View Full Version : Life Aerial combat over lake Tapps..

Joe Seahawk
03-06-2009, 07:00 PM
Photographers narrative
pic 1
The fellow sitting on the tailgate of his pickup truck never realized the show he was missing.
(620 mm effective Focal Length)

pic 2
The little duck watches as the Eagle speeds straight at him at about 40 mph.
(760 mm effective Focal Length)

pic 3
With perfect timing, the duck always dove and escaped with a mighty splash! Then he'd pop to the surface as soon as
the Eagle flew past. This was repeated over and over for several minutes. I worried the poor duck would tire and that
would be the end of him.
(1,040 mm effective Focal Length)

pic 4
A second Eagle joins the attack! The duck kept diving "just in time", so the Eagles began to dive into the water after him!
(1,150 mm effective Focal Length)

pic 5
After several minutes the Eagles got frustrated and began to attack each other. They soon began to dive vertically,
level out, and attack head-on in a good old-fashioned game of high-speed "Chicken". Sometimes they banked away
from each other at the last possible second. Other times they'd climb vertically and tear into each other while falling
back toward the water. (The duck catches his breath at the right side of this picture.)
(900 mm effective Focal Length)

Joe Seahawk
03-06-2009, 07:02 PM
Photographers narrative (cont) I intended to post each caption below the corresponding pic, but I do not posess the computer saviness to accomplish such a difficult task..

pic 6
A terrible miscalculation! The luckiest shot of my life catches this 100 mph head-on collision between two Bald Eagles. (1,320 mm effective Focal Length)
pic 7
One Eagle stayed aloft and flew away, but the other lies motionless in a crumpled heap. The lucky duck survived to live another day. (486 mm effective Focal Length)
pic 8
It's sad to watch an Eagle drown. He wiggled, flapped and struggled mostly underwater. He finally got his head above water and with great difficulty managed to get airborne. To my astonishment, he flew straight toward me, and it was the most wretched and unstable bird flight I've ever seen! (620 mm effective Focal Length)
pic 9
The bedraggled Eagle circled me once - then lit atop a nearby fir tree. He had a six-foot wingspread and looked mighty angry. I was concerned that I might be his next target, but he was so exhausted he just stared at me. Then I wondered if he would topple to the ground. As he tried to dry his feathers, it seemed to me that this beleaguered Eagle symbolized America in its current trials. (1,200 mm effective Focal Length)
pic 10
My half-hour wait was rewarded with this marvelous sight. He flew away, almost good as new. May America recover as well. (1,400 mm effective Focal Length)

03-06-2009, 07:33 PM
This is trickier than i thought it would be..

Hard to make out the combat scene in detail Joe, but that last pic is the bomb.

03-06-2009, 07:38 PM
Nice pictures. We get Bald Eagles near my home town on the Missouri River, also go to see a bunch of them at Yellowstone National Park.

03-06-2009, 07:57 PM
Sweet, got one just like it hanging form the wall.

Dont tell anyone though.

03-06-2009, 08:49 PM
Sweet, got one just like it hanging form the wall.

Dont tell anyone though.

What kind of form?