Category: Wildlife Photography

Eagle Nest Photography

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Spring is the time to find a bald eagle nest and get some photos of the parents feeding the chicks. This nest was 70 feet in the air, and all of the photos were taken either from a kayak or in the marsh below the nest. You sometimes need to find an innovative way to get those shots!

As you can see from the photos, one chick is much larger than the other two. As the summer goes on I will update the growth of the chicks and see which ones survive as they fledge .

Female Eagle waiting for male to bring fish

The female eagle waiting for room service to deliver breakfast

Male eagle with lake trout in talons

The male eagle returning with a lake trout for delivery to the hungry chicks

Male Eagle Delivering Fish to Nest

The male dropping off his trout at the nest for the female to feed the chicks

Male Eagle Flying Past Nest

With three chicks to feed the male goes back for more lake trout

Female Eagle with Chicks

Female eagle with two chicks, one of them is testing its wings

Female eagle with larger chick

The third chick is much larger, and we will see as the summer goes on if the other two survive



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Bolsa Chica Belted Kingfisher in flight

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These guys are quick, and to freeze them in action while they are flying takes some good equipment and plenty of practice.

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Photographer’s Africa

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If you have any interest in a photo safari in Africa you might want to read this post. Click on the lionness picture to learn much more about Dr. P’s 10 prior trips teaching photography in Africa.

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White Pelicans

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The white pelicans are in full action at Bolsa Chica right now. They are beautiful birds, and make great photographic subjects. They feed a little different than the brown pelicans. Instead of plummeting down from a height, the skim along along just above the water before they grab their fish.

When you first arrive look for them in the distance. They might not stay there long, and will burst away in a group if a school of fish appear for lunch. 

white pelican swimming

Their white feathers make a nice contrast with the blue water. Remember not to over expose the whites (called blowing the highlights). The time to get your exposure correct is now, before the action begins.

Even though they are a large bird they takeoff fast, so be ready for your BIF (Bird in Flight) shot

white pelicans flying in a pair

They might fly in pairs, so you have your chance for a symmetry shot

If you are ready for your BIF shot you might catch one in mid-poop!

white pelican skimming

They often times skim low over the water before jumping into a school of fish

white pelican landing

It’s is fun to photograph them sliding in for a landing

white pelican feeding frenzy

When they find a school of fish they go into a feeding frenzy

white pelicans swimming

After feeding they love to congregate and talk politics

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Osprey eating fish

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There is lots of activity with the hawks and ospreys at Bolsa Chica right now. If you time it right you can see them while they are dining on some local cuisine.

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