…morning light is magic…

Bald Eagle from Anahuac NWR

Found this bald eagle at Anahuac NWR in Texas on 12/5/20. Was driving around a corner and spotted a very large bird sitting on a fence post. Initial thought that is was a turkey vulture as they are in abundance out there. Second thought was that it was too big for a vulture and then saw the white head. Bingo – bald eagle. Turned my car to the right to get an angle on him where I could take a photo out of my car window. The sun was right behind him getting higher in the sky resulting in a challenging exposure. Kept checking my histogram and was blowing out the sky at times which is not a major concern as the bird was my subject. Just wanted to make sure that I wasn’t blowing out the whites on his head.

Took several shots and was moving my car to get a better position what I heard another vehicle approaching on the dirt road. Pulled off of the road and then a pick-up truck came flying by. He had no clue that there was an eagle there and almost hit him when he spooked from his perch.

Ended up finding him a couple more times before I left but this was my best photo. Always very cool to see an eagle out at Anahuac. First time that I had one posing for me.

Found that he as a bad eye when reviewing my photos on the computer. His left eye is gray in color.

1/3200 @ F9, ISO 2500, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm, handheld out my car window

6 responses

  1. Joe Benzenhoefer

    It doesn’t get any better than that Tim.

    December 6, 2020 at 8:40 am

  2. leasafley

    Awesome pic! My wife and I were on the Oregon coast a few weeks ago and we had a Bald Eagle do frequent morning flyovers. One afternoon, we had just pulled into an ocean overlook by the condo we were staying at and he circled overhead about 50ft above us, wings catching the offshore winds, allowing me a few nice shots.

    December 6, 2020 at 10:10 am

  3. Thanks Joe. It was a very nice surprise yesterday.

    December 6, 2020 at 8:02 pm

  4. Thanks Lea. Oregon coast would be a great location for photography. Another spot on my bucket list.

    December 6, 2020 at 8:03 pm

  5. Sheldon

    You couldnt ask for a better pose than that!! I cant remember the last time I was at Anahuac……it was probably with you. Wishing You and your family a wonderful and safe Holiday.

    December 19, 2020 at 12:48 pm

  6. Thank you very much Sheldon! Time for you to get back out there. Anahuac shines this time of year with the raptors. Hope that you and your family have a great and safe holiday. I’ve been burning lots of vacation lately and still have more photos to take.

    December 19, 2020 at 3:45 pm

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