It isn’t often that I don’t even have to leave my yard to photograph an eagle.
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 500, Canon 7D, Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM @ 100mm, not baited, set up or called in
Yesterday morning this adult Bald Eagle spent some time in an elm tree in my yard on the east side of my house. I live in the suburbs of Salt Lake City so a Bald Eagle in my neighborhood gets my attention. I believe it was attracted to my area because there’s a fishing pond within about a quarter-mile of my home and the Jordan River is nearby. I live at the top of a hill and this tree is a huge one, the largest and tallest in the area, so it provides a relatively safe haven for the eagle far above the ground. Here we see less than half of the tree and my house is just out of frame at bottom.
I zoomed back for this shot to provide some perspective.
1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 500, Canon 7D, Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM @ 400mm, not baited, set up or called in
I couldn’t get any decent images of the bird because it was buried in branches, the angle was steep and my 500mm lens is in the shop but I thought its presence was worthy of reporting here. An adult Bald Eagle has made a brief appearance in my tree several times in recent years – always in January. I wish I knew for sure if it’s the same eagle or not but of course I don’t – if it is, this bird is a little late.
I reported the first eagle appearance in the tree on January 28, 2011 and another one on January 9, 2014 (this one had some ominous undertones). We watched for another eagle appearance all last month but when February arrived and we hadn’t seen one we had all but given up so it was a wonderful surprise to find this bird yesterday morning.
I figured that today would be a good day to report this sighting which features only mediocre images because many folks are going to be thinking about football instead of birds and image quality anyway. If you’ll be watching the Super Bowl I hope you enjoy the festivities and that your team wins. As for me, I haven’t watched a Super Bowl in almost 20 years – there’s just too much hoopla and too little sport for my tastes.
I’ll spend much of the day culling images and daydreaming about the return of my 500mm lens.