While visiting the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I was treated to an incredible sight – a Bald Eagle perched regally in a tall tree. With its distinctive white head and tail feathers contrasting against its dark brown body, this iconic raptor made for a striking image.
As I watched the eagle sitting motionless, I was reminded of the decorative hood ornaments that used to adorn cars long ago. The proud posture and lifted head called to mind those sleek emblems meant to convey speed and power. Though modern cars no longer sport such elaborate decorations, images of vintage hood ornaments featuring stately birds of prey evoke a similar sense of majesty.
This was not the first Bald Eagle I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph, but they never fail to impress me with their grandeur. Bald Eagles are one of the most recognizable and revered birds in North America. With wingspans exceeding 5 feet, these powerful predators rule the skies. Their superior eyesight allows them to spot prey from great distances, and their razor-sharp talons provide the grip strength to snatch fish and other animals from the waters below.
It fills me with pride to be able to observe and photograph such an iconic symbol of freedom and wilderness. The Bald Eagle represents the spirit of this great nation, though it faced grave threats not too long ago. The use of harmful pesticides nearly decimated their population, but successful conservation efforts have allowed Bald Eagles to flourish once more.
Now removed from the endangered species list, there is hope that these magnificent birds will continue to thrive for generations to come. Whenever I have the privilege of seeing one up close, I’m reminded of the importance of preserving natural habitats and protecting the diverse wildlife that call this land home. A Bald Eagle perched high in a tree is a sight that symbolizes the wild beauty America has to offer.
- Camera: Canon EOS R7
- Lens: RF 800mm F11 IS STM
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: January 4, 2023 (11:40 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
- Shutter speed: 1/1600
- ISO: 500 (Auto)
- Exposure Compensation: -1 EV
- Focal Length: 800 mm (Fixed)