Bird photography: bald eagle and herons

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?

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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…

 a great blue heron

Playing with the water drops… It was a beautiful summer day and life was good at the lagoon!

 a great blue heron

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?

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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.

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In the next photo, the eagle looks down to check out the fish… seems like a good one!

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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…

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These photos were taken on June 16th, 2017 with a Nikon D750 camera and a Tamron 150 to 600mm lens.

More by Keith Boone

Do you enjoy bird photography? Don’t miss this post: https://keithboone.com/a-backyard-birding-setup/

Please see my collection of Nature and Wildlife photos on Fine Art America: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/keith-boone/collections/nature+and+wildlife

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19 thoughts on “Bird photography: bald eagle and herons

  • February 18, 2020 at 9:20 am
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    I liked it here. Write and take photos more often!

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    • February 18, 2020 at 11:09 am
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      Greetings Keith,

      How very lovely.

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      So many professional photographs…..each a treasure.

      Thank you for these moments in time.

      All the best.

      Cheers!

      Kindest Regards,

      @bleujay

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      • February 18, 2020 at 11:55 am
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        Hi Bleujay, I appreciate your visit and kind comments. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    • February 17, 2020 at 9:18 pm
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      Nah, just takes some practice!

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    • February 17, 2020 at 8:01 pm
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      Thanks, yes I will be working on that… I’m very much a beginner at this.

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  • February 17, 2020 at 5:17 pm
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    • February 17, 2020 at 5:34 pm
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      I appreciate the comment, thanks. Glad you liked the photos.

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  • February 17, 2020 at 10:05 am
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    Your photos are really beatifull. Myself I like photographing wild nature.
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    • February 17, 2020 at 10:35 am
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      Thanks so much, birdwatcher!

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  • February 17, 2020 at 6:42 am
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    Great looking site and wonderful photography!

    oldmans

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    • February 17, 2020 at 8:48 am
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      Thank you very much, Bill

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  • February 17, 2020 at 6:11 am
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    When I lived in the Adirondacks, we had blue heron that would swoop in and feed at the nearby lake. I never got close enough to them but they are HUGE. Then, when I moved to Florida, we had a family of Sandhill cranes which are comparable in size; their calls much like how I imagine Pterodactyls sound.

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    • February 17, 2020 at 8:51 am
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      We have a large great blue heron colony nearby so I get to see a lot of them. I’ve never seen Sandhill cranes except in photos… would love to get a chance! Thanks for your comment!

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  • February 17, 2020 at 2:51 am
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    They’re brilliant, Keith, as always!
    I’m glad that you shared your site! Everything looks working perfectly!
    Cheers! 😉

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    • February 17, 2020 at 8:53 am
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      I appreciate your time and comments, thanks so much for stopping by!

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  • February 16, 2020 at 11:52 pm
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    Hello keith!
    My whaleshares username: amar

    I like these close shots of the eagle that you published here. Expecting more to see like this in the future.
    Thanks 😉

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    • February 16, 2020 at 11:58 pm
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      Thank you, amar!

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