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Copyright © 2012 Deborah M. Zajac.  All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2012 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Myself and two girlfriends spent the day out in the country looking for birds to photograph. Late in the afternoon I spied this big guy on the side of a hill. My friend Theresa was driving and I said, “What is that? Is that a turkey?” As she slowed down and we drew closer I was thrilled to see it was a Golden Eagle as big as a Turkey hen!

He spooked easily. The sound of our cameras clicking had him airborne in a flash!

Shooting from the passenger side of the car and through the open driver’s side window I was able to get off 3 shots before he was out of my line of sight.

This was the first time I’ve ever seen one in the wild and this close. It was so exciting. While this isn’t an award-winning photo I’m still floating and elated that I got this shot.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 70-300 @ 300mm| f7.1| 1/1000 sec | ISO 1000| Manual Mode| Hand-held

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