I believe as a wildlife photography all of us have a set of images within our head that we would love to catch. A top 10 if you want to contact it… on my list would capture an intimate moment among a Bald Eagle and its girl on a nest. There are a lot of components that make this type of image to be able to capture but I think probably the most difficult is capturing the without disturbing the wild birds during this critical nesting time period.
I remember one spring time driving around Terrenceville and Jenelle’s father pointing out an Osprey nest along the main street heading into the small city. The nest was higher up on the cliff part in the deep valley. A light-weight blub went off.. might this possible be the chance to photography a captor on its nest along with young? I studied the actual pair that year viewing their flight paths, maintaining note of the sun path and the times the grown ups would head out for as well as how often. In Sept following a successful breeding year your family headed off to their wintering grounds. It was time to investigate the area further….
Climbing the particular cliff side was not simple… at times I would have to draw myself up using the trees and shrubs that clung to the high cliff. As I ascended to an eyes level view of the home I was surprised to see that this tick forest opened up providing me a perfect view. Within the far distance was the some other side of the valley causing the perfect back drop.
Which winter was very long.. shateringly waiting for all the snow in order to melt and for the opportunity to develop my blind. The construction from the blind had to be done prior to their arrival. I did not would like my presence to bother their natural behavior.
The actual blind was constructed from a camo tarp, after that completely covered in jazz tree branches. I reduce a small hole out of the top of the tarp just okay to fit my lens via.
April 18th they showed up. As much as I wanted to head towards the blind I waited. Achieve was to capture the parents using the babies so no need to visit the blind yet. Middle of the way through July We finally made the trip through the think woods for the blind. This time I climbed higher into the hills ensuring the osprey couldn’t notice me and I slowly originated to the blind from above utilizing the trees to conceal our presence.
Finally I was within the blind and starring this dream straight in the encounter.
My heart was defeating so fast.. I was uncertain if the eggs had hatched yet. I had assumed however could not see any girls. Mom seemed impatient together with dad as he had gone fishing in the river near by. She’d call out to him because he passed by
Among his first return excursions was without food although with nesting material.
The mother did not seem to be all to amazed and drove him away again to hopefully come back with food.
After waiting around sometime I finally captured a glimpse of some thing small moving in the nesting
When the third one sprang up and was near to the parent I knew it was opportunity. The little guy seemed really eager to get food and relocated closer to the mom.. As this individual looked up at the parent I actually capture this shot
My hard work and patients cleared. I was more then pleased with the images captured but had been even happier that I could do so without disturbing typically the birds. I want to make sure to state… that in no way were these types of birds disturbed. Everything has been carefully planned out to ensure that I was able to get in and out in the nest site without being observed. Their well being was main concern and I would never put them within harm just to get a shot.. absolutely no image is worth that. Your mother and father successfully raised all three younger that year.