02.28.2022 Serendipitous Eaglescape

Quite a number of years ago, 2011 to be precise, I hiked to the end of a Quabbin Gate, 15 to be precise, and set up to photograph this island on a foggy morning.  The longest lens I had at the time was my Canon 300 f/4 which still wasn’t even close enough to the length I would have needed to get a nice large image of the eagle which dropped in while I was composing the scene. Believe me, I did not say “shoo birdie”.

Shot with the 5D “Mark I” and aforementioned 300mm lens, the file which is a pano of five images is just too pixelated when cropped in for a closer look and make the eagle more recognizable but have I ever lied to you?  🙂

This is my lone eagle shot.  One day I may get a closer chance as we have a nice population of them for being inland and considering that they were nonexistent here just a few decades ago (blame DDT). Massachusetts Wildlife undertook a project to reintroduce them and it was very successful.



About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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27 Responses to 02.28.2022 Serendipitous Eaglescape

  1. I love the image. It’s actually more fitting that on a foggy morning the eagle remains somewhat of a “mystery.” The important thing is that this image is a reminder of a special moment when you were entranced by the eagle flying in unexpectedly to complete the story. I love it.

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    • Of course most viewers would neither grasp the story nor recognize the bird, but as you say it is a fond memory for me and an image I am happy with as well. Thanks, Bob. Glad that it resonates with you.


  2. melissabluefineart says:

    I agree, I love the mystery of this shrouded image. There is a dark spot I am imagining to be the eagle, and that makes me very happy. They have returned to my area, too. Every now and then a large bird soaring over the river will tilt, and sunlight will flash on the white tail any my heart will leap.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    I see it! I saw a pair just upriver here last week, still a thrill. 🙂

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    • My friend up in Maine who loves moose sees dozens to hundreds of them but still gets a thrill each time. I don’t see that many eagles but it is a moment of excitement when I do. Thanks, Eliza!


  4. bluebrightly says:

    That day will come. They’re plentiful here and lots of photographers get very nice views. But there’s nothing like a foggy pano! 😉

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  5. Jane Lurie says:

    Took me a sec, but I found him. Love your moody pano, Steve.

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Very impressive! I like the entire landscape shrouded in mist. Superbly executed, Steve!

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  7. shoreacres says:

    Enlarging the image revealed just how lovely it is. In the enlargement, the eagle is obvious, although whether I would have assumed ‘eagle’ just by seeing the image I’m not sure. It conveys a sense of sweet serenity.

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    • The image has to be very large to identify the eagle and at the resolution here an amorphous pixelated blob. In a way, I think it’s best that the eagle be a bit mysterious as Bob mentioned for the overall feel of the image.


  8. Gallivanta says:

    Beautiful, although, living in the shaky isles as I do, my first quick glance at this image made me think of the stylised seismograph at the top of this page. http://quakelive.co.nz/ That a scene so serene should make me think of something so shaky is bizarre!

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  9. Oh, you have a 5D I too. The photos from that camera had a nice clarity to them and a bit of that was lost in subsequent models. I went to a talk from a guy who pointed that out and therefore chose the I for the project he was speaking about. I have the II, III & IV! Guess I really like the 5D! I take them all with me with different lenses mounted on each so I don’t have to change lenses so much. I love the foggy look here!

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    • The 5D was a huge upgrade from the 10D I started digital with. And the 10D was a downgrade from the F1n that I shot with in my film days. But the 10D got me going into digital which Kodak prodded me to do by destroying a roll of transparencies from a trip to Acadia. A free roll of film didn’t really make up for that.
      I already carry too much in my bag so one camera travels with me locally. The 5D II is my backup when I go to Maine. I also like the 5D series but never used any from the 1D series. I was tempted recently to try the 5DR but decided food (and marital bliss) was more important. 🙂
      Thanks. A foggy landscape is my happy place.

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  10. Ann Mackay says:

    I like the misty and mysterious landscape. I spotted where the eagle was – hope you manage to get closer some day!

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  11. Todd Henson says:

    Glad to hear of the successful reintroduction of the eagles. They are a marvel to watch, whether we’re able to photograph them or not.

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