Okay, I just want to set the record straight. I got REALLY lucky with this photo. These types of things sometimes just land in your lap, but I had a lot of people asking me how I got the frame or what was the story behind it. First off, I didn’t intend to go bird watching that day, but we needed a photo for our local front page. The winter frost had settled across the valley, and I knew that I wanted to do a landscape/wildlife photo. So I headed to one of my favorite places to go wildlife feature photo hunting, the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway. Many wildlife photographers head over there because of it’s scenic vistas and abundant wildlife. So I pulled off to the side of the road not too far in the canyon. I saw a pack of big horn sheep and some deer on one of the ridges, and I knew that I was pushing it. They were really far away, but I had the 400mm and 2X teleconverter. So I waited. I knew that they were going to make their way down the river and I’d have better photo op.
All of sudden two massive birds come swooping right above me. It took me a second to figure out that they were both bald eagles. I threw the monopod off the lens and started hand holding the 400mm with the teleconverter. I wasn’t getting any crispy shots though. The autofocus with the teleconverter was slow, and it wasn’t picking up the birds. So I popped of the teleconverter and started shooting, holding down the trigger (thank you, 1Dx). They just kept getting closer and closer, and man, it was cool. I can’t imagine what the people driving by me thought I was doing…But I was able to snag a decent frame from their battle. At the bottom is the sequence, and how it played out.