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Carl Olsen

Gibsons, Canada

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I first saw this bald eagle flying about thirty feet up seeking a place to land. I assumed it was likely a female without a male to protect it, and when I noted its features after it had landed on a sea rock, I more-or-less confirmed my conjecture, although I’m not expert enough to claim certainty. Anyway, predictably, it took off when it saw me and landed in this alder tree at the top of the beach – hardly a prime location, but good enough to feel secure from an intruder pointing something (a camera) at it.

I always feel good when I get a decent eagle close-up, as they’re very nervous birds despite their fierce visage. But the truth is there is so little undisturbed prime upper shoreline locally – typically mature grand and Douglas-fir trees – that it’s fiercely fought over. So a female without a mate to protect her feels very vulnerable, and knows it will likely be attacked if it flies much higher.

Taken West of Secret Beach near Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L @ 400mm with 1.4X Tamron tele-extender.

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