BALD EAGLE PRINT | SOLITUDE
Haines, Alaska: 3:00 pm AKDT and the sun was already setting. I thought I had wrapped for the day. To my surprise, I came upon what I can only describe as an "eagle tree" - teeming with hundreds of squawking predatory raptors.
With daylight fading fast, I scrambled to set up for an incredible shot. Given the lighting conditions, I was uncertain whether I'd be able to capture the intricate details of the branches and feathers. Without warning, the flock flew off in a flurry of flapping wings. All but one that is, who decided to stay behind.
I was disappointed the opportunity to photograph the eagle tree had passed. However, the one remaining bird gave me more than I could have hoped. I love how strong and noble it looks in its solitude. Every time I see this image I'm reminded how this bird made my day by simply being an individual instead of following the group.
Less is always more.