Friday, October 09, 2020

More than being in the Right Place at the Right Time

 Wednesday morning I finished my walk along the Potomac, put the top down on the car, and started north toward old town Alexandria.  I looked over on the edge of the Belle Haven Country Club, and saw this magnificent Bald Eagle in a tree.  At the next safe opportunity I made a U-turn, found my way safely off the side of the road in a no-parking zone, grabbed the camera that I keep in the cup holder between the seats and walked across the wet grass taking one shot after another.  Mr. or Ms. Eagle looked north, looked south, then shook and jumped into the air.  I had to remind myself as the bird flew through the trees to just keep shooting.  In the end over 30 shots in probably 10 seconds.  A quick encounter, maybe some of the best images of the year.  I was in the right place at the right time, but more than that I was ready with the camera with the long lens on it, easy to grab, I stopped, and I somehow reminded myself to keep pressing the shutter.  Life is like that, when opportunity presents itself, you need to be ready, you need to take action, and you need to remember to keep pressing the button.  











I really like this one, I had to look twice to see the eagle.


19 comments:

  1. majestic bird; glad you were there!

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    1. It is rare to see them in flight.

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  2. See with cell phone cameras (shudder) one doesn't have to remember to keep pressing the button. Mine seems to do that burst thing that I didn't know about all on its own. I have a billion pictures of one bush with one shot. Maybe it's just me. Deedles the Dumb aka Seedless. *Winky, winky*

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    1. Oh I forgot, very nice photos! Well worth the effort.

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    2. You need five engineering degrees figure out most phones today, there is probably a setting for that, hidden someplace on the designer can find. You are amazing.

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  3. Wow, awesome shots. How exciting to see (and photograph) these beautiful creatures.

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  4. Great shots! The final one is my fave.

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  5. Great photos.
    My father loves the eagle, and near hos home there are several that stop along the river where he drives and he takes amazing photos, too.

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    1. There several nesting pairs near home.

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  6. And a day you will never forget. Wonderful!

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    1. In four months, these are the best flight pictures I have.

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  7. Nicely captured. You would have been such a good Boy Scout, always prepared.

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    1. But they sleep in tents, my idea of roughing it is a Holiday Inn.

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