After a frustrating morning trying to locate a reported snowy owl, I departed the area to search the fields directly east of Denver International Airport. Once again I did not find any snowy owls, but I did find a bald eagle. There it was just sitting on a utility pole down a dirt road from the intersection of 96th street and 112th street. I drove down the road towards the eagle thinking that it would fly off any second. Stopped underneath the eagle, did a U-turn to reposition the driver’s side of the car for a direct shot at the bird, rolled down the window and started photographing. It just watched me and I kept photographing. When I opened the door to step out, it flew off. I was within 15 yards of that magnificent bird.
Why can’t the snowy owls behave that way?
Shot with my Canon 1d Mark4 and Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II lens + 1.4x teleconverter at 1/2000sec, f/4, iso 160, handheld.
~ by richardseeley on January 23, 2012.