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Dec 5, 2018 19:46:26   #
saxman71
 
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
 
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 (a regular here)
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Amazing. Those eagles are so unmannerly! Owls are great, too.

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Dec 6, 2018 06:16:25   #
Jimmy T
 
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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