I photographed this Bald Eagle who was sitting in a pine tree in Yellowstone National Park during my trip to the Park as part of a “Winter in Yellowstone” photography workshop. The Bald Eagle was very far away so I had to use my extender and my long lens to photograph this amazing bird. I saw many Bald Eagles during my trip. I rarely see so many eagles. This was a special moment.
The bald eagle was named the national symbol of the United States by Congress in 1782. Bald eagles may range over great distances but typically return to nest in the vicinity where they fledged. In Greater Yellowstone they feed primarily on fish, but also on waterfowl and carrion. In 1967, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the bald eagle as an endangered species in 43 states, including Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Bald eagles nesting in northwestern Wyoming are part of the Rocky Mountain breeding population that extends into Idaho and Montana.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II using my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens plus my 1.4x extender set on 560 mm. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/160th of a second and the ISO set at 400. I hand-held the camera for this image. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and completed in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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I’m glad you had the opportunity to capture this beautiful bird, Terry! Really stands out against the green. We’re lucky here (near D.C.) to have many nesting pair each year in the area and many others that move through. One pair in particular return to a nearby wildlife refuge. They have to close off some of the road and hiking trails to protect the birds because the nest sits atop a tree right at the corner of a set of roads/trails on the refuge. Thankfully the barriers are placed such that we can still view the tree, nest, and eagles, but far enough back not to bother them. Would love to be closer, but the eagles come first.
Thanks for the comment Todd. We saw several and all of them were far away. It’s great that you are able to enjoy these magnificent birds on a regular basis.