My first encounter, and best of a lifetime

Erik Anderson

Joined November 2009

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Canon 7D (for the crop)
Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS
Canon 1.4 Extender

@ ISO 1000, f/5.6, spot-metering, 1/320 of a second at 420mm or technically 672mm with the 1.6X crop pn my 7D.

By Pecatonica Forest Preserve


This was my first encounted with an Adult Bald Eagle in my life time. I am a sports photographer at heart, but i’ve been crazy for birds for a few months now as a second hobby.
So I went out with my teacher at my college and his friend who know EVERYTHING about birds, seriously and I told them I have never seen a Bald Eagle and they said, “oh don’t worry about that” so a few hours into the trip we drove along the Pecatonica River and bam! here he was.

The reason why the picture is soo bad :[:[ is because of these reasons which are acceptable, since I am a professional, in the sports area. But the reasons are:
1.) It was sprinkling/raining
2.) Extremely Cloudy= VERY HIGH ISO= 1,000 :[
3.) We wer eon a bridge about 300ft away on the road with people behind us.
4.) I had to push the guy in front of me forward and I had to lean extremely awkwardly over the backseat and out the window.
5.) The wind gusted everywhere
6.) Handheld while killing my ribs leaning as far as I can over a seat.
7.) Since I was so far away I had to crop

These seem like not an excuse and I always get fantastic shots, but since this was my first encounter with a Bald Eagle I must put the picture up. I am in love and amazed at there beauty for ever.

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