Some Recent Bald Eagle Shots...

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The first time I saw a bald eagle was on New Years Day 2011. I'll never forget it. My brother and I went out to New Durham NH, where we heard they were seen, and we walked straight into them.

Well, not literally- but we walked a ways into the woods, and there she was. 

And I was hooked. 

Ever since, I find where they are, and I visit. And wait. And sometimes I get lucky.

If I have an hour or two to spare- that's what I do.  

And here's a few of the fruits of that labor from the last couple weeks...

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The moment when they fly is my favorite moment. From sitting still, the first few thrusts of the giant wings is really cool to see. The wings are giant- bigger than  you think they are. In reality, the wingspan of this eagle is close to 6 feet. That's taller than I am. Crazy to see...

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With the help of a pretty powerful lens here, I caught a male bald eagle chilling in a tree, through a perfect naturally formed window through the tree...

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The leap - taken from over 200 yards away.....

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I believe the law says to stay 300 feet away from bald eagles- and I certainly don't want to violate that. But what do you do when you're standing there- and they fly in and land closer to you than that? You simply take advantage of the gift they're giving you - and you capture it on camera.

This eagle sat on a branch for about 5 minutes, and I watched without moving. Then - just as it lept to fly- I was ready. 

And I got to go home happy...

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