On Shooting Bald Eagles

Putting Shooting and Bald Eagles together like this in a title is pure click bait. On the other hand, that is what I want to ramble on about in this post. That and wildlife photography in general.

Iconic and Popular

Any shot of a Bald Eagle will attract more than a second glance from browsers. They are stunning creatures. The subject is very popular.

About The Shot

I have a number of friends in the photo club who are ardent wildlife photographers. We get together sometimes, like last Sunday, when I joined Tim Clifton, on the beaches of Hood Canal for a morning of bird photography.

The location is at the causeway over Big Beef Creek near Seabeck Washington. A well known and popular place to shoot the national bird.

The May Eulachon run was in progress which attracts Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons in large numbers. These birds, in turn, attract large numbers of photographers with long, expensive lenses and large tripods.

It doesn’t take a lot of luck to capture stunning photos, only patience.


My friends who are ardent wildlife photographers, have the equipment to prove it: big full frame cameras; 600 and 800 mm telephoto lenses; large sturdy tripods with gimbals to support the rig…

I am not quite so into the pastime. I really enjoy time spent shooting locations and subjects like this, but I prefer to get out and walk. Hiking more that 1/2 a mile with Tim’s rig would be the death.

This eagle was shot with a Canon 7d Mark II using a 100-400 f/5.6 with a 1.4 x extender. My tripod is a top of the line MeFOTO carbon fiber unit with a stock ball head.

My point is that my equipment probably weighs in at less than 25% of the cost that Tim has invested in his rig. It also weighs in at probably 30% of the weight (we won’t talk about size.)

Landscape & Nature

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to dump on Tim and my other friends. They come home with shots that people pay good money for. I’m just saying its not for me. I’d rather think of myself as a Landscape and Nature Photographer who will happily capture a passing bird rather than the other way around.

Oh and yes – – – I am a little jealous of them.

But – – – I do get to enjoy Liddy and her antics as we ramble the Northwest.

Liddy likes to get right into it sometimes. I have no Idea what prompted her behaviour, but she does enjoy our rambles.

1 thought on “On Shooting Bald Eagles”

  1. We’re blessed to live in eagle country as well. They fly over our house daily hunting the river behind our property. A glorious sight that I rarely manage to capture.

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