I followed this guy about a quarter of a mile, from the ferry terminal to the fishing pier, until he rested on the breakwater. There were people around who noticed the eagle and remarked, "Lookit that bald eagle!" I thought, "Bald eagles never fail to conjure awe, no matter how many times you see them." Upon reaching the end of the pier, I sat my camera on the corner railing, got on my knees, and held the camera still. It would have been convenient to have had a tripod handy, as who knows how long it would take to be in this uncomfortable position.
As practice, I took many shots of him standing still. He’d look left, then right, then straight at me. Aside from the beeping of the auto-focus, only an occasional seagull could be heard. I didn't want to look around, for fear that the eagle would suddenly take flight. My left eye was pressed against the viewfinder, my right index finger lightly pressing the shutter button like a trigger-happy gunslinger.
As the hum of a Washington State Ferry came closer behind me, I hoped that it would spook the bird to fly. It didn't. The engine noise soon disappeared into the horizon.
My knees were starting to ache, but more importantly I was worried that my butt crack was showing.
After an hour, the bird crouched. I knew it was time. He started flapping his wings. I pressed the shutter button. Rapid shots. I whispered, "Yessssss!"
When the eagle had left, I didn't know which felt better: Capturing the bird in flight, or getting to stretch my legs. The hour of waiting and anticipating was actually only 15 minutes. But that wouldn't have sounded as dramatic.
Camera: Sony A7iii
Lens: Sony FE3.5-6.3/24-240
1/800 shutter speed
Great capture, your patience paid off!
Great shot! and thoroughly enjoyed the story that goes with it!
Enjoy a beautiful and refreshing walk at Four Springs Preserve on Camano Island. On Saturday, April 6th, 2019, meet at 9:50 am in the parking lot to gather as a group. Enjoy this beautiful preserve with a walk on the perimeter trail including the wetland trail. The perimeter trail includes two 50’ fairly steep hills with benches at the top. The distance of the walk is approximately 2 miles. All ages are welcome to join! Please leave your four-legged friends at home! Dress for the weather!
Address: 585 Lewis Ln, Camano Island, WA 98282
Wow! This Golden Eagle was a rare and beautiful site for this sunny morning on Camano Island.
On Saturday and Sunday, February 23rd and 24th Martha Jordan will present White Birds of Winter at 10:45 am at the Stanwood Floyd Norgaard Cultral Center. This is a FREE, fun, and educational event for the entire family. Enjoy informational booths, presentations and more! You'll be able to ask questions to any of the questions that you might have so don't miss out!
Address: 27130 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood, WA 98292
Phone: 360- 629-6110
Register your child today for a survival skills camp! Your child will learn basic outdoor skills while enhancing their self-confidence and having FUN! Campers will have fun learning about how energy transfers from one plant or animal to another, what to do when caught in disastrous weather, what to do when faced with a wild animal, bird identification and MUCH MORE! The majority of camp is held OUTSIDE, so dress your child accordingly. Pack a lunch, snacks, and water bottles. This camp is designed for kids ages 6-12. Cost is $42 per child.
When: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Address: 4734 Samish Point Rd, Bow, WA 98232
Come see why the shores and waters of Puget Sound surrounding our community are internationally recognized as crucial habitat for countless birds of sea, shore and land.
Tours and guides will help you experience one of Western Washington’s most spectacular natural events – the annual winter gathering of thousands of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans. In addition we have flocks of wintering seabirds and shorebirds along with many raptors that call Stanwood and Camano home.
Festival headquarters is the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood, WA. Space is limited for bus tours – registration will be open soon.
Fly on in to the second annual La Conner Birding Showcase on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm! Educational vendors and artists will be on display from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. Dr. Kaeli Swift will be the key note speaker at this event - you won't want to miss what she has to say! (Dr. Swift is one of the leading researchers in the nation on crows, ravens, jays and magpies!)
Suggested $5 donation to participate!