Courting

Another reason I went to photograph the Bald Eagles in Seabeck was the hope of getting shots of them courting, shots I’d seen other photographers get there. I got one chance to shoot a sequence of two Bald Eagles courting, and the main thing I got from it was a new respect for the great shots I’ve seen other photographers capture.

Apparently many of the photographers who were there were hoping for the same shots because there was an excited buzz when these two eagles approached,

Bald Eagles

dove together,

 Bald Eagles

synchronized their flight, wings nearly overlapping,

Bald Eagles

circled and came back closer wing to wing,

Bald Eagles

and turned as if to grasp talons,

Bald Eagles

but never quite did so, or, if they did, I missed it, not entirely impossible because I was having a very hard time keeping them centered in my lens as I held the shutter down. You only get one chance for such a shot, and I missed it. But I was still grateful to get as many shots as I did while they flew off into the distance.

Bald Eagles

No wonder so many photographers return year after year for this event.

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