Local Photographer Captures Bald Eagle

by Jack White on March 3, 2012

Okay, don’t be alarmed, he didn’t actually capture the national bird, except digitally.

Bald Eagles nesting in Piney Run.

The photographer is our friend Brian Rayford of M5 Signs.

And today he got several shots over at Piney Run (I’m not telling you exactly where) of the eagle in its nest and another eagle flying about, apparently in search of food.

Bald Eagles, as you know, are the national bird. By the end of the 20th century, they were almost extinct on the continent, although doing fine in Alaska and Canada. They were once on the list of endangered species, but moved off that to the list of threatened species back in 1995, and were then removed from that list in 2007.

And there’s a pair in our neighborhood, and hopefully a couple more on the way.

Several weeks ago while sitting in his portable blind taking pictures of ducks at Piney Run, Brian says, “I noticed a very large nest across the lake and when I zoomed in I saw a bird with a white top.”

So today he went back and got this picture and several others.

He says, “The female was in the nest and the male was flying around looking for dinner.”

But I suppose he can’t really be sure of that. The male and females are identical in appearance and the female is actually the larger of the two by some 25 percent.

Brian used a Nikon D7000 camera with a 200mm-500mm lens to get this shot and several others and intends to return for more over the next few weeks.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

jeff March 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Thank you for sharing this photo and info about our back yard county! Very proud to have this bird at home. Keep it up!

Jack White March 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Thanks, Jeff, hopefully Brian will have some more great shots of the local Bald Eagles soon.

Carol Barlow March 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

Hi, I recently went to dinner @ a friends house and they had the video on with the pictures of the eagle nest. One eagle was sitting on the chicks and there was a fish in the nest. Would love to view it again and share it with a friend that is interested in birds. I found the one picture of the nest with the eagels head sticking up. I’m not a photographer and wouldn’t go and look for it, but is was so much fun just to see something so amazing.. Would you let me know how to see the video again. I would appreciate it so much. Thank you, Carol Barlow

Jack White March 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Hi Carol,

I’m not sure whose video you saw. We just had the one picture, but no video.

Jack

Andrea April 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

Carol, I am sure you are thinking of this website. Enjoy! http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles.

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