Decided after HarryB's terribly distasteful Eagle posting in my honor that I would go on a covert mission to see if the Eagles are really showing up inside Viera rather than perching in the trees off in the distance. Was originally planning on just going to Merritt Island but it was nagging me so badly that I detoured and stopped at Viera. As soon as I turned into the Wetlands, I saw something dark on one of the observation decks with white on the top and bottom. "No, it can't be", I said to myself. So I steathily made my way around so I could get the better light on the bird rather than just being backlit. Only a couple of chances before some dummy scared him off. substantial crop He took off and I followed him around till he finally came back to the same perch. "Another chance!", I thought. A little closer this time. Still cropped but not as badly. and another with less of a crop Then yet another dummy raced in his car which resulted in him taking flight. I tracked him as he flew and watched him land in the "Caracara tree". So, off I go again in the car, driving backwards to get around to where I could effectively shoot. Finally I arrived at the tree and saw not just one, but two eagles perched. Barely cropped... I must've shot about 100 (you know how you get when you're excited you just keep shooting. All are basically the same pose. Oh well, disk space is cheap! :smile: ) Since I seemed to have plenty of time, I was shooting on my tripod taking advantage of a slower shutter speed. Suddenly one took off, which I missed. But then the 2nd one decided to follow suit. Didn't have time to adjust the shutter speed so got somewhat of an interesting effect on the wings. Then I tracked him in "machine gun mode" and got some really sharp ones, albeit with clipped wings, and this one which I was satisfied with. So all in all, I guess it wasn't a bust. Not exactly the results I was hoping for but I have faith in Sunday morning. Just hope the local idiots aren't there walking their dogs again and hooting and hollering.