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Bald Eagles Take Flight in Skies Over Croton

February 16, 2006

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With clear skies and forecast highs of 25 degrees on tap for Sunday, February 19, 2006, the Teatown Lake Reservation “Eaglefest” (see: “Eaglefest to Attempt Another Landing at Teatown”) should take flight since being postponed from last weekend due to record-breaking snowfalls.

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The Croton River is one of several places birdwatchers can look for bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) throughout the winter season—up until mid-to-late March.

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Photos: Daniel Shearer from the boat launch at the southern-most part of the Croton Harmon train station parking lot on Monday, February 13, 2006 at 4:30 PM.

On February 17, 2006 1:00 PM, SilverOne1997 said:

great pictures mr. shearer.

the crotonblog should run more stories like this. we are so lucky to live in croton with all of this natural beauty. in recent weeks it seems that the only story that can make the headline is one about politics or division, etc. the election should not consume this site, it should just be a small piece of the pie.

On February 17, 2006 10:07 AM, Daniel Shearer said:

Hello Mr. Wiegman,

Glad you enjoyed the photos. They were made with a Canon EOS20D, and an EF 75-300 4-5.6, shooting at 300 mm.

The eagle had been perched for some time on a tree overlooking the marsh (in the middle picture above, he was sitting in the trees to the right of the bridge), too far away for my 300 mm, so I was shooting wide angle shots. Then he took off, a fact which was pointed out by the eagle watchers I encountered there.

So, as he was flying toward me, I put down my camera bag, detached my wide lens, placed it in my bag, grabbed my zoom lens. Then I had to change my ISO settings from 100 to 800, so the shots wouldn’t be blurry at maximum zoom.

Exposure: 1/2500 at F8.

Thanks for your interest. For more photos, drop by my blog: www.flickr.com/photos/dshearer.

Cheers.

On February 17, 2006 8:06 AM, Leo Wiegman said:

Congratulations, Mr. Shearer, on such excellent crisp photos of the bald eagles in flight! Can you tell us what lens you were using? And what ISO setting and any such details? I’m always interested in how such images are captured.

— Leo Wiegman



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