Eagle Hard Flight By Beth Sargent

When I go out photographing birds, one of the things that fascinates me the most is observing their behavior. Especially Bald Eagles.
It is not only about getting the shot, though……getting a great shot is the ultimate achievement.

I have been going out to photograph this pair of Bald Eagles for many years. It never ceases to amaze me the behaviors that I witness.
For this shot, I waited 6.5 hours. I watched this Eagle in the tree way across the lake for what seemed like forever.
I knew it would feed again but didn’t know when. I only had a short time before the sun would drop low and I would lose the light.
I thought I would be going home without getting the thrill of a close flyby.

Then it took off and flew further away hovering really close to the water. I could see water fowl dive under the water as it flew near.
It flew out of sight around a far off cove

Some time later here it came…. flying fast over the ridge and off to the side with a pretty nice size fish.
But instead of flying on back to the nest area, it stopped 3 times to rest before it was out of sight.
It had to work hard to carry that big fish back to the nest.

That was really something to see and experience. It really makes me realize how hard they work to survive.
It was a thrill to witness and I am ready to do it all again.

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