Mary Walsh  

EAGLE!! by Mary Walsh

April 2021 - EAGLE!!

April 2021 - Mary Walsh


About the Image(s)

I took this photo in early March at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Kleinfeltersville, PA. Every year several hundred thousand snow geese migrate through Middle Creek in late February and early March. The lake there is literally covered in birds. It’s difficult to get a photo that really captures what it’s like to be there and see so many birds. There are some bald eagles that live nearby and they prey on the snow geese. Whenever a bald eagle flies into the lake area, the birds all take off at once in fright. I still can’t figure out how they can manage to fly so close together. Nikon Z7II, 200-500mm with 1.4 teleconverter, ISO 900, 550mm, F8, 1/3200 sec. I edited the photo slightly in Luminar AI

8 comments posted

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
What a fun moment. I like how you captured the birds still on the water along with the chaos of those in flight. I am not sure how the original relates to the submission.   Posted: 04/04/2021 12:47:54
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks Lloyd. The other shot is not actually the original. I just included it because it's a better view of the snow birds to be able to see what they look like.   Posted: 04/04/2021 20:23:56

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
We've been there many times but have never seen this many geese - I love this image!   Posted: 04/04/2021 14:24:46
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thank you Margaret. This is the second year I've gone there. If you go during migration, there are several hundred thousand. You can check on their website where they tell you approximately how many geese are there. They also have a web cam.   Posted: 04/04/2021 20:26:15

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Now that is chaos! Reminds me of the Hitchcock movie...The Birds. You did a great job capturing the moment.   Posted: 04/04/2021 20:32:15
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks Jamie   Posted: 04/04/2021 20:46:27

Nilmini De Silva   Nilmini De Silva
Great image. Must have been amazing to see. Have you done any bird photos with a slow shutter speed? I've seen some very artistic images created from scenes such as this...   Posted: 04/05/2021 00:06:35
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks Nilmini. I haven't tried that. I'm guessing it would make an interesting abstract. I'm not sure how slow of a shutter speed you would use.   Posted: 04/05/2021 13:27:14


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