March 15th, 2013 – Avian Friday: Bald Eagle

Spring is just around the corner here in the Pacific Northwest and we had some great weather and light last weekend; perfect for my day off from work. I headed up to one of my favorite haunts in Washington’s Skagit Valley in search of raptors for some new bird images. I only had a very brief and distant look at the Short-eared Owls that I had hoped might still be around.There was still good numbers of Snow Geese as well as the usual Red-tail Hawks and Northern Harriers. Many of the Bald Eagles that migrate north following their winter layover along the Skagit River seemed to have already made their way further north towards Canadian soil. There were still a few around Fir Island and you can usually spot them along the Dike Road perched in the trees above. Though not really the ideal angle and with lots of obstructing branches, it hard to pass up shots of such a majestic bird. This is a mondo crop of the full frame image and I also took the liberty to remove a couple of branches using the Content-aware Fill in Photoshop.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

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Fir Island, Washington 
700mm | 1/1500th Sec. @f/9 | ISO 200

Canon 5D Mark III+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Adapter

Processed with Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6, Nik Define & ColorEfx.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

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