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Perched high on a mossy rock cliff stands a mature Bald Eagle. If you look close, you can see it has debris on its beak and what you can’t see is just behind the moss between its talons is a small fish that it was feeding on.
It was a late and chilly afternoon( between 0 and 1 degrees celcius )on our way back from Ucluelet ( West Coast Vancouver Island, BC) when my friend Rose spotted the eagle. Thankfully there was a spot to pull over so we could enjoy watching and taking pics of this magnificent looking bird. We weren’t sure how long it would stick around with us being around, so we opted to use the car roof for support as well as the lens IS to take some pics. It was almost 4:00pm and getting dark, so not the best lighting what so ever for taking pics, but we did our best. The Eagle stayed for close to half an hour and after consuming every last bit, including the tail of the fish, it flew off into the cold late afternoon sky.
We originally drove to Ucluelet to hopefully view some Bears feeding on salmon along a river, but unfortunately we were too late. Next year we will make sure to visit much earlier in the season.
Taken on Sat Nov 10/12 at 3:58pm on West side of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 L IS USM lens.
Taken at 1/160’s at f/5.6 +2/3 ev, 390mm, man white bal, iso 1000.
No cropping, edited in Lightroom 4 and noise cleaned in Neat Image and sharpened in Photoshop CS2 via lab mode lightness channel, unsharp mask ( amount 50, radius 1.7 threshold 3).