Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

And then there was the eagle


Headed up the river.

Headed up the river.

While we were on our boat ride yesterday, traveling up the river into the wilder part of town, we came across an eagle. It would have been a great photo…the sun was behind us, shining on him. But by the time we realized he was there he had flown off behind the trees. I only saw a bit of his white behind before he disappeared into the pines.

So I focused on shooting other pretty things.

I'll just wait over here while you go by.

I’ll just wait over here while you go by.

But on our way back down the river I was ready for him. Sort of. The sun would be behind him, I figured I’d get a silhouette at best. Still I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try.

We puttered down the river, I could see him far far away in the top of his favorite tree. Just a spot really. I took a few shots.

See that black dot up in that tree?

See that black dot up in that tree?

He let us get closer, closer. I continued to shoot. His back was to us and he turned his head to watch us approach.

What are you people looking at?

What are you people looking at?

He let us get nearly under him before he rose up from his perch and majestically flew behind the trees.

You're bugging me people, I"m outta here!

You’re bugging me people, I”m outta here!

He was magnificent!

Bet you guys wish you could fly like this!

Bet you guys wish you could fly like this!

The light still wasn’t great. And he was pretty much a shadow. But boy oh boy.

An American icon.

An American icon.

Just look at him.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

17 thoughts on “And then there was the eagle

  1. We often see eagles when we go to the bigger town down the road, and they never fail to impress me.


    • I have rarely seen one. A couple times in the UP, far away in Florida, once at one of my favorite parks. I can count on one hand. This was amazing and I’m so glad I got to see him. Or her.

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  2. Awesome captures of an awesome creature!


  3. I’m always excited to see bald eagles. You managed to get some nice closeups! I am determined to get a good eagle photo someday.


  4. wow wow wow!!! Your photos are fabulous! I still am in awe when I see an Eagle in my area- growing up always hearing about how they were extinct, I marvel that we can now see this beautiful bird and it has returned thanks to ridding the environment of DDT. Amazing captures- so glad you caught him!


  5. Just in time for Presidents’ Day — superb photo, Dawn! Look at his wingspan … and that beak!!


  6. Pawsome photos!!!!! You are a great photographer!


    • Awwwww thank you guys! I knew he was going to hop off that branch, so I put it on sports mode where the camera just continually shoots as long as you hold your finger down. And when he hopped I just held that finger down and it sounded like I was a red carpet Pavarotti. Most of the shots were bad with tree limbs being between us and him, but these few could be cropped so you could see more detail. I wish I’d gotten him from the other direction though. Ah well.


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