This Bald Eagle was making a turn over Charleston Lake in Charleston, Arkansas. I took this photo back in January 2014. This was a great year for seeing and photographing Bald Eagles on this lake. They were diving for large shad. I counted over 10 Eagles on this day.

Bald Eagle Turning
Bald Eagle Turning

How I Got The Shot – Bald Eagle Making A Turn

Charleston Lake is at the end of South School Street in the city limits of Charleston. I’m not sure what the size of this lake is but it’s small. A lot of people fished this lake at one time because someone caught a 13-pound, 4-ounce Largemouth Bass. This was the record here in Arkansas for a short time. I don’t see a lot of people fishing it anymore. Most of the time you can have this place to yourself.

This lake has a nice parking lot near the water which allowed me to photograph this Bald Eagle from my pickup. I had my Canon EOS 7D camera with a Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens attached and resting on a bean bag draped over the open window. This was around 6:30 in the morning.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 640
  • Shutter speed – 1/800 of a second
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Spot Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

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