Bald Eagle Spotting

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  1. AirVenture

    AirVenture TPF Noob!

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    Well there's not a lot aircraft spotting to do in winter, so I decided to try my hand bald eagles. There are dozens of bald eagles in the area. I usually see them as I cross the mississippi everyday. The park I shot these pictures from was appropriately named eagle point park. I was really stretching the limit of of my 300mm lens. Most are taken at 300mm and cropped down.

    It seems that I get a ghosting effect at this range. It appears as a glow around the edges of contrasty figures. Any idea why this happens?

    Enjoy! ~Brett :)

    This was a lucky grab!
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    You can see the ghosting along the tail of the bird, I edited out some if it around the head and body.
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    Is the bird really that close to the people? Looks like it's 20 feet or so above them. No idea about the ghosting, but I still think the shots look great. Number 2s my favorite.
     
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    looks like you were in the right place at the right time! nice work!
     
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    #1 is great! I would try it in B&W just to see. No idea on the ghosting, great shots though!
     
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    It's not quite as close as it looks. The shot was taken looking down from about 100ft above. The eagle may have been more than 30ft away from those guys. I didn't even notice them until i looked at my pictures.

    Thanks for all the comments. If I have time later this week I want to head down to the rivers edge (where those guys were working) to see if I can get some shots of them flying over the open water. I got a picture of one snagging a fish, but I was so far away it didn't turn out well.

    Thanks again,
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    wow, soooooo lucky!! i think we are on our way to the mississippi tomorrow! Awesome shots. I caught some shots of a Juvenile .. just posted them in the nature gallery.
     

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