Bald Eagles are everywhere lately. I saw them in Conowingo, then Seattle, and now in Dunkirk, NY. I even saw a young one along the Niagara River eating dinner on river ice and an adult flying over a local bridge. They are popping up everywhere.
In Dunkirk, NY they were in trees by Lake Erie, on the break wall, and sitting on the ice. My friend Andrea and I went to Dunkirk Harbor, a bit over an hour away from where I live. Andrea is also a photographer.
Coming up on my two blogs, more birds from our trip to Dunkirk Harbor. See below, the swimming, all-you-can-eat buffet for the eagle on watch.
No swimmer became dinner today, but eagles are scavengers and many dead ducks surfaced from beneath the ice. I did see some beautiful ducks, geese and swans swimming by.
Most of the eagles in Dunkirk were quite far away, but two flew overhead close enough for my lens. In Conowingo there where over 100 eagles and I got many nice images.
There seems to be an influx of raptors since Red-tailed Hawks were also numerous this past year. I did a post questioning why I have seen so many. Andrea and I saw Red-tailed Hawks too.
Why are they called Bald Eagles?
It is the white on their heads making them piebald. I guess Piebald Eagle does not have that catchy ring for a living symbol of power. It has been our freedom symbol since 1782. The juvenile eagle below doesn’t have the white head yet like the adult flying with it.
I wanted to mention that while in Seattle…
My friend Alesia with whom I traveled to Maui, was further learning to use her Nikon D80. Now she is photographing birds, even those flying. The tips I provided her are also ones you will find right here on GWGT. In the span of 12 days, Alesia went from unfocused stationary birds, to fully focused birds in flight. She even got perching eagle pictures in Seattle when we returned.
Alesia now is a birdwatcher. To read on her photographic journey, see her post Concerns Simply Drop Away. You will also see a photo of the both of us in front of Pike Place, Seattle, taken with my Nikon P510.
To read my most recent post on improving your bird photography, see Stuff Photography Beginners Need to Know When Shooting Birds. You might find something to know to help you on your picture-taking journey.