Flying High

I spent some time in St. Louis in late 2004 and early 2005.  On a few occasions we would drive to Alton Illinois to see the second largest gathering of Bald Eagles in the United States.  I’ve never had much interest in birds but Bald Eagles are the exception.  They are remarkable to see and an enjoyment to watch them fly.  I can easily understand why they are our national bird.

Probably, my first heavily photoshop image was taken of Bald Eagles in Alton.  The below image is made up of two different birds.  The five birds flying are actually all the same bird, I shot it using my Canon 20d and Canon f2.8 L series 70-200mm lens (best telephoto lens I’ve ever owned).  The bird on the branch was sitting next to the road.  Last, it was a very overcast day which allowed me to get such great pictures of these creatures without completely ruining their highlights.  The sky used in the picture was taken outside my apartment at the time in Des Moines Iowa.

P.S.  You got to stop at Fast Eddies if you are in Alton, they sell 1/2lb hamburgers for $.99 (they haven’t raised there prices in years)!!!