Bruce Benson  

Eagle Eye by Bruce Benson

November 2021 - Eagle Eye

November 2021 - Bruce Benson


About the Image(s)

Taken at the eagle ladies compound in Homer Alaska in 2007. I had only been doing photography for a few years when I started going to Homer where the eagle lady would feed the eagles in the winter and as many as 50 or more eagles would gather at her compound to feed on the hundreds of pounds of fish scraps she would throw onto the beach. I wasted thousands of chances since I had no knowledge of photography skills. She passed away a few years later and the opportunity to see the eagles up close ended. I have included a photo of myself showing how close the eagle would approach. I actually had a wild eagle walk between my legs to get a fish scrap that fell onto the ground. I have heard that 90% of all published eagle images from that time were taken from her compound. You can still get great eagle images from Homer but you have to go with go with a workshop and pay big bucks to go on a boat across Kachamak Bay.

F 10/ 1/400/ISO 100
Canon 20D/Canon 400 2.8/2X TC= 800mm

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7 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Bruce, this is a "CLOSE UP" indeed. I heard in the past about this lady's camp feeding the bald eagles in Homer-Alaska, but never had the opportunity to go. I am not sure if there still is opportunities like the one you had. The eagles look almost as domesticated pets. The degree of sharpness is just perfect. Additionally, you had a great weather day. In katmai we only saw a couple of eagles but very far.   Posted: 11/02/2021 13:14:21
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hi Isaac, You can still get a similar experience for viewing eagles in Homer, however you have to go in at boat . Perfect light Camera in Idaho Falls does tours there and Christopher Balmer does a good job with his tours.   Posted: 11/28/2021 11:16:40

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thanks Isaac, There are guides who take you out into Kachamak Bay in boat and you can get close ups of the eagles, but it is quite expensive. This takes place in February/March. The eagles at her compound were still very wild but not afraid of the photographers. I was interested to see that you have joined the same sports group that I am in. Will look forward to seeing some of your images. bruce   Posted: 11/02/2021 18:12:51

Mary Frost   Mary Frost
Bruce, the lighting on the eagle is wonderful. The sharpness of the detail, combined with the magical lighting makes this a masterpiece to be proud of. Congratulations.   Posted: 11/03/2021 10:01:09
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thank you Mary for your kind words. Bruce   Posted: 11/28/2021 11:17:25

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Great close up Bruce with so much detail and lovely lighting. You're so lucky with the amazing wildlife you have!   Posted: 11/16/2021 11:43:30

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Bruce, WOW! WOW! WOW! What an amazing opportunity. This is such a fabulous close up with effective details. It's as if it were taken in a studio for a portrait shot.   Posted: 11/17/2021 19:41:17