Daily Image - Jan 2011 Archive - sonofjohan

Driving slowly along SR20 E we came to a spot with a couple of cars stopped and I ventured out to see what I could find. There were a couple of birds noticeable in the distance sitting on a tree with others joining, eventually culminating in a total of four birds. Plus a few others way off in the distance that were really beyond any hope of capturing. I worked the closer birds until I felt I couldn't improve and then started back towards the vehicle. As I was walking back a slight movement caught the corner of my eye so I stopped to look more carefully and saw this young bird that was somewhat obstructed by both branches and sunlight. Moving around to better position myself I was able to get a few shots of the critter as it turned to look at me and then turned away again, repeating this behavior as I snapped away. None of the images were satisfactory by themselves, but with a little work on the computer I was able to get one that I think is acceptable. This bird is likely between 5 and 6 years old as you will note that the head feathers are just becoming white. One of the few Bald Eagles I've seen in this transitory period. ISO 320; 1/200 sec @ f / 8.