I managed to have some good luck at the river this morning. Usually the location is great for eagle action, closer shots of birds eating a fish or gazing in to the river.
This day I wandered down the path that parallels the river, and spent some time watching the birds and sunrise.
I probably over-baked this image, but it WAS sunrise...
The above are all at or about 400mm and shot from a tripod.
Here's a handheld photo taken the same day. The fly by was extra special because even though there were a bunch of photographers around to watch the eagles, no one else got this guy coming in. I had left the big group of people and walked down river a bit.
The above is one of my favorites from last Fall at the river.
The eagle perched in a fairly nearby tree, and was a bit nervous. Maybe he was hungry and picked one of the first good trees he spotted to land in.
I did my best to not spook him, and got a handful of photos of him while her perched. But within a minute or two, he took off and landed in a tree that put his perch about 5 times higher.
This past fall (2008) at the river was a good one. I'm looking forward to going again 6 months or so.
-Nikographer / Jon