Awesome! Birds of prey are such amazing creatures, how wonderful to see so many so close and to get great photographs. My wife and I just sat here with our morning coffee and looked through them all. From her office window on the 13th floor, she looks over an old city square with a typical New England white steeple church. On top of the steeple is a rooster weather vane which serves as a vantage point for a peregrine falcon that nests nearby on a skyscraper window ledge. There are blackbirds and pigeons for the taking and the top of the steeple provides a good place to commence attack.
These are great, Tom. I took some shots of an eagle pair doing courtship aerobatics in fall 2011. I was at a football game taking photos of my daughter, who's on the cheerleading squad, when I saw the eagles. I started shooting with my long lens pointing straight up. Some other parents asked what I was doing. I told them the eagles up there were sizing up each other as potential mates. "Oooooh, look!" "Hey look up there!" Pretty soon even the kids were looking. They were way up there but a couple shots were good enough to end up in the paper. I will post some of those shots after supper.
Here are those eagle shots. Would have been nice if they were flying closer to the ground, but the way they were darting about I'm sure they wanted to stay high above anything they might hit. These were taken with a 250mm lens.
I'm a big fan of the prey birds also. I've actually seen an eagle 2 times while out in my boat way down here on Lake Livingston just north of Houston. Both times they were swooping down on the water for fish. I have about 4 bird feeders in my backyard here near downtown Houston and the hawks hang around my house for an easy kill. One day I heard a commotion while in the garage, walked out the door and this huge hawk about the size of an eagle was sitting on the ground with his fresh kill, I startled him and he left me with the dead pigeon. Another day when I got home from work I got out of my truck and feathers were coming down out of the tree next to me, I looked up and a hawk was pulling the feathers off of a dove he had just grabbed. I've now seen that numerous times. Almost daily in the late afternoon the doves will get ready to roost in my trees and something startles them, I look up and a hawk is doing a fly-by.
Nice shot's bones. I have a couple of eagle stories from when I worked at a floating logging camp in Alaska. I saw two eagles doing their mating game one day. they rose to a high altitude, coupled and did a free fall until they near the ground before breaking away. Another time after work I was relaxing and enjoying the scenery in the cove we were tied up in. An eagle hit the water before me and started swimming to a small rock island. He drug up a large salmon, chewed it in half and flew off with half, returned and got the other half. Spectacular birds to watch. They are better fishermen than in- flight bird killers, tho they will fly into a large group of ducks and try to knock one down. Scavengers for the most part, they enjoy the ones the duck hunters wound an get away.
I had a close encounter with a bald eagle in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I was riding on a ridge along a lakeshore as it was getting dark. Something flashed by on my left and just ahead I saw the eagle alight in a pine tree that was growing up the ridge. I rolled off and stopped by the tree. The bird was right there only a couple feet higher than my head. We watched one another for several minutes, then it took off.