off heading south, most likely in search of breakfast.  Since I had my camera locked down on the tripod with a 2-second time delay, I was happy to get this one shot.  He's big, but he's fast!  I waited around for about 30 minutes, expecting him to return clutching a large fish in his talons, but alas, that will have to happen some other day.  By the way, there are no signs he has built a nest at the stadium (which he, or another eagle, did last year causing some issues).

8 comments:

cieldequimper said...

I remember those issues last year. I wonder if it's the same one...

Happy New Year!!!

We are: clamco said...

That is soooo awesome! Thank you for venturing out so early to give us these great shots! I've only seen a bald eagle at the zoo, never in the wild. The ones that I hear about around here are all brown.

Jim Klenke said...

I would love to see an eagle. He looks huge.

Lois said...

Those are super shots! I love that early morning light. What a beautiful bird.

Lowell said...

Well done! Kudos to you. It would seem you are a real photographer who gets up early, sleeps during the day, and heads out in the evening. And you also have an eagle eye!

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

Excellent! We have a couple in our area and they are so beautiful.

Jack said...

Good for you, SRQ. Nice pix, especially the top one. (Thanks for you answer about the sandhill cranes.)

Ali - Scituate Daily Photo said...

YES!!! Great capture, well done!! :)