It’s what happens when opportunity meets preparation. At least that’s what Seneca thought and the longer I am a nature photographer, the more I believe it.
In mid-December, I headed out to ostensibly do some landscape photography and while packing my bag I almost didn’t take my 100-400mm. I thought that I probably wouldn’t see any wildlife and had it in my hand as I considered leaving it behind. But since I shoot m4/3s that lens isn’t really big so I took it.
While driving along I noticed a whole bunch of ravens ahead on both sides of the road. They were up in trees, but I know why they gather like that and so slowed to see if I could spot the carcass. What I did spot was this beauty right next to the road and only about 20 feet up.
Using the Jeep as a blind I stopped, twisted around to the backseat and attached the long lens. Then I just put the window down and leaned against the door pillar with my elbows braced and – Presto!
While I shot I expected it to fly away at any moment, but before it did I got a glimpse of its breakfast –
It’s most likely a bit of venison since I saw what was left of a deer leg further up the road a bit. Not terribly pleasant, but a necessary function. I just wish the ravens were as brave.
The bottom line though is what Seneca so famously wrote. If I hadn’t brought my long lens, I wouldn’t have been able to capitalize on this opportunity. I’d have been ill-prepared. So with just a twist of the dial to my Wildlife Custom Mode I got some quality time with this stunning bird. My first of three eagles I saw that day, but the only one that got its picture taken.