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Juvenile Bald Eagle and Common Crow

Juvenile Bald Eagle and Common Crow

Ottawa, Ontario

This is one of those moments that make an average day extraordinary. With a forty minute lunch break, I decided to leave work and take a short drive to Petrie Island to look for shorebirds. At the top of the Trim Road hill, I saw a very large bird circling low over the road toward Petrie Island. At first, I thought Turkey Vulture as I saw half a dozen there the other day, but when I saw the perfectly level and massive wingspan my heart raced as did my foot on the gas pedal! When I crossed the causeway my assumption was correct as a large juvenile Bald Eagle was very casually soaring in large deliberate circles over the beach and back to the overpass. I could not believe how low it was flying and how slowly it was moving - it felt surreal as it passed over the trees directly overhead. A Crow was flying beside it without harassing it. I managed to get a few frames with the two of them together which really shows the size difference. I left with a very big grin on my face and numerous raw photos to process :)

Canon EOS 7D ,Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1/800s f/5.6 at 400.0mm iso500 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
pkocinski23-Sep-2011 12:55
Wow what a shot and I can still see the smile on your face :-)
Brad Claypole22-Sep-2011 11:57
Pretty ballzie crow - they must not taste good!
Ted Busby22-Sep-2011 03:32
Incredible Find...Great capture..
Hank Vander Velde22-Sep-2011 02:43
SUPER find and shot Bill. We all live for moments like that.
wade clare22-Sep-2011 02:15
Nice break there,Bill.....were waiting for one like that over here.
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