Man vs Eagle

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Commodorefirst, Oct 9, 2005.

  1. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Missouri
    Well, I was asked to come shoot an eagle release by a friend of mine, the release group was wanting a record of the event. they had nursed a mature female back to health after suffering from poison last winter. The eagle also had a talon/toe removed that was injured. Bird was doing fine and flying well in the groups flight cage so she was ready for release. And she was really ready for release!

    In the large dog crate they used to transport her to the river site she shook and rattled the cage like a dinosaur in "Jurassic Park" Something big was in there....

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    At first she was calm:

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    But she seemed to not like men, maybe something in her past perhaps?

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    After things were settled down a bit in just a few seconds and she told the guy who was boss she was fine, but the release fella was a bit "battered" and bloody from her wing. OUCH!

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    Soon she was on her way:

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    The entire sequence can be seen here:

    http://homepage.mac.com/wadedowdy/PhotoEvent/PhotoAlbum51.html

    and remember that the entire release time was only a very short time from the cage to the actual release so as not to stress the bird.

    first three shots were taken with the 24-120VR on the D70 and the rest were taken with the 200VR on my 2nd D70 body.

    thanks for looking, any questions let me know,

    Wade
     
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  2. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
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  3. dbirdsong

    dbirdsong Guest

    Wow!! Those are some great shots...
     
  4. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Great series Wade, and a great effort by that group to save and rehabilitate a magnificent bird. :wink:
     
  5. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Wade,
    Great capture of a great release. So glad to see her free.
    Thank you for sharing your great shots with us.. Much appreciated.

    This is what it is all about :>)))
     
  6. Wade, it's a great series with a great story. Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Feisty guy which means it will probably do well back in the wild. Excellent series.
     
  8. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Missouri
    Paul, Dave, Frank, Gale, Phil, Gordon,

    Thanks for the look. It was very nice to get out and use my camera. I hadn't done that in nearly two weeks due to work, etc. etc.

    What a way to jump in taking photos on this day. Was a glorious day, just perfect weather, and I got to take some closeup eagle shots with my new 200mm VR lens. The new lens had been used, but this was it's first Bird!

    Thanks again,

    Wade
     
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