Saturday, February 16, 2008

Brian and I went to the Quad Cities today and drove along the Mississippi River to take some pictures of the eagles and other flying critters. We were told that this stretch along the Mississippi has the highest concentration of Bald Eagles in North America and is second only to Alaska in number of Bald Eagles. There were loads of eagles fishing and I got a few good shots (took 341 pictures and deleted all but 21 - do the math - that's only 6% - I LOVE digital!!). It always seems like they are just out of reach of my lens (70-300mm). My kingdom for one of those big monster lenses!! Anyway - here are a few of the photos:
mode: shutter priority ~ f/5.3 ~ 1/1000 ~ 200mm ~ ISO-200
mode: shutter priority ~ f/4.8 ~ 1/1000 ~ 98mm ~ ISO-200
mode: shutter priority ~ f/5.6 ~ 1/1250 ~ 300mm ~ ISO-250
mode: auto ~ f/5.6 ~ 1/2000 ~ 280mm ~ ISO-300

mode: shutter priority ~ f/5.6 ~ 1/1250 ~ 300mm ~ ISO-220

9 comments:

scrapperlicious said...

these are stunning! The eagle is my fav!

Leigh Anne said...

super shots!!! IKWYM about the panning - it's hard to catch these moving subjects!! ;) nice job

Jane said...

quite awesome!! You are so fortunate to see the bald eagles!!

Helena said...

Fantastic shots, well done!!!

SmultronPia said...

You take the most amazing photos!! Great work (eventhough it was 6%, it was 6% nothing less!!!)!

gilmoregirl75 said...

Amazing photos as usual.

Gayle said...

Wow, Marsha, these are awesome. I love wildlife photography...so great to get shots of them in their own habitat. Bravo!

altered geisha said...

Wow, those Eagle in motion photos are wicked.

ZoeDoodle said...

WoW!!!! These look like they belong in National Geographic!!