When did you take this photo?
August 23, 2011
Where did you take this photo?
Richmond, Virginia, at the Maymont Estate wildlife exhibit. Unable to fly, she was given to Maymont by rehabilitators to serve as an ambassador for educational purposes.
What behavior did you observe from this bald eagle?
Nothing unusual was noted when I took the picture. The enclosure did not have any fencing in the front, thus I was able to get a good close-up picture. She was on the ground, next to a large stump, and partially hidden by plants in front of her. She was quite still, but looking around as though ensuring nothing was trying to sneak up on her. Most of the time her head was turned away, but I was able to capture this profile as she turned. There were no other birds or eagles in the same enclosure, although there were two red-tailed hawks in the enclosure next to her.
Tips and Tricks
- The enclosure for this bird did not have any fencing in the front, thus providing a clear view of the bird. Using a Tamron 18-270 telephoto lens, on a Canon xTi, I was able to get a very good close up picture.
Melissa Mayntz, About.com Birding/Wild Birds, says:
Visiting sanctuaries to see the "ambassador" birds is a great way to get up-close views of birds you may never be able to see as easily. While bald eagles are such large raptors that it is easy to see them well in the wild, it is only with this type of close view that birders can truly appreciate the birds' powerful bill, intelligent eyes and regal bearing.
See the complete bald eagle profile.