As a wildlife photographer, I often find myself traveling to various locations in pursuit of the perfect shot. One of my favorite subjects to photograph during this time of year is the majestic Bald Eagle. These magnificent birds are a sight to behold, with their impressive wingspan and sharp talons.
During a recent trip to Charleston, Arkansas, I had the opportunity to capture a stunning image of a Bald Eagle in flight. I was parked at the Charleston City Lake, my camera and lens in hand, ready to seize the moment. Suddenly, I noticed a Bald Eagle flying overhead, its wings outstretched as it surveyed the area below.
I quickly raised my camera and took aim, snapping a series of shots as the bird flew over the lake.
Arkansas is home to a growing population of Bald Eagles, and these majestic birds can be spotted in various locations throughout the state. The Charleston City Lake is a particularly popular spot for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts, offering stunning views of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
As a photographer, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of capturing an amazing shot of a Bald Eagle in flight. It’s a reminder of the beauty and power of nature, and the importance of preserving our natural world for generations to come.
- Camera: Canon EOS 7D
- Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS
- Location: Charleston City Lake (Charleston, Arkansas)
- Date Taken: November 7, 2014
- Aperture Priority
- Aperture: f8.0
- Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec. (as determined by the camera)
- ISO: 500
- Focal Length: 400 mm
Here are a few interesting facts about Bald Eagles in Arkansas:
Bald Eagles were once on the brink of extinction in Arkansas due to habitat loss and hunting, but thanks to conservation efforts, their population has rebounded. Today, Arkansas is home to around 200 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles.
The best time to spot Bald Eagles in Arkansas is during the winter months when they migrate south in search of food. Many of them can be seen along the state’s rivers and lakes, where they hunt for fish and other prey.
In Arkansas, Bald Eagles typically build their nests in tall trees near bodies of water, such as lakes or rivers. These nests can weigh up to a ton and can be used for multiple breeding seasons.
Bald Eagles in Arkansas are known for their distinctive vocalizations, which include a series of chirps, whistles, and screeches. They use these sounds to communicate with their mates and to defend their territory.
While Bald Eagles are no longer considered endangered, they are still protected by federal law, and it is illegal to harm or harass them. So, if you do spot one of these majestic birds in the wild, be sure to give them plenty of space and enjoy the view from a safe distance.