Revisiting Aerial Antics

Today’s post features a series of images I captured in Clarksville, Missouri, a few years ago (these images were posted several years ago, but upon request I’m re-posting them). During a wintering eagle photography trip on the Mississippi River, this sequence was captured as an adult Bald Eagle caught a fish, but was immediately chased by six more eagles attempting to take the fish from him.

In this first image, the chase is on … the adult eagle (top, righthand side) has just caught a fish and several other eagles have started chasing him:

Chasing the Fish

In this next image, you can clearly see the fish in the eagle’s talons, although not secured with both feet:

Chasing the Fish

In this next image, the process of trying to dodge the six eagles chasing him has caused the fish to come loose and free-fall:

Chasing the Fish

And the winner is … the immature eagle, who was nearest the chased eagle:

Chasing the Fish

Coming up … another post of wintering bald eagle antics …


Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 500 mm, f/4 IS lens, with Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/10
  • Shutter Speed 1/640 sec. to 1/800 sec.



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