A few years ago I was with Dave and Sally Hill and Bruce McCammon at Smith Rocks near Terrabonne in Central Oregon and we were delighted to come across a pair of nesting Bald Eagles. We all vowed to come back and photograph them. I know Bruce gave it a try with little success and I have been back a number of times only to find the nest empty. That all changed yesterday. Picked up my friend Leslie in Sisters and headed out – walked in and with binoculars we spotted a mature bird on the nest. There may have been chicks in there as well but we did not see any tiny heads sticking up but the adult was certainly firmly nested and really did not move while we were there.
This image was shot with my Canon 400mm with a 1.4 extender. Not the extensive rig that George Lepp showed in Outdoor Photographer but I think mine got the job done.
Just in case you are going over there they have installed a set of rules for photographers and you must sign an agreement to abide by them The viewing area has become very popular and the Park is trying to protect the nesting birds. An example of how it got out of hand was that at one point there were 14 photographers set up on the rim with chairs and dogs all within a direct line of sight of the birds. We were the only ones shooting yesterday despite the Park being overrun with people – Spring break and a Friday afternoon I guess plus given the popularity of climbing movies lately and that Smith Rocks is famous in the rock climbing world. Tough to get a parking spot.