While visiting the Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary one afternoon I was thrilled to see a gorgeous bald eagle fly directly overhead. This is my favourite place to practice bird photography because of the wide variety of birds that inhabit the area. The eagle was gone in a flash but I was happy because I managed to capture one nicely detailed photo which you can see below. The bird then disappeared from sight but I knew it hadn’t gone very far because I could still hear its call, echoing over the lagoon.
After the eagle flew away, I went back to shooting photos of the great blue herons. There were dozens of these large birds at the lagoon that day. By the way, did you know that a group of herons is called a siege?
The herons were flying around in the late afternoon sun. It looked like they were having a great time. They seemed to be practising take-off and landing…
Playing with the water drops… It was a beautiful summer day and life was good at the lagoon!
Suddenly a huge racket erupted on the far side of the lagoon. The bald eagle was back! The herons were in a panic and flew up from the water in a cloud as the eagle dropped through them like a missile. Check out the next photo… How many herons can you count?
As it tuned out, the eagle was not after the herons, it had spotted a fish. I’m always amazed by the eyesight these awesome birds have.
In the next photo, the eagle looks down to check out the fish… seems like a good one!
Silence returned to the lagoon as the eagle turned and headed for home trailing water drops. What a great day to be an eagle! Or a heron. Unfortunately, I can’t really say the same for the fish…
These photos were taken on June 16th, 2017 with a Nikon D750 camera and a Tamron 150 to 600mm lens.
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