Eagle Wave ©johncameron.ca

This friendly eagle on Baker Beach gave me a big wave as I walked by. It was a great morning for eagles—lots of fish around.

This kind of photography requires constant observation, patience and concentration on the eagles—they need to get used to you on their beach. And you need give them space.

Equipment is particularly important with sports and wildlife photography. A camera that can track objects in motion, with fast and accurate autofocus and with a fast frame rate (e.g. 15 frames/second) makes a big difference in capturing action.

So, as you track the bird across the sky, you might press the camera shutter button for about one second (15 frames). And when you are back at home looking at the images on a computer screen, one or two of the 15 frames usually stands out as a keeper.

technical: images shot June 1, 2011, with Canon 1D Mark IV, 300 mm lens with 1.4X adapter (so approximately 420 mm equivalent), (1/2500 sec at f/4.5 with ISO 400)

Eagle Gliding ©johncameron.ca
Eagle Landing ©johncameron.ca

And here is one more eagle: the Salish Eagle on one of her very first days at work: