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Cycle of life
Lens: DA 300 Photo Location: Deming, WA ISO: 80 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F4.5 
Posted By: jnguyen, 12-06-2012, 07:48 PM

From December to January Chum salmon migrate up the Nooksack River to spawn. To ensure the survival of their progeny, these salmon die. Their bodies feed eagles, bears and scavengers. Those not eaten decomposes in the spring, providing fertilizer to this nutrient poor mountain river. By enriching the river, algae and insects bloom in the spring. These insects and algae in turn feeds the newly hatched salmon. Thus, the cycle of life is renewed.

The salmon run is low this year, according to local fishermen. Not many salmon have returned. This is bad for the eagles but is good for a photographer. When food is scarced, more eagles congregate to this part of the river. I recently got the adapter for my Q. With my DA300mm, I will have a 1650mm lens! I hope to capture more photos of eagles in the next two months.

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12-06-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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wonderful series accompanied by a great narrative. A pleasure to view.
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Gruesome and awesome. Nice job!
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Fascinating as life and death struggles are. TFS.

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Totally awesome series! Great shooting... what a scene to come upon!
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Some of the most beautiful images of rotting fish I can ever imagine seeing! Great work with the eagles, too -- Q power marches on.
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Nice Eagle shots. I had a chance at some this summer, however the length of my shot, and exposure time, along with the wave action on my rocking boat messed things up a little, Lots of noise and a little blurry. Yours however are awesome.

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Thank you for your comments. The salmon just recently died and so it still retained some of its breeding colors.


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