I took those photos from our Small eagle bay hide, using my good old 7D and EF 300 mm f2.8 lens, because I wanted to attract photographers to visit this amazing place.
It took me 5 months to make eagles pose in front of our lenses. In January 2016 I got my first visitors from Bulgaria, Lithuania and Norway. Looking forward for next season with those gorgeous birds of prey. Enjoy!
P.S. If you want to get to know them better, don’t hesitate to contact me.
More info: alcedowildlife.com
The long legs and talons are giving good grip when the fish is deep under the water surface
Brave heart at the post
After the 5th year the eagle is getting their full breeding plumage and are ready to have a partner for life
Adult plamage includes blond head, bright yellow bill and white tail feathers
When the ponds get frozen and food is scarce you need to fight for your meal
At sunset eagles need to move to a safer place high above the ground
Adult bird preparing for landing
Some times there is no enough room to land on the branches
I took this photo on the 2016 New Year Eve…
The total wingspan of those giants can reach 2,4 m!!!
Super-tele optics are great for capturing birds in flight and some times they like to cheat our brains
Long wings and tail feathers are used to pin point the landing and help the birds stand on a favorite perch
Eagles have very good eyesight, so I need to be very careful to not scare them away
Suspicious youngster is staring at me
I observed up to 15 eagles in front of the hide in the winter
Even rain and wind are not a problem for the kings of the skies
Young birds are fighting for food and perch, those training will help the protect their breeding territory and partner from intruders
There is one rule to get your part of the meal…you need to fight for it
Good perch is helpful to see your prey…so you need to keep away the rest of the que
If you are not strong enough winter is a challenge you need to deal with
Sometimes you get to know why adults need to respected
Wind, rain, mud and other eagles are just part of the real life
Hooded crows are very smart and you need to be very careful with those creatures
Some times is much wiser to defeat even from younger eagles
Walking with confidence and getting respect from other contenders is key of surviving the harsh winters
When hunger strikes even dead fish is a meal
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