Category Archives: Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle

01.28.2018

This one was pretty far away but it was still fun to photograph. It was the only one I saw but totally worth it. Although I missed it flying away because I was cleaning raindrops off my lens, I was still out there, engaging, and enjoying nature.

I guess that’s the biggest thing. Even though I missed an incredible shot of the eagle flying away, I did get several others. I got myself outside, moving around, traveling, enjoying my hobby. What gets you motivated? Whatever it is, get out there and enjoy.

~ melissa michelle

Following my gut feeling . . . .

Family reunion

Family reunion – two juveniles and an adult eagle

I believe the eagle flying in is last year's hatch & one on the log was born this year

I believe the eagle flying in is last year’s hatch & one on the log was born this year

07.09.2016

So this morning I had a feeling that I needed to get out with my camera. I didn’t know why, just this gut feeling pulling me to get out there. I decided to head to Sandy Lake and was not disappointed! I knew where this one nest was located so I thought just maybe I could catch some eagles nearby.

Adult eagle with juvenile eating a fish

Adult eagle with juvenile eating a fish

When I first got to the site, I noticed the adult eagle right away. It was on the ground there to the right. I kept hearing an eagle crying / screeching but didn’t see the juvenile at first. Then I realized what was happening – the baby was on the log eating a fish and screeching at the adult for some reason. After it finished the fish, another juvenile appeared so that’s when I took the second shot above. It was so awesome to see them all together like that!

Soon after the adult left so did the fish eating juvenile. So I watched the other juvenile for a while. When it took off I followed it with the camera. Much to my surprise, a great blue heron came into focus in front of the juvenile eagle!!!!

Juvenile eagle chasing a great blue heron

Juvenile eagle chasing a great blue heron

It was pretty awesome to see AND capture the two of them in flight! I was so excited. I have no idea where the blue heron was located – all I know is that it came into the camera and I snapped away. I’m not sure where it went after that but it was fun to see!

So my gut told me to get out there with my camera. And that’s what I did! For my entire life, every time I followed my gut it was right. And, every time I did not follow my gut, it was still right. There’s a lesson there people.

~ melissa michelle

Spending time in nature

03.07.2016

I had a few hours to myself Sunday and spent it at Maurice K. Goddard State Park. The weather was very nice and the sun brighten my spirits a bit. I managed to photograph this juvenile eagle taking off from a branch near where I was walking (of course he saw me first and I think I startled it away):

Juvenile eagle taking off

Juvenile eagle taking off

It’s not the best photo but the point is that I had a breakthrough on this photo shoot. When I got to the park I took a few practice shots to set up my camera – totally in Manual mode. That means I set up all the parameters for shooting. I didn’t leave anything up to the camera. I’ve never been brave enough or I didn’t think I was good enough to figure it all out. Well, I proved myself wrong.

After this eagle took off, I spent a moment watching it soar to see where it would land again. But then all of a sudden I had a sense, a feeling. I slowly turned directly opposite of where I was watching the eagle and look what I saw:

Deer at Maurice K. Goddard State Park

Deer at Maurice K. Goddard State Park

I think there were half a dozen deer behind me. I think we both noticed each other at the same time. I had just a second to get the camera up and shoot this photo just as they were running away. It was an amazing capture. But I had forgotten, nor did I have time, to change my settings. However, since I was shooting in all RAW format (another new thing for me on this shoot as I normally shoot both jpg and raw), I was able to use editing software to save the photo. I lighten it up a bit and the photo shown here was the result.

I was so in awe with the fact that I sensed the deer behind me! I have learned to become more observant in nature. And it’s pretty exciting! I love all the things I’m seeing out there. Nature is a beautiful place.

My brother is spending the next 6 months in nature hiking the Appalachian Trail. What a great adventure he’s traveling and I’m so excited for him. I wish me and my camera could join him! But alas, I must live vicariously through him.

So plan a day away if you can. Observe what’s around you. One of my mantra used to be, “Sometimes you just gotta take a deep breath and look around.” My college girlfriends can attest me saying that often to them!

~ melissa michelle

Exciting captures!

Eagle in flight

Eagle in flight

Juvenile eagle looking for breakfast

Juvenile eagle looking for breakfast

02.22.2016

It was a really fun weekend! I got out twice to photograph eagles. They are so spectacular to watch. And, they are huge birds! It was great being outside in nature again. I do believe that’s my favorite place to be. The weather has been cooperating which was nice too!

This week I will spend time practicing photographing birds in flight. I know I can do better.

But nonetheless it was fun. I wish I had realized earlier in life how to have fun every day. The thing that makes the difference for me is that I’ve learned to appreciate and be grateful in my life. A lot of doors have opened for me and great things happen when I appreciate the moment.

Have a good week and take time every day to be grateful for something!

~ melissa michelle

 

Eagle in flight

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Bald eagle

Bald eagle

02.25.2015

As you can tell from the photos, I had fun out there today! Although the three photos above are of the same eagle, it was much closer than the one yesterday. I believe there were four of them flying around. But this one gave me many opportunities to photograph it. For which I was thankful!

I absolutely love being out in nature – walking, hiking, running, biking, and above all, photographing it!

These eagles have been a special treat for me and everyone in the area as they are not common here. They truly are a majestic bird and worthy of being our national symbol expressing freedom.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed watching the eagles soar and taking photos of them.

~ melissa michelle

Bald eagle capture

American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Seagulls fighting over a fish

Seagulls fighting over a fish

02.24.2015

During my lunch I headed back out to where I thought the eagles might be. I saw three of them in flight and one landed on the frozen lake. The two photos above are of the eagle preparing to land. It was pretty far from me and these were the best photos that I took, although still not that close or well defined. I’ll keep trying.

The last photo is of two seagulls fighting over a fish. In the background you can see many “things” sticking out of the water. These are the fins of more fish. I thought it was funny these two were fighting over a fish when there were many more out there.

So let that be a lesson to you (well, two lessons) – Keep trying and there are many fish in the sea. So, I’ll keep trying to photograph the eagles and I’ll remember that even though others may have something I want (like the opportunity to photograph the eagles up close) that doesn’t mean it’s not available to me. It could be right there if I just look around.

~melissa michelle