A few others got photos of him(?) too and researched it, and he's from NY and was banded in 2002 as a chick (assuming I remember the story correctly). NY uses two bands: silver and blue I think...
Here are a couple more from this weekend:
Juvenile Bald Eagle In Flight
Juvenile Bald Eagle Landing
Perched Juvenile Bald Eagle
tags: Conowingo Dam, Maryland, MD, Bald Eagle, Nature, Wildlife, Migration, Susquehanna River, Photography, Ornathology, Birding, Bird Watching, American Bald Eagle, December 2006, Power Generation, Nikon, dSLR, D200, Nikkor, Sunrise.
After a nice adventure on Saturday, trying to photograph eagles (I did), I went to the zoo on Sunday.
I think I had much more success at the zoo, photo-wise.
But being up at 4am Saturday, and on the road by 5am, and at the location nearly 3 hours after I woke up, seeing the sunrise was worth it. :D For some reason I was just super motivated to get there early.
This was at the river as the sun came up over the trees, there's an eagle in the fog...
There were also some action and perched eagle chances, but I when I got to looking at the images, I hoped they would have been better.
(from jpg, raw not done, could have fixed some chromatic aberation around the head, but didn't bother...)
So, I went to the zoo and had fun.
I actually often prefer the results of the jpg vs. the raw + time and (often lacking)required skills. I tried shooting in just jpg (again) for part of the day Sunday, and combined that with exposure bracketing. I think that will be my new "plan"...
I'd heard a while back that Nick Nichols ONLY shoots while bracketing each shot. And he shoots FILM! (yes he shoots digital too, but I've read mostly for camera traps.) His web site is below, he's a famous National Geographic photographer, and covered the National Zoo's Panda cub, for the article titled "Panda Inc."
Once on dry land, we took a look, he was exhausted for sure, and barely moved
Today was my first trip to Conowingo Dam, in Maryland, and it was quite a place. So many eagles, and some really great chances to photograph them
However, this particular drama was not so fun to see. This adult eagle must have hit the power lines, and spiraled down in to the water. It must have broken a wing or something. It couldn't get back out. It made many attempts to fly, but just couldn't.
It was floating down the river, and eventually made it out of the water on to some rocks probably 1,000 or more yards from where it hit the water.
He was joined by some other eagles, and they guarded him I supposed. But after a while, they left him, and I thought he was a goner.
But he held on.
DNR was called and some hours later they showed up with a boat and the eagle was rescued!
About a dozen people helped launch the boat due to the low water levels, and also assisted recovering the boat. I chipped in too.
It was sad to see, watching the eagle struggle so much, but in the end he was saved, and could even one day return to the river (depending on the extent of his injuries, I really don't know.)
I've update my blogger logo, and added some links....
Great Falls is such a great location, in my top 4 for sure. The blogged photo is from June 2006.
I've been back to Great Falls a few times in the past month and I think that this particular Eagle Family has moved on for the year. I've seen another single adult Bald Eagle, but the markings didn't match up the first time, and the second time the eagle I saw was alone and didn't appear to be 'like the others'...
If I had to guess, the resident pair (and juv) took off around 9/20/2006. I guess I can check, but that's roughly when I think I saw the pair in a single tree for the last time this year.
I meant to post something for my one year flickr anniversary, but I missed it. My earlest photos are from August 31st 2005. Flickr has been 99% great, and I am truely thankful for all it has offered. Knowledge, feedback, growth, friends, inspiration, motivation, and on and on...
The above are some of my favorite images, not my most popular, some are, but I tried to pick some from a variety of locations, each of which were really good from that place, be it the National Zoo, Mason Neck State Park in Va, or Centennial Lake in MD, or Great Falls in MD, or an Airport (DCA, BWI), etc....
So, I used to spot a Red-Shouldered Hawk Family (2 adults, and 1 Juv I think) near my work in Maryland. About 4 months ago they vanished. Around that time I switched buildings where i worked so at first I wasn't sure if I stopped seeing them because of that or not. But, I only moved a 1,000 yards, and their nest was nearer to my new location, I think... Well, about 4 months passed without seeing them until today!
