Steve How close are you to the nest? You could be preventing the parents from feeding if you are to close. Also it looks like the nest tree has leafed out so if the young are still very small they will need protection from the sun as it does not take long for a 2 week old eaglet to get cooked if left uncovered by a parent and the sun is getting through the leafs onto the nest. I know you want a photo but keep those little ones in mind and give them their space. Remember, it's the law, Federal and State so find your self a nice spot if you haven't already for photo opps but make sure it's at least 350 feet away and see if they come and go from there. If they do you are fine. Try placeing 1.4 TE on that Sigma and off a tripod use MF onto the nest for you feedings chances. I bet you get a few.This is on my aunt's land, there are 2 young birds in the nest. I was hopping to get a shot of them getting feed but was out of luck. I sat about 2 hours waiting for the adult to show up.
Steve thats a very good photo for that distance with 500MM. I guess the State lets the boats get away with approaching that close to nesting eagles.I was on the shoulder of a road.. They are on a speck of land that is surrounded by water about 80 yards around. There were people fishing from boats closer then we were.
Gale Next month the Federal Fish and Wildlife (Thats Federal) have to come up with a discription of the word Disturbance and how it will aply to the American Bald Eagle. At the present time the law means forceing an eagle to do something it don't want to. Like make it fly or drive it from a roost by a nest or drive it off a nest. In the case of the eagle the Federal law (and some states) it is inforced all the time while with other raptors it is at nesting you can not disturp. The only State that seems to do just what it wants with eagles is Alaska. Canada seems to have had a lot of poaching for white feathers and talons. I read about it every once in a while.The law in florida as far as i have been told is 500 feet from an eagles nest