Kip’s Comments 11-20-20

Two Adult Bald Eagles in Corn Stubble - Image 661503 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Technical Thoughts On Two Birds

This morning must have been “Bald Eagle Morning” based on the number of the big birds I saw. There were young and old eagles in trees, in flight, and feeding on the ground. All of the eagles I saw on the ground were either munching on road kill or had their eye on it as their hunger pangs increased.     

Each time I see bald eagles doing carrion patrol a couple of thoughts run through my mind. First, I find it disgusting to think that is their primary diet through much of the year. Then I remember carrion eating is their purpose and eagles do their job well. Second, I wonder how competitive things get when turkey vultures are around to clean up the highway death. Do vultures out-compete eagles? Why do I seldom see eagles on road kill during the time when vultures are around? 

As for technical thoughts – I cannot help but notice how sharp my Nikon lens is, even fully zoomed and handheld. Unlike the previous lens I used – a 150-600mm zoom – I was hesitant to use that at full magnification. The lens just was not very sharp beyond 500mm. This Nikon only goes to 500mm and isn’t as sharp at 500mm compared to shorter lengths, but it still produces acceptable image files at all zoom ranges. I am glad I made the switch. It is nice not having to worry what focal length I am using – just zoom and shoot.

Two Adult Bald Eagles in Corn Stubble - Image 661503 (© Kip Ladage)

Two Adult Bald Eagles in Corn Stubble – Image 661503 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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