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New to telephoto, but I feel like I got lucky.
Lens: DA*300 f4 Camera: K-5 iis Photo Location: Denver Colorado ISO: 250 Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F1.7 
Posted By: Trees, 01-22-2016, 08:30 PM

I'd only gotten my da*300 a few days earlier, so when I went to the park in the middle of winter, I was really just expecting to be the guy who brought WAY too much lens to the party.

I'd just started walking around Ferrill Lake when I saw a VERY large bird land in a tree, maybe 50 yards away. I noticed that it was white on the top and bottom... JUST as it touched down and immediately took a few shots. Over the next few minutes I just kept getting closer and closer; it was in a fairly dense tree so there were a lot of angles that just did not work. I finally came up close behind it and there was an opening. I fired off a few shots, eventually drawing its attention. I got a few other really good shots, but the one with it looking directly at me was my favorite.

Not a bad way to break in a new lens.

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01-22-2016, 09:00 PM   #2
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Hi Trees. Right place, right time, right gear and patience. Doesn't sound like much " luck " involved there. Very good photograph.
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Well done. The DA*300 preforms with the best of them. Congratz on the lens and the picture.
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Well, now you did it. That's how you get hooked on long lenses. That first shot where you nail it. Congratulations! It's a beauty!

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Excellent photo of the Bald Eagle. I note he is giving you a suspicious look.
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Nice, crisp capture, Trees! TFS.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Trees Quote
I'd only gotten my da*300 a few days earlier, so when I went to the park in the middle of winter, I was really just expecting to be the guy who brought WAY too much lens to the party.

I'd just started walking around Ferrill Lake when I saw a VERY large bird land in a tree, maybe 50 yards away. I noticed that it was white on the top and bottom... JUST as it touched down and immediately took a few shots. Over the next few minutes I just kept getting closer and closer; it was in a fairly dense tree so there were a lot of angles that just did not work. I finally came up close behind it and there was an opening. I fired off a few shots, eventually drawing its attention. I got a few other really good shots, but the one with it looking directly at me was my favorite.

Not a bad way to break in a new lens.
I have to agree, no luck involved here. The right equipment and the right driver behind the wheel. Excellent shot, well done, sir. Thanks for sharing,

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Welcome to the world of long lenses. You will love the 300 and what a photo to start with. You will have a tough time besting this one. Great job.

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Excellent shot! Wonder if he/she has a nest nearby?
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Well done! I love eagles, only rarely get to shoot 'em.

Luck is always a part of wildlife photography. Wildlife photographers work to put the odds in their favor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Trees Quote
I'd only gotten my da*300 a few days earlier, so when I went to the park in the middle of winter, I was really just expecting to be the guy who brought WAY too much lens to the party.

I'd just started walking around Ferrill Lake when I saw a VERY large bird land in a tree, maybe 50 yards away. I noticed that it was white on the top and bottom... JUST as it touched down and immediately took a few shots. Over the next few minutes I just kept getting closer and closer; it was in a fairly dense tree so there were a lot of angles that just did not work. I finally came up close behind it and there was an opening. I fired off a few shots, eventually drawing its attention. I got a few other really good shots, but the one with it looking directly at me was my favorite.

Not a bad way to break in a new lens.
Nice pose & composition!

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Awesome photo
50 foot away is being in the right place at the right time..
I think my closest to an eagle has been 50+ yards, for that matter, any bird of prey.
Nice job.

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Saturated colors and also sharp. Very nice
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QuoteOriginally posted by Trees Quote
I'd only gotten my da*300 a few days earlier, so when I went to the park in the middle of winter, I was really just expecting to be the guy who brought WAY too much lens to the party.

I'd just started walking around Ferrill Lake when I saw a VERY large bird land in a tree, maybe 50 yards away. I noticed that it was white on the top and bottom... JUST as it touched down and immediately took a few shots. Over the next few minutes I just kept getting closer and closer; it was in a fairly dense tree so there were a lot of angles that just did not work. I finally came up close behind it and there was an opening. I fired off a few shots, eventually drawing its attention. I got a few other really good shots, but the one with it looking directly at me was my favorite.

Not a bad way to break in a new lens.
You're being watched.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Trees Quote
I'd only gotten my da*300 a few days earlier, so when I went to the park in the middle of winter, I was really just expecting to be the guy who brought WAY too much lens to the party.

I'd just started walking around Ferrill Lake when I saw a VERY large bird land in a tree, maybe 50 yards away. I noticed that it was white on the top and bottom... JUST as it touched down and immediately took a few shots. Over the next few minutes I just kept getting closer and closer; it was in a fairly dense tree so there were a lot of angles that just did not work. I finally came up close behind it and there was an opening. I fired off a few shots, eventually drawing its attention. I got a few other really good shots, but the one with it looking directly at me was my favorite.

Not a bad way to break in a new lens.
wow! great shot! love the eye contact! great blue sky too! well done
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