Sunday Fun Day – A Walk & A Bald Eagle
I love taking photos.
And every now and again, I get it in my head that I need a specific photo. Usually I get it in my head that I need some sort of animal photo which can only found in nature. But of course, creating a specific photo that relies on wildlife in nature is not always an easy accomplishment.
This time, I decided I needed a photo of a Bald Eagle and I wasn’t going to stop until I got one.
Usually Bald Eagles appear in my part of the world in the fall months, so I knew I had a chance but also realized winter is just around the corner so my time was limited.
So, in the last few weeks we started taking our dog for walks along the river with my camera in hopes of capturing the image I really wanted. We went for countless walks and not once did I see one, and in fact, I never saw any photo worthy birds. I was worried I had missed my chance and was becoming annoyed as it felt like we were simply going for a walk carrying around my giant camera.
But then one day, we found him! With the help of binoculars we could see his white head and confirmed that this was my chance.
But, he wasn’t going to make it easy. He was located in a treetop in the most inaccessible spot imaginable. My choices were limited, and required a massive walk and even a possible swim. Clearly, I’m not willing to go for a swim across a river in October with or without my camera. I am just not that dedicated.
So, we walked. In fact, we walked rather quickly, I didn’t want to miss the chance.
We kept walking as we just couldn’t get close enough to get a decent photo. But, we kept trying and looking for a better vantage point. At one point I swear we were walking in circles trying to find a way through trees to get closer. Eventually we made our way through the trees to a rocky beach like area. We had to be careful to not scare him away as we got closer, with our 90lbs dog in tow who just wanted to drink and splash in the river there were no guarantees he wouldn’t fly away at first sight of us.
Eventually and without going for a swim, I snapped a photo and then he flew away (likely thanks to our dog splashing in the river). The photo is a bit darker and a bit further away then I’d like, but in the end I went home with a smile.
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