Eagles in Action

First-time photographers at Big Beef Creek generally rush to get a shot of a bald eagle sitting in a nearby tree. I know because that’s what I did the first two times I was there. They take multiple shots of eagles flying by; you’ve probably seen a lot of those shots on my site, too — and will probably see a few more in the future. After a while, though, we photographers start looking for something different, something harder to capture.

You don’t have to watch eagles and herons too long before you recognize how aggressive they are, so it’s natural to focus on that aggressiveness next. It’s harder to capture that in photographs because one moment two eagles seem to be attacking each other


and 30 seconds later they’re sitting side by side peaceably.


Heck, it’s hard to tell if they’re flirting with each other, trying to lock talons, or they’re attacking each other.


In other words, it’s a real challenge, and a lot of fun, trying to be looking in the right direction when something is about to happen


and capture the moment when it does.


Photographing birds reminds me a lot of fishing as a kid. You get a lot more bites than you get fish, but it always feels great when you do catch a big one.