THE STORY BEHIND MY AMERICAN EAGLE PICTURES
The 18-hour journey from New York had left me charged. The tallest peaks were now layered with snow, lush rainforests had now been infiltrated by stark branches and the salmon also swam eagerly in the water beneath looking for a new home to lay their eggs. I found myself in Haines, Alaska to capture the coveted American Eagle pictures. I wanted people to be able to buy original art on my website, and the endearing eagle art would also be a stunning addition to my growing collection. The rugged peaks loomed above the vast landscape, adding in it, its own shade of ivory. The bare trees were dotted with bald eagles, who seemed to visually scour the water beneath for their meal. With my camera in my hand, I was all set to click the American eagle pictures.
The moment I captured the American Eagle pictures
My gaze shifted lower to the ground. I noticed some activity in the distance. Blurs of brown against an almost white backdrop. I moved towards it to get a closer look. A juvenile was attempting to steal a fresh salmon from an adult eagle. A scurry of feathers interrupted by ear-shattering squawks. To my surprise, the mature eagle was on the defensive as the juvenile kept attacking. Finally, the adult gave in. He first gave a look to the juvenile that said, “If you touch me again, I swear I will…” Followed by what seemed like minutes of glaring at each other, they then went in with all their might. Grappling talon-to-talon. Watching from my viewfinder, I could see a brown scurry of feathers. All I could hear were fuming squawks. It was like my finger had a mind of its own. I kept clicking the American eagle pictures.
Looking back at these American eagle pictures, I can sense the mood of this moment. The way the adult eagle has opened its feathers makes it seem like a wide range of blades to strike down an opponent. The look in their eyes is something that I will never forget. This encounter and also the game of power took me back to the prehistoric era where the pterodactyls fought for dominance. These eagle images remind me so much of these ancient predators.
The Nation’s Fierce Symbol
Bald eagles, also known as sea eagles, are a species of prey and are found in North America. They are often found near large bodies of open water and also old-growth trees. This ensures an abundance of food as well as a place for nesting. The bald eagle is a venturous feeder which survives mainly on fish. It swoops down into the water and grips the unsuspecting fish with its muscular talons. Being the national bird of the United States of America, the bald eagle appears on its seal. I had the honor of capturing pictures of the nation’s symbol. These pictures of the eagle not only showcase the valor of these species but also stir something inside of patriots everywhere, who can then further look into eagle art. They could also buy original art for their homes.
My Experience of Capturing American Eagle Images
As a nature photographer, getting up and personal with any wild animal – especially the American eagle – can be extremely difficult. However, when the flock is rather huge, the individual eagles don’t notice or feel threatened by human presence. This makes for a great opportunity to click American eagle images. While taking eagle images, a lens with a more extended reach has always worked for me. They ensure crisp details in your pictures of the eagle. This can be seen in our eagle images gallery. If you are looking to get multiple pictures of the eagle in one go, you would want to get as close as possible without disturbing them and by also staying in one spot for an extended period of time.
This will ensure that the bird gets used to your presence and will also help you study their mannerisms. Being patient is the key to capturing American Eagle images which makes for captivating eagle art.
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