Photography Training – Photographing An Eagle’s Nest

Today was my day off this week, and the weather appeared to be co-operating, so I made the 2.5 hour trip south to photograph my favorite eagle’s nest.  I arrived about 10AM, which I realized was pretty late.  I’ve never made the trip prior to DST kicking in, so the sun was high in the sky when I got there instead of just peeking over the trees on the hill behind me.  The best light at this site is in the morning as the sun comes over the hill behind you when you’re sitting at the eagle blind. 

So there was 1 eagle, I presume it was the female, in the nest when I got there, but you could barely see the top of her head.  I believe she is incubating eggs at this point.  Anyway, I got all setup, took a seat for a while, and watched through my binoculars.  Nothing was happening, so I decided to work on a project that I’ve been considering for some time now.  I got out my video camera, and began filming myself for a tips and tricks video.  You can view it in this blog entry.  I welcome your comments on this video.  It’s a new thing for me, and I was sort of nervous at first.  I hope it is helpful to some of you. 


A couple of people stopped by for a short time, but still nothing was happening.  At one point, we saw the male approach the nest, perhaps to say “honey I’m home”, but when he got near, the female replied with a “get lost” screech and he flew away never to return during my stay. 

I was there for a total of about 4.5 hours, and saw no real activity.  I think that while the eggs are incubating, the nest will be quiet of activity.  Once the babies hatch, the adults will be hunting quite frequently to feed them, so my next trip will probably be towards the end of March.


2 comments on “Photography Training – Photographing An Eagle’s Nest

  1. I think the video looked very professional. I am not a photographer, but I think it would be helpful to those who are. Hopefully, you will have better luck the next time and get some good shots of the eagles.

  2. Rich, Great video !! You look like the survivorman. I learned a lot and I hope you do more.

    Question; The spot you were shooting at. Is that public information or is that your own secret spot. Would you consider me a poacher if I went there ?

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