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Eagles Mating by Deb Thurlbeck

May 2022 - Eagles Mating

About the Image(s)

I took this down at the Lagoon which is a National Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
The pair was offshore and the photo was heavily cropped.
I watched this pair stand side by side for about a half an hour, then the action started.
Mere moments later they flew off.

Nikon d750
ISO 250
320 sec
f/9 500mm

14 comments posted

TJ McGovern   TJ McGovern
What a great opportunity, and you made the most of it! I would rather have to crop than miss a shot like this altogether. Great eye.   Posted: 05/13/2022 21:52:41
Deb Thurlbeck   Deb Thurlbeck
Thanks TJ   Posted: 05/14/2022 00:26:01

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
Good job with both your patience and your crop!   Posted: 05/14/2022 06:05:39
Deb Thurlbeck   Deb Thurlbeck
Thanks Wanda, very cool to see.   Posted: 05/14/2022 09:27:30
Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
Actually, if not mistaken, eagles mate while on the wing. Perhaps this was a pre-mate ritual? Wonderful capture.   Posted: 05/15/2022 06:24:22
Deb Thurlbeck   Deb Thurlbeck
It's the other way, Wanda.

Two eagles locking talons high above the ground might look like they're risking injury, but it's a normal courtship behaviour called the "cartwheel display."

Like all raptors , the mating takes place when the female is securely standing on a perch, usually a high tree limb, and the males gently lands upon her back, using both his wings to carefully balance   Posted: 05/15/2022 10:05:49

Kathy Brand   Kathy Brand
Amazing opportunity and cropping photo totally acceptable. Interesting information on how they mate, never knew any of that.   Posted: 05/18/2022 15:16:03
Deb Thurlbeck   Deb Thurlbeck
Thanks Kathy   Posted: 05/19/2022 09:49:33

Deborah Milburn   Deborah Milburn
What a wonderful capture! Excellent job. It is sharp. Wildlife is hard to capture.   Posted: 05/18/2022 20:36:56
Deb Thurlbeck   Deb Thurlbeck
Thanks Deborah   Posted: 05/19/2022 09:48:58

Steve Jacobs   Steve Jacobs
Very good crop. Great patience. I have never seen this before.   Posted: 05/19/2022 08:26:13
Deb Thurlbeck   Deb Thurlbeck
There are many eagles in our area, but this was a first for me.   Posted: 05/19/2022 09:51:48

Sheila Burke-Grey   Sheila Burke-Grey
Great photo & capture, Deb! Very exciting!   Posted: 05/20/2022 13:50:11
Deb Thurlbeck   Deb Thurlbeck
Thanks Sheila   Posted: 05/20/2022 15:20:26


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