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Dec 5, 2018 19:46:26   #
saxman71 (a regular here)
 
I traveled north of Seattle to Samish Island yesterday looking for raptors. While there, I came across five bald eagles feasting on a dead mallard. Two where fully mature eagles and three were juveniles. I had a good time watching them fight over the poor dead duck and these are a few of the best shots I got over the course of about ten minutes. After that they flew off with the duck well out of my range. Later, near the end of the day, I had one opportunity at a Short-Eared Owl. These are my two best from that single fly-by. I waited at least another half hour for it to fly back but it never happened. The sun went down and I went home. These shots were all taken with a Nikon D500 outfitted with a Tamron 150X600mm G2 lens. Thank you for taking a look at these images. I look forward to any comments you may wish to leave.
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Dec 5, 2018 20:12:07   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
Wowzers ! ........thanks for sharing

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Dec 5, 2018 20:19:15   #
Retired CPO (a regular here)
 
Wow! Those are very nice!

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Dec 5, 2018 20:29:15   #
deanfl (a regular here)
 
saxman71 wrote:
I traveled north of Seattle to Samish Island yesterday looking for raptors. While there, I came across five bald eagles feasting on a dead mallard. Two where fully mature eagles and three were juveniles. I had a good time watching them fight over the poor dead duck and these are a few of the best shots I got over the course of about ten minutes. After that they flew off with the duck well out of my range. Later, near the end of the day, I had one opportunity at a Short-Eared Owl. These are my two best from that single fly-by. I waited at least another half hour for it to fly back but it never happened. The sun went down and I went home. These shots were all taken with a Nikon D500 outfitted with a Tamron 150X600mm G2 lens. Thank you for taking a look at these images. I look forward to any comments you may wish to leave.
I traveled north of Seattle to Samish Island yeste... (show quote)


All are terrific...especially like the owls!

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Dec 5, 2018 20:30:13   #
NJFrank (a regular here)
 
Very nice series.

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Dec 5, 2018 20:37:18   #
AJFRED
 
These are all beautiful images. I especially like the first one of the owl. Now I am encouraged to head out to our local bird refuge with my G1 version of that lens.

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Dec 5, 2018 20:51:35   #
Swamp-Cork (a regular here)
 
saxman71 wrote:
I traveled north of Seattle to Samish Island yesterday looking for raptors. While there, I came across five bald eagles feasting on a dead mallard. Two where fully mature eagles and three were juveniles. I had a good time watching them fight over the poor dead duck and these are a few of the best shots I got over the course of about ten minutes. After that they flew off with the duck well out of my range. Later, near the end of the day, I had one opportunity at a Short-Eared Owl. These are my two best from that single fly-by. I waited at least another half hour for it to fly back but it never happened. The sun went down and I went home. These shots were all taken with a Nikon D500 outfitted with a Tamron 150X600mm G2 lens. Thank you for taking a look at these images. I look forward to any comments you may wish to leave.
I traveled north of Seattle to Samish Island yeste... (show quote)


A very beautiful series, saxman71

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Dec 5, 2018 20:58:35   #
GregWCIL (a regular here)
 
Moments where skill met opportunity. Thanks for sharing.

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Dec 5, 2018 21:47:57   #
joe_castino
 
Beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing

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Dec 5, 2018 22:01:08   #
kpmac (a regular here)
 
Outstanding set.

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Dec 5, 2018 23:16:59   #
TBerwick
 
Great! First owl shot truly breath taking.

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Dec 6, 2018 00:28:57   #
saxman71 (a regular here)
 
Thanks for all the comments. In line with a question I posted earlier today about using VR panning (VR position 2) when using this lens, I probably should have mentioned I had VR turned on and the switch on position 2 (panning) for all these shots. I have no clue if it helped or not.

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Dec 6, 2018 00:34:11   #
UTMike (a regular here)
 
What wonderful work!

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Dec 6, 2018 01:57:47   #
Katydid (a regular here)
 
Amazing. Those eagles are so unmannerly! Owls are great, too.

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Dec 6, 2018 06:16:25   #
Jimmy T (a regular here)
 
Number one and number five do it for me. How did you get the owl to pose for you in number five? Number five is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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