Here is my first ever image of a bald eagle. I’m very excited that I was able to find and capture (well, capture an image of) a bald eagle near my home. It’s one of the exciting things about living where I live… I knew that eagles were around, had seen a few far off or flying, but never seen them perched or gotten close enough to recognize them. A few days ago I saw 2 in a tree off the road and found I could get fairly close before they got spooked. The driveway, by the way, led to a deserted shack and current dumping area. It’s a place I had wanted to shoot at recently and was able to get some good images which I’ll be finishing and showing over the next week or so. I didn’t have my camera that morning (shame on me!), but later in the day I made sure to bring it along. Sure enough, there was one eagle sitting in the tree and that is the one seen above.
All that being said, I hope that this is the worst photo of a bald eagle that I ever do. I know it’s small (and this is cropped)… I didn’t really believe that I would see another in the same tree, and I didn’t bother to bring my 400mm lens. Next time, I will be better prepared.
This brings me to my intro to another artist that I respect and admire: Claude Steelman. Claude is a local legend where I live. A neighbor of mine, he is a well-known wild animal photographer and has glorious images of birds, bears, and his favorite, wild horses. Check out www.wildshots.com to see some of his work. He recently opened a shop in Durango to show his images, and I wish him luck with that. It’s right between our local photography shop and the Durango Coffee Company, which is where a lot of the photographers in town hang out and talk shop.
My photography is found at www.kelleybard.com. I also post my daily photos, sometimes with different comments and such to flickr and facebook. See my links to the right to visit all!