Sherburne’s Bald Eagles

While photographing on Minnesota’s Sherburne NWR recently, the refuge Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) were seen all over the refuge. While driving around one of the many water pools, this eagle was sitting in a dead tree above the water:


Driving a bit farther, the overhead, fading moon could be seen above the perched eagle:


When I continued driving around Wildlife Drive, I came upon an active eagle nest, with one adult sitting nearby:


As I got closer to the nest, there were 12 Trumpeter Swans feeding in the pool. Among the swans were several young swans, known as “cygnets” (I’ll feature them in a followup post):


I’ve been able to see this bald eagle nest for several years now, and every time I see it, it is a bit larger than what I previously saw.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 telephoto lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld from the car window, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250 (photo #1 and #4) and ISO 400 (photo #2 and #3)
  • Aperture f/8 (photo #1 and #3) and f/16 (photo #2 and #4)
  • Shutter 1/640 sec. (#1), 1/400 sec. (#2), 1/500 sec. (#3) and 1/125 sec. (#4)



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