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Taken a split second after Final Approach a magnificent Bald Eagle, firmly clutching a recently caught fish in its talons, dramatically reduces speed as it prepares to land on the nest and feed its young. Note how the eagle curves its powerful wings inwards and spreads its tail feathers in an effort to slow down its descent.

Photographed off the east coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada this is one of literally thousands of images I’ve taken at this Bald Eagle’s nest. After many visits and hours of waiting patiently and after numerous failed attempts I eventually captured the kind of shot I had been waiting for of one of the eagles returning to the nest clutching a fish in its talons. I was truly inspired by the occasion and have returned to photograph at the same nest site many times in subsequent years. For further details of my experiences photographing at this nest site please see here

This is one of the images used in my Fly with the Eagles calendar.

Canon 20D
1/800sec f6.3 ISO 200

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“Braking Hard”

“Final Approach”

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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture !!!

  • Thank you very much Baynanno!

    – Martin Smart

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, this is just awesome! Fantastic capture!

  • Thanks so much Barbara!

    – Martin Smart

  • akaurora
    akauroraalmost 5 years ago

    WOW … what an AWESOME capture!! Instant fave!! Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • Thanks very much Rick & Deb, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning capture and a fav!!!

  • Thank you very much Deborah!

    – Martin Smart

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantalmost 5 years ago

    A Fabulous shot !!!!

  • Many thanks Judy!

    – Martin Smart

  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtalmost 5 years ago

    Great sequence – love it!!

  • Glad you like the sequence Barbara, thanks so much!

    – Martin Smart

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous set of captures. Splendid composition.

  • Hi Bunny, thank you so much for the compliments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryseralmost 5 years ago

    I can almost hear a screeching sound as it hits the brakes – great action

  • Thanks very much Jay, the speed at which these guys come down & land on the nest with such accuracy never ceases to amaze me, bearing in mind their six foot wing span!

    – Martin Smart

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareealmost 5 years ago

    Stunning capture… Love the way you have captured the raw power of this magnificant bird.

  • Thank you so much for the compliments Rosemaree, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • niki78
    niki78almost 5 years ago

    great capture love the eagle.

  • Thank you very much Niki!

    – Martin Smart

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