The above is one bird, the first one I saw. I ran to my car, got my camera and snapped off a few as this one was gaining altitude. Later I saw as many as 3 or 4 possibly. And still later I distinctly heard a RSH call.
They must have migrated or moved, and just came back, possibly TODAY. I'm outside enough that I'd have seen or heard them if they were already back. At one point today I may have seen 4 of them. But at a distance it isn't easy to for me to tell them apart from the other birds in the area.
Lately I'd not post images of this quality, because I know I can take better ones, but the occasion of them returning I think TODAY requires me to document the day...
Here are a few of my previous photos of the family, err, at least the family I previously used to spot outside my work...
Soy walking down the steps towards the door and the location closest to the cubs that are inside. Here she shows her intense urge to be near them, in her eyes and her stride.
She walked to the bottom of the steps a few times and called out to the cubs. After a few minutes she would walk through the outdoor exhibit for a while, only to return here.
She wasn't stuck on calling out to them, she had a bunch of moments when she surely was enjoying her time away from the cubs... But she also seemed at times to want nothing more than to be inside with them again. She was outside (and away from the cubs) for about an hour on Sunday 7/30/2006.
When I first got a dSLR I shot in JPG, then did some RAW, and probably shot mostly in JPG with that camera.
In March 2006 I sent my D70 in for repair and a few days later got a D200. With that I shot a lot of RAW+JPG. Occassionally I'd shoot just jpg. I got stuck on a location and time that didn't offer much good light, and was almost always shooting at long distance (Eagles at Great Falls, MD in the evening). It was very hard to get a good image here. I went over 20 times afer June 11th 2005 (and before July 22nd) but a single day stands out, June 18th, 200. The light was great, I was there mid-day, not just later, and I saw some great action. I shot almost all of these trips in RAW+JPG, maybe 30 or 40 GBs of pix/files.
In regards to shooting in JPG only, I shot the above Osprey in JPG, and shot that day in JUST JPG all day. The light was perfect, and the encounters kept on coming.
RAW can help, but there is no making up for conditions and encounters. I've also learned to tweak my camera and adjust for a lot, some of which the RAW format allows for after the shooting, like exposure comp. With these Osprey and good light I lowered my ISO a good bit. When I was on the boat I raised it some to avoid having the motion of the boat blurring every image. Half way through that boat ride, it was so good, I switched to RAW+JPG.
After nearly a year of shooting, almost 70,000 pictures between my D70 and D200, space has become a problem on my computer and DVDs that I make backups to. I think I've got about 300+GBs of pix. I've made about 100 DVDs of backup copies and keep two copies on HDDs when I am caught up in all my steps for backups.
Disk space being what it is, and the curve I've been on for learning, I think it might be time to start deleting at least some copies of images I've taken. I don't need 3 copies of the 20 pix it took to get the one good shot, or the 100 it took to get the 1 good shot.
To put it bluntly, the quality of an image is not determined by the format it is recorded in, be it JPG or RAW. Sure you can crop and enhance much better from a RAW file, but if the light is poor, subjects far off, is it worth it to take tens or hundreds of pix at RAW+JPG and keep buying DVDs and HDDs to protect this data?
I'm currently of the mind that I can now shoot 90% of the time in JPG only and get the best (or nearly the best) results I can and still keep my storage loads to a modest amount. When a spot is rockin' I will switch to RAW+JPG, but otherwise I don't think I will.
I've been reading the writings of some famous photographers lately.
One article I read recently was by Galen Rowell. He worked for National Geographic, and is a wealth of information. His articles are here: Galen Rowell's Articles.
In his "Grand Illusions" article he talks about how an image should inspire a mental response, and how analyzing a photo on its technical merits can break the spell or vision the photo created.
I've recently been trying to find the best way to present an image on flickr, and, when it is one that I think tells its own story I need to lay off the long commentary and let the image do the talking...
This osprey photo is one of those photos I think, and I just made a title: "Happy to meet you OR happy to eat you?"