While in Nashville over the holidays, I met up with Frank(Flew) who talked me into coming down to shoot eagles at Guntersville Dam. So I got up at 430am and drove 2 1/2 hrs to shoot with him. Just as I arrived, Frank says "Oh, you just missed him...the eagle just took off from the tree not 5 min ago". Then he proceeded to show me his images on his LCD. He assured me that the routine schedule is for the eagle to reappear every 2 hours or so. Frank's a man of his word. Two hours later, the eagle did a 5 sec fly-by with a fish in his talons but must've seen me and high-tailed it to another county. So we waited another 2 hours and sure enough, the eagle performs another fly-by for all of 5 secs. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the company and comraderie of Frank and his other photog friends but these shots are about the bulk of what I got! No eagle shots, nada, nothing! I think only 1 guy got one so-so shot during the fly-by and that's it. I didn't drive 5+ hrs total for nothing so I shot what was there (how do you guys do this??). I think I'm spoiled by Florida and will never complain again about a slow day at Viera! :wink: Now that I think of it, this could've all been a cruel joke spurred on by HarryB. I think I saw someone running through the woods with a remote control in his hands. That eagle didn't seem to be flying very smoothly, either. Hmmmm.... Anyway, here's my Alabama bird collection! All 3 of them!! Hope you enjoy them as it was a lot of hard work to get! :wink: I think they said this was an Indigo Bunting. (Man, the trees in Alabama sure are branchy) Shot manual-1/800, f7.1, ISO200 Don't know what this one is called but liked the way he was hanging on to the giant green bean (never knew green beans grew on trees! :smile: ) The expression on the bird's face is one of sorrow, probably for me not getting an eagle shot! :redface: Shot manual-1/800, f7.1, ISO200.....ID is appreciated And my favorite (and only!) Cardinal shot. Sorry about the branch (see comment on first pic) Shot manual - 1/250, f7.1 ISO200 All shot with the 300mm/f4 AFS with 1.7tc on a tripod.