a drive to see JM's Bird

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  1. Raymond J Barlow

    Raymond J Barlow TPF Noob!

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    Looking at pics of so many Bald Eagles at this place in Iowa/Wisconsin was to much to bear. Daisy recieved her USA Visa this week, and we were off to the land of water/ice on the Mississippi with the Great American Bald Eagle.

    Totally spontanious, we just jumped in the truck, and drove there, leaving at 2 AM this past Wednesday AM... A few short snozzes, and in 15+ hours, we were there taking the first shots at 400 PM Central time.

    The next am was cloudy, and i hoped for a break, and the sun was out for a bit. The afternoon was not too busy so we decided to come home. You don't need to look far to find an eagle at this place, but getting good light, and close shots is not easy.

    We will be back here for sure! Thanks to AirVenture, as it was his post that got me going.

    Lots more on the website, please have a look there, and post comment if you wish... there is a comment window for each shot, or album in the galleries.

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    Thanks for looking.
     
  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This is the dedication that I feel I don't have: to set out at 2 a.m. on a 15-hour drive to get to this place ... but you are sooooooooo rewarded with the outcome of your photos. I like all four of these presented here, all four, not one is my favourite, they are so good! The fishing eagle with his prey in his claws ... wow! But like I am saying: they are all WOW!

    And Daisy's got her visa?
    So that means we're gonna meet in DC in April????
    Yuppieh! :D
     
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    They're all good, but the last one is my fave! Worth the effort!

    Rob
     
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    Arch Damn You! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Same here...these are great ray :thumbup:
     
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    dang Raymond, these are perfect man! i honestly don't get how you pull this off. even with the proper equipment, i'd be a duck outta water.

    thanks for sharing these awesome captures with us...you're the best!!!
     
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    Raymond very nice, you shoul be proud.
     
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    Good to see you were rewarded for all that time on the road. Great shots and next time it will be sunny.

    Eric
     
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    I love number 2, it's so cool how you can see the water dripping off the bird.
     
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    Great shots Raymond - may I ask what equipment you are using?

    Shot 3 almost has an ethereal quality to it - have you thought about giving it the high-key treatment, and cropping tighter?

    Leeko

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    JonK I want MORE!!

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    super shots raymond..3 and 4 are rokkin :thumbsup: and you caught it with the fish too!
     
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    this is something what I cannot affors right now... maybe someday when I'll have my own life I'll be able to get up at 2 am and drive somewhere...

    you have wonderful pictures! you know this :D
     
  12. Raymond J Barlow

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    Thanks everyone, It was a brutal drive getting there, because the previous night, I had a very poor sleep, then a busy day, and then on my way at 2 am, after being up since 7 am the morning of Tuesday. Upon arrival, and seeing so many birds around, I was very wide awake!

    When I arrived at the dam on Thursday AM around 8, there where lots of eagles around, and feeding, but the clouds were thick. On this one tree, there were 6 eagles. I was talking to a old-timer there, and he told me one year there were hundreds of eagles around, and 51 in this one tree.

    We will be going back soon.. I am not all that happy with what I came home with, so the eagle fever is defiantly still cooking!

    I use the Nikon D70 and the 80-400 VR lens Lee.. and as for your treatment suggestion, I am not familiar with high key. It is already cropped, and I like how the sky surrounds the bird, and gives it a cool effect.

    here is one of my favs from the trip..

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    Thanks again for all the inspiring words!
     

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