I drove the Quad Cities on Thursday, with plans to photograph eagles. That morning, I set out and at about 11AM, I encountered a super thick ice fog. I could barely see to drive. Had the sun not been shining through the ice fog, I wouldn’t have been able to continue. So this lasted for about 45 minutes or so. At some points, traffic almost stopped due to lack of visibility. It was kinda weird. It was also annoying because the forecast said nothing about an ice fog, and it said the sun was suppose to be out. I arrived at the eagle site around 1PM, to find ZERO eagles. I was shocked. So I went to 2 other locations where I found 2. This was odd for late December. I set out again on Saturday, after the snow storm, and again found ZERO at the main site. This time I went to 3 other sites, and found a total of about 10. Again, very odd. Finally on Sunday I went to the main site, and found about 4 eagles there, but they weren’t moving. There were many eagles flying upriver, but they weren’t landing. Just circling high above. I was there for over an hour, and never saw an eagle dive for fish. I don’t know where they went, because I’ve seen photographs from other photographers from that site this year? I guess I’ll try again later. 🙂
I did encounter some new bird species today though. More to add to my life list. I saw a handful of Greater Scoups in breeding colors, and some Canvasbacks. One of my favorite waterfowl species is the Hooded Merganser, and there were a handful of them too.
Today I made my first really substantial sale of a nature/wildlife print. It was a bald eagle photograph. I’ve had nature/wildlife prints in a couple of retail locations for some time, and today, at the American Art Glass Showroom in Naperville, IL, I sold the image below for $200. My largest single sale to date! The print was a 20×30 print, double matted and nicely framed in a simple oak frame at 24×36. Special thanks to the American Art Glass Showroom for their efforts in making this sale happen. To see more of Night Owl Photography’s work, visit them at 605 E. Odgen Avenue #2, Naperville, IL 60563.
Somehow, yesterday, my all of my YouTube videos got deleted. A photographer sent me an email asking me where my videos went because went back to my page to view a photography tips video and it wasn’t there. I think my account was compromised? Anyway, I’ve reset all my online passwords and have now re-uploaded my YouTube videos so I thought I’d write a blog letting everyone know.
My YouTube page has a few training tips videos, some nature and wildlife slide show videos, some client videos and I’ll be adding videos about every month from now on. So go check it out at http://www.youtube.com/nightowlphotography
Night Owl Photography Releases 3nd Annual
Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar
Suburban Chicago, IL – 21 Nov 2010 – Midwest area photographer Richard Nagle of Night Owl Photography has published his highly anticipated third annual Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar for 2011 on Lulu.com, the online market place for digital content.
Mr. Nagle spent many of the coldest winter days of 2010, in cold weather gear, photographing eagles, when everyone else was inside staying warm. Through many hours of editing, composing, and writing, Mr. Nagle created next years high demand calendar in plenty of time to purchase for the holidays.
Sheila Johnson says “You know we have a house full of Eagle stuff!! So of course he had to have your calender!”
Mr. Nagle’s Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar is composed of photographs taken entirely in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois. Mr. Nagle’s ability to capture moving eagles, and literally freeze them in time is stunning. Magazine worthy images mark each page of his calendar.
Mr. Nagle says “I’ve been photographing the American Bald Eagle on the Mississippi Riverway in the Quad Cities for many years now, and I’ve finally learned enough about eagles, photography, and light, to be able to get the images I want. This calendar is my American Bald Eagle portfolio for your home, for a steal of a price.”
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Richard Nagle is sole proprietor and owner of Night Owl Photography. Richard learned his craft from his father, and godfathers as a young teen. Richard’s favorite tools of the trade are his Nikon D300, and his Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens. Night Owl Photography can be located online at http://www.nightowlphotography.com/.
Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to release my latest American Bald Eagle Calendar. This is the 3rd edition of the Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar, and I’ve changed the format a little bit. In past years, I included eagle facts on each calendar page, but this year, at the suggestion of few people, I’ve left the eagle facts out so that the images can be enjoyed more fully. So I hope you all like the new format.
All of the images in this calendar were taken in the Quad Cities area of Iowa/Illinois, and all were taken in the 2010 migration season. You’ll see juvenile bald eagles, and adult bald eagles. The juveniles are the ones without the white feathers on their head and tail, such as the bald eagle on the cover of the calendar.
I visited the great horned owl nest again on Wednesday of this week, to discover the baby out of the nest, and up high in the tree. It’s feathers had started to turn from the grey we’ve seen in the past, to the rich brown of a mature bird. I’m not sure if the little guy flew up where he was perched, or if he walked up the branches. My guess is that he flew the short distance to practice his flying for the first time. The locals all said that it was the first time they had seen him leave the nest. It was a beautiful day, with a blue sky, although it was quite windy. It made for great pictures though. The only drawback is that the sun was quite harsh for lighting. I arrived late in the day around 4PM thinking it wouldn’t be so harsh, but I was wrong. Oh well?! 🙂
A security guard stopped to check out the owl when he noticed he wasn’t in the nest. He told me a story about seeing one evening, a coyote scratching at the base of the tree with the nest, and the mother swooping in to attack the coyote. The coyote ran off yelping as the owl made all kinds of “god awful” sounds in her attack. Man, I wish I could have camped out there overnight just once to see the mother or father. I never did get to see them.
Today I received word that Bubo has left the nest and the nesting tree, and that no one could find him in nearby trees or perched anywhere else. Could he have fledged the nest so early? So early after branching for the first time? The parent owls usually keep caring the the fledglings for up to 10 weeks. I hope Bubo does well! It’s likely that Bubo will not return next year, although his parents might. So enjoy the video and the photographs.
And now I’d like to take a moment to thank both Sue and Tsumi. Tsumi for being the liaison between his roommate Sue and I, and Sue for arranging security access to the nesting site for me so that I could photograph Bubo. Thanks to both of you!
Last Thursday I was able to revisit the great horned owl nest that I photographed a few weeks earlier. The baby had grown quite a bit in those 3 weeks for sure. The weather was nice, but the sun was on the other side of the tree when I arrived because I needed to go in the morning. I still didn’t get to see the mother though. I even walked the trails around the nest to look for her roosting somewhere nearby, but only found a multitude of other birds instead.
So the little guy that the locals call “owlie” was very quiet when I arrived around 10:30 or so. He slept for about an hour and a half, and then woke up and started moving around. Making all kinds of faces, cocking his head back and forth with some attitude, making funny eye expressions, etc. It was neat to watch. Below is my favorite photo from the day. Click the photo to see the whole gallery.
After visiting the great horned owl nest, I ventured over to the osprey nest I had been to the week before. I think the female must have been incubating, because she never left the nest. The male was flying around gathering soggy branches and weeds for the nest, but the female never left it. So she’ll probably be there for quite some time now. Below is my favorite photo of the osprey nest from that day. Again, click the image to view the whole gallery.
I’ll keep updating you with photos as time progresses with each of these nests. If you want to stay up to date with these, and with my blog in general, look for the subscribe button on the right hand column of this blog.