Bald Eagles At Paris City Lake

If you want to see Bald Eagles in the west-central part of Arkansas, I suggest that you take a trip to the Paris City Lake just south of Paris, Arkansas. Over 20 Eagles have been observed at the lake. A good friend, Ricky Hobbs contacted me and gave me heads up on the action he was capturing on his camera. I made the short trip and met up with Ricky and his wife Kay and they were right about the action. At times there were so much going on it was difficult to keep up with it all. The Eagles would catch fish out of the lake and then the other Eagles would try to take the fish away. I had my 500mm lens but could have done just as good with my 400mm lens.

This lake has a fishing pier that you can photograph or watch the Eagles from. I was also advised that a trail is located on the north side of the lake and that you can view the Eagles from it. A fisherman did put in a boat while I was photographing the Eagles and this didn’t seem to bother them at all.

Bald Eagle Flying Over Paris Lake

A Bald Eagle Flying Around The Paris City Lake

A Juvenile Bald Eagle At The Paris Lake

A Juvenile Bald Eagle At The Paris City Lake

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  1. Steve,
    Great photography, I am a amateur photographer, wish I was somewhere near half as good as you. My question is, is there an ideal kind of day, and or time of day, I mean as far as weather to eagle watch, I’ plan to come over to Paris tomorrow the 15th. If you could reply via email I would appreciate it. My longest zoom is only a 70-300, do you think it would suffice?
    Thanks in advance
    Bobby

  2. Thank you Bobby! I sent you an email but I will also answer you here.

    The Eagles get active between 8:30 and 10:30 in the mornings. I think you will be able to get a few good shots with the 300. I had my 500 and missed a few because they were to close.

    Good luck and let me know how you did.

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  4. You did not steer me about the eagles Steve, and as a bonus, we got to meet Ricky and Kay Hobbs, nice folks indeed.
    I got plenty of shots and was able to salvage a few good ones out of the bunch. Isn’t it great that this digital film is so cheap. Thanks again for putting me on this Paris Lake site, we went Saturday and it was so much fun we went back Monday.