May 31, 2014 Belfair State Park, Washington

Great blue heron with sculpin
Great blue heron with sculpin

Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles

I returned to Big Beef Creek for 3 or 4 hours today. Unfortunately, yesterday and today harsh high noon light coincided with low tide. However, the weather is breathtakingly gorgeous, beautiful blue skies with a few puffy white clouds, temps in the 60’s with a gentle breeze, could not ask for a nicer day! Just not ideal for photographing dark birds with white heads.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Great blue heron fishing
Great blue heron fishing
Great blue heron fishing
Great blue heron fishing

A great blue heron exhibiting great fishing technique.

Great blue heron liftoff
Great blue heron liftoff

Then taking off.

Bald eagle on roof
Checking the gutters
Bald eagle landing
Bald eagle

Bald eagles choosing two different places to dine.

Bald eagle in flight
Bald eagle in flight
Bald eagle in flight
Bald eagle in flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bald eagles soaring above,

Another kind of bird in flight
Another kind of bird in flight

and another type of bird doing the same.

Bald eagle with sculpin
Bald eagle with sculpin
Bald eagle in flight closeup
Bald eagle in flight

Trying not to blow out the white heads and tails of the eagles while still preserving some detail in their dark bodies is made very difficult, if not impossible, in this kind of mid-day brilliant light.

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