Professional Wildlife, Landscape and Seascape Photography
First time I’ve seen their eaglet! It’s taken so long!
I wonder if they have two?
Juliette looks so serious!
Frank or Frieda are almost always on their nest tree. The only time I do not see them on their nest is when it’s windy!
I woke up very early this morning (5am) & rode my bike out to the beach in the dark for one reason & one reason only! I wanted to shoot the moon set/sunrise!
Specifically,I wanted to get a shot of the full moon hanging directly above the Lighthouse! Unfortunately the moon’s orbit was too far south! I couldn’t line them both up! It’s a matter of geometry really.
Think of the moon as being point “A” & the Lighthouse as being point “B”. By lining up A & B I get point “C”.(in theory)
Because the moon was too far south,I couldn’t find point “C”!
I was able to get a shot of Frank silhouetted against the moon however!
This shot shows the reverse angle 8 hours later.
I’ve found out the best times to shoot the Moon is 3 days before being full & the morning after it was full.(moon rise/sunset & moon set/sunrise)
It’s all about having the moon near the horizon & having golden sunlight bathing the surrounding terrain!
If all your doing is shooting the moon by it’s self up in the sky,than that’s an Astronomical shot & there are billions of those!
I try to get the moon contrasted against a interesting background. The time window is about 20 minutes! The moon is not too faint & not too bright. It has to be in the “Goldilocks Zone”!
Each year you can almost set your watch on these guys having eggs!
Juliette was sitting low in the nest keeping the eggs warm.
I got up early this morning (5am) to shoot the moon set/sun rise out at the beach.
The plan was to get a shot with the full moon directly above the Lighthouse,but alas the moon’s orbit was too far south to line them both up.
I did however get some shots of both Frank & Frieda in their nest tree on Frank Island!
Once again,Frank felt me looking at him (I was about 5-600 meters away) & he bugged out! You can see Frieda hiding down near the tree.
Looks like Romeo is going to be a proud daddy again!
Juliette didn’t leave the nest & didn’t move about. Which means only one thing this time of year! She’s laid some eggs!! She almost always lays two eggs each year.
Romeo wasn’t around to ward off any intruders. Not sure where he was but Juliette cannot leave the eggs unattended. So she has to stay put!
Romeo arrived half a hour later & chirped up a storm!
A proud daddy indeed!
They always get close this time of year! It’s mating season!
Romeo is the one on the left.
Romeo was minding the nest! I do not think they have any eggs yet,but I strongly suspect they will be coming soon!
They both are displaying some nesting behavior!
I also see that their “old” nest has been rebuilt & up to code by the looks of it!
Looking forward to seeing their eaglet’s this year!
Romeo & Juliette are building a new nest in their old spot!
Their old nest like the “cradle” fell to the ground 2 years ago. It took about a month for it to slip and fall. Romeo & Juliette did not have any eaglets that year as a result. They built a new nest the following year in another tree close by but I could never see them! It was in a bad spot for viewing.
I was happy to see them building a new nest in their old spot!
Both of them were not around when I dropped by for a visit tonight,which I found strange! I can’t remember when that last happened? They might of been out and about gathering material for their nest?
UPDATE: (February 17th,2012) The beginnings of this “to be” nest has fallen to the ground from the wind storms with have gotten over the last month!
If a nest is going to come down,it will be in the winter usually. The strongest wind storms occur during the winter.
I got up early this morning and went out to the beach to try and shoot the moon with the Lighthouse.
While I was waiting on the beach in the dark ,I realized that Frank was on the nest tree and I tried to get a shot of him with the full moon in behind?
He turned his head and that made all the difference!
I do wish that Frank had chosen a better spot to perch however!
I included a shot of Frank in golden light to compare with!
In that shot I am shooting from the reverse angle of the moon shot. I’m looking from the other side.
Notice how the nest has it’s own ecosystem! A sure sign of a older nest!
I think he needs to cut the grass!
I originally thought this was both Frank and Frieda! But when I downloaded and zoomed in to have a better look,the eagle flying turned out to be a immature!
I wasn’t sure who was home either,but it may of been Frieda?
The immature just soared around the nest for awhile and then headed over to Lennard Island. I thought that was kind of strange! I’ve never seen Frank or Frieda do that before…………but than,like I said I didn’t know it wasn’t either of them.
Still the immature had to be one of theirs and why it went over to Lennard is another question as well?