BALD AND GOLDEN EAGLES

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

 

I managed to photograph both Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles this week.  The Bald Eagle at Lake Elsinore and the Golden Eagle at San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Generally it is very hard to get close enough for decent photos. They always seem to fly away in the opposite direction.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

 

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

 

Golden Eagle San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Golden Eagle San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Golden Eagle San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Golden Eagle San Jacinto Wildlife Area

 

Golden Eagle San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Golden Eagle San Jacinto Wildlife Area

 

Golden Eagle San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Golden Eagle San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

 

Vermillion Flycatchers tend to fly back to the same branch over and over, so focus on the branch and start shooting multiple frames right before they land. It helps to use a tripod so you can use a cable release and not look through the viewfinder, but watch the bird BEFORE it gets in the frame.  I also switch from Auto Focus to Manual to keep focus on the same area.

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

 

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

 

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagle adult

Bald Eagle adult

 

Adult Bald Eagle photographed at Lake Elsinore. Most of the Bald Eagles in S Cal are around the lakes in the San Bernardino Mtns – Big Bear, Arrowhead Lake, and also Lake Perris, Lake Wohlford,  and Lake Henshaw further south. The total count is not much more than a dozen or so only in the Winter months.

 

Bald Eagle juvenile

Bald Eagle juvenile

Juvenile Bald Eagle less than a year old. It takes 3 to 4 years before they develop the white head and tail.

 

Bald Eagle juvenile

Bald Eagle juvenileBald Eagle juvenile