A little slower than the speed of sound, this female Bald Eagle makes a silent run at me, gliding to within a few yards away to check out this human with a contraption called a camera poised and hanging on a rock out cropping. Montana Bitterroot Range.
Nikon D810 - Nikon 500mm f/4 prime - 1/1250s @ f/4 - ISO Auto
It is a rare and unique opportunity to photo-document the lives of two Montana Bald Eagle youngsters along with their parents in the wilds and their natural habitat. It began shortly after their mother laid their eggs on a cold and snowy day, March 23rd, 2019, high up in a nest along the banks of the Cabinet Gorge Reservoir of the Clark Fork River. On another snowy Spring day, April 26th, they were hatched. The two little Hatchlings were named Challenger and Freedom. They are Challengers and figures of American Freedom in every sense of the terms. Today, July 20th, 2019, they both faced the challenge, and made the brave and inevitable leap into freedom, whereby earning their names. Photographed, on one of its first flights, is Challenger.
Nikon D810 - Nikon 500mm f/4G Prime - Manfrotto tripod w/Gimbal - 1/1250s @ f/7.1- EV +0.03