It was mating season for bald eagles and a nesting pair chose a friends property down the road from where I live to nest. In keeping with my friends wishes only one photographer was allowed access to the property in order to prevent disturbing the mating couple more than traffic and eagle peepers would be doing.
I set up my tripod with my Nikon D3x and a Nikon 200mm f2.0 lens, nicknamed chubby, across the road on another road by town dock #1 where all the boat traffic ties up, day cruisers, fisherman and lobsterman plus a stop or two by the harbor master.
I spent 2 days a couple of times a day hoping to either get a changing of the guard at the nest or something worthy of this incredible bird.
I was finally rewarded on my sixth outing which ended up being the last chance I would be able to go for a few days and luckily I got the shot before they began some heavy burning that caused so much smoke to blow toward the nest the eagles abandoned it and moved further up river to get away from the smoke. I don’t know if they had a successful brooding but they are still around and hunt daily so it won’t be for several more months as spring gets here I may catch a glimpse of an immature eagle with them. Anyway here’s the eagle hunter and the shot of one of the eagles.
The shot ended up being chosen by the Flickr staff as one of the best shots in 2017 and entered into a contest, I ended up in the top 10% for the year.