Monday, May 27, 2013
I have been known to sit or hide and wait a long time for a possible bird shot. Sometimes I wait hours, days, weeks, and even months. I question my sanity over and over again.
Then one day, something glorious happens. All the waiting was worth a few moments in time.
So as usual I went on my sitting vigil and waited for a possible Bald Eagle flyby. After a few hours, an Eagle came flying up the hillside and was level with me just out over the road. Then it flew a few times around me before heading off. It was the closest flight I have ever experienced. As it flew away it flew right down the middle of road for what seemed like maybe 10 feet above me. Instead of taking more shots I just stood there in awe. It is a sight I will never forget.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Majestic Bald EaglesAt a local reservoir there has been a pair of Bald Eagles there for over 3 years. I would really like to know how long they have been there, but I have only observed them for the last 3 years.
I am in awe of Bald Eagles and am fascinated and intrigued by this pair.
Right now the pair is nesting and have young waiting in the nest. No one knows the location of the nest and it is off on private property.
The young must be getting a little bigger because feeding activity is picking up just a bit.
The really cool things about this pair is that you can see them fly by somewhat close once in a while.
Not always... distances are very deceiving.
As a photographer with only a 100-400 lens, getting a little closer can mean I have a decent shot. I do have a lot of tiny eagles shots that really aren't worth showing anyone.
There is also very little human activity there. Which is something that is imperative to continue for the protection of this pair of Bald Eagles.
With the Eagles having to feed the growing young in the nest, the flybys are increasing.
I have seen the Eagles hunt for fish, waterfowl, rodents and yesterday I saw one hunting near me on the hillside. There was a young fawn in the brush and I wonder could it be possible it was hunting the fawn? Because as the Eagle was circling closer the fawn bolted away and the eagle flew off.
My observations have been that this pair has to work pretty hard to feed the young right now. I had watched for hours on this day and did not see a successful hunt.
The conditions at this Reservoir can be a challenge. It can be extremely windy or very hot. There is no shade or cover and I can wait hours with no activity at all. In fact there have been days when I have seen nothing. But when something does happen it makes all the harsh conditions and waiting time worthwhile.
This reservoir is special since there is no human contact allowed on the water. There is very limited access, so the Eagles can be undisturbed there. No one can get close to them. That is a good thing.
It is a very quiet area and I love being there. It can be very peaceful.
I am very fortunate to have this experience fairly close to home.
One thing for sure I will be out there as soon as I can...waiting quietly and very happily for the majestic pair of Eagles that I revere, honor and respect to fly nearby.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
My New Blog Look
As you may notice.....
I am in the process of changing my blog's name from Photographic Nature to
Beth Sargent Images.
The title and web header have been changed to reflect my domain:
Beth Sargent Images
My Blog will now re-direct to my new domain.
Beth Sargent Images Blog
The new blog URL is:
There is no need to type in that long name. The bookmark that you have always used will work.
It is still the same blog. The page is the same. Just a new look.
I will also have a link on my website: http://bethsargentimages.com