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    Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    I was lucky to catch this shot of a Bald Eagle in flight from my Kayak on a small lake near where I live.
    After it landed in a nearby tree I was able to get some good close ups. I used the Nikon D4 and 400mmVR 2.8 for these shots.

    Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Must have been quite a thrill to get it so close and in a good photo mood.

    Great shots.

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    WEll done love this bird.

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Nice shots. Do we have a first name? Welcome to the forum.

    Must be fun to shoot out of a kayak. Don't you worry about dunking your gear?


    You did a great job on the BIF, but the second one has a slight green cast. A little magenta to correct it.

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    Ditto Steve S, I am still afraid to be even standing near water!
    Incredible shot, you will have a lot of envious people on the forum.
    Welcome, Nancy

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Lovely shots, especially the in flight one - getting it so sharp whilst in a boat

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Nancy was right! I am envious... of your skills

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Fantastic shots.
    Well done.

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Thanks all. Yes, A bit nervous with the gear. But what the hey...it helps get the shots

    Here is my set up with the D800 attached...in case you want to give it a go. Nothing elaborate.

    Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    And there is something about approaching birds from the water, they do not fear you nearly as much.
    Check the video below...this is me cruising by a Great Blue Heron on my Kayak. Can't get better than that!


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    Last edited by BCrose; 17th December 2012 at 11:00 PM.

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    My first thought was (like a few others have said) that you are really brave to carry your gear on a kayak. You must be an experienced kayaker! I'd be flipping it all upside down.

    But beautiful shots! I'm glad you shared.

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Great captures of a beautiful bird...

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    You are absolutely insane to do that with your equipment, but what a great close-up. Such detail.....I want that lens!! AND the camera. Well done.

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Great shots. Put some large out-riggers on that yellow banana & I might try it...Nah, still too tippy.
    Well done.

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    I have done plenty of boating, and in all sizes. It must be less than comfy sitting on the large brass ones. Nice images. I took a shot over the summer of nearly the same set up aboard a sturdy raft type boat and still could not bring myself to have a go.

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Thanks for the feedback. The Kayak is actually quite sturdy. Hard to tip.
    What I like is the low perspective it allows you to get. Like you are right down on the water with them.
    Some Buffleheads one early sunrise morning

    Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Here is a closeup of the Great Blue Heron from the image above where I am cruising by in the Kayak.

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    Bald Eagle in flight and Close up
    Last edited by BCrose; 19th December 2012 at 03:12 AM.

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    The perspective you have achieved with the Buffleheads is making me re-think my boating issues. Well done.

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    Re: Bald Eagle in flight and Close up

    Awe inspiring shots....I see what you mean....but on my boat, I find the birds usually fly off on my approach....and don't come back!! Maybe it's the motor? Oh, and if anybody has not bought my Christmas present yet, I am hoping for something like BCrose's camera and lens.....please.

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