I saw a young bald eagle recently flying over the lake just off from the hamlet. The ducks by the ferry dock ignored him but I bet they were keeping a close watch nevertheless. ~ Rob Ivy (Essex Column, Feb. 5, 2014)
Rob Ivy, chronicler of Essex affairs for the Valley News, has a knack for capturing timely tidbits, and his bald eagle observation is no exception.
Bald Eagles frequent the Adirondack Coast in late autumn and winter, savvy predators stalking their aquatic and airborne prey. I have photographed them with better cameras on the southern end of the Split Rock wilderness area before, but I never seem to have a decent camera along when I spy them in Essex. Mobile smart phones are handy for documenting events that might otherwise be lost, but they are not ideal for capturing small subjects at a distance (or while moving), so my efforts to spontaneously photograph bald eagles in Essex have been less than fruitful.
Essex resident Scottie Ginn however succeed in capturing quite an impressive image on her iPhone recently.
“Two eagles enjoying the sun as they look for fish. 3 degrees and the lake has a thin layer of ice. Forecast is cold and more cold.” ~ Scottie Ginn
Beautiful shot, Scottie! Thanks for letting us showcase it.
Another Essex habitue, Willsboro resident (and daily ferry commuter) Beatrice Disogra, periodically captures arresting photographs of bald eagles on her mobile phone on her way to the ferry. This morning she spotted a large bald eagle on the Essex waterfront in time for me to capture this blurry image.
I tried to capture the experience in another blog post, “Bald Eagle Breakfast“. Sometimes words serve better to record a moment than a blurry phone camera.
Following are three photographs shot by Beatrice Disogra. Thanks, Beatrice! (Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.)
Photograph Bald Eagles in Essex
All of these bald eagle photographs were captured on mobile phones. And while it is thrilling to have any photographic evidence at all of our majestic winter visitors, I suspect that we might be able to showcase even better images if we all work together. The next time you see a bald eagle flying in/near Essex, try to document the moment. Whether you use a mobile phone, a larger format digital camera, a DSLR or a video camera doesn’t matter. The idea is to document these breathtaking birds and showcase them on the Essex blog for others to witness. If you would like to submit your footage, please contact us. Thanks.
- Bald Eagle Breakfast (rosslynredux.com)
- Bald eagle rescued along highway in Delta after being hit by a car (globalnews.ca)
- Another Bald Eagle Photoblog (fatherhoodetc.wordpress.com)
- Bald Eagles on the St. Clair River (cogginsfilms.wordpress.com)