The light combined with the background saves this shot from being just another eagle shot.
Many times a shot works because of the entire scene .
The tail feathers of a eagle are used not only as a means of steering,but also as a means of Skimming across the water! Many times they sit back on their Tail feathers as they skim along the surface of the water.
Basically they stop them from going in.
I tried for years to get a shot like this! I wanted to get a good profile that was well lite. In the suns warm light ,it just made it that much better!
At this point ,he is moving very fast and I’m doing all I can to hang on. Your Panning abilitys are certainly tested with these guys!
Many times eagles will swoop down on their prey and if they miss (and they do that alot) they will like a pendulum come up to the top of their arc and then turn. Thats what this guy is doing. He’s at the top of his arc and is about to turn to go back and hit his prey a second time. It’s also the best time to get a good shot of them. They are not moving that fast!
This is Romeo and Juliette on their nest at Deadman Island. A passing eagle caused Juliette to take flight to push him off. Eagles ,like all birds are in a constant fight to keep their territory. The golden light also makes this shot that much better!
These happy little guys were very content when I drifted by . Many times when I find a subject,I will go up tide and shut the motor off and drift by. The trick is to guess” WHERE “upstream do you place yourself so that after 5 minutes of drifting,your in the spot you want to be?
I like this simple shot just on the basis of the way the light hits him. It shows great texture on all of the feathers.