This gallery contains 4 photos. I wanted to have a closeup of this fully mature Bald Eagle roosting at the top a dead birch tree on the Raptor Trail portion of Boundary Bay Regional Park … but it decided, at 30 feet away, that it was time to go. This was the most dramatic part of its takeoff. Photographed on April 15.
flight of the Bald Eagle, taken on an overcast day at Boundary Bay Regional Park.
f/8, 1/500, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 100
A Bald Eagle (perhaps a third or very early fourth year) sits on a power line on a low traffic road. Taken on our way through Ladner, where we encountered at least 30 Bald Eagles within a 3 mile radius (three trees held at least 5-7 eagles each)! Photographed on January 28.
a bird on a wire in Ladner calmly regards me from 20 feet off the ground.
f/6.3, 1/500, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 100
You can see just how young this Bald Eagle is (perhaps a second year) — the beak is still dark, and there is a distinct lack of white feathers on its head. This magnificent creature was drawing a small crowd of admirers at Boundary Bay Regional Park, near the pump house outflow. Still some 25-30 feet away from my lens, this juvenile was content to stand in the shallow water for quite some time, while around it slowly gathered Glaucous-Winged Gulls, Mew Gulls, and Green-Winged Teal ducks, going about their business as if a fierce predator wasn’t in their midst. Photographed on Feb 28 a very sunny and busy day at the beach.
a sub-adult draws the crowds near the pumphouse at Beach Grove/Boundary Bay Regional Park.
f/8, 1/1600, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400
A first-year Bald Eagle sits in a tree no more than 15 feet above our heads. It has not yet learned that its personal space should be much, much more than that (which is good news for the admiring crowd of humans below it), and sat there for at least an hour–ignoring the other, much smaller birds that chirped and flew around Elgin Heritage Park. The beak–which is predominantly black–and the very brown head–with white stippling the ends of its head and neck feathers–are indicators of just how young this fledged Bald Eagle is. Photographed on February 15.
a juvie sits no more than 15 feet above our heads in a tree at Surrey’s Elgin Heritage Park
f/9, 1/250, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400