I am sure that to most readers the size of this photograph might appear to be a bit large considering the overall length of the article itself.
The rationale being used here is that this magnificent bird of prey deserved a bit more white space than the meer words that I was going to use to describe my impromptu photo session with them.
Earlier today I was visiting a friend at the Kent Narrows and as we were collaborating on a new writing project I got up and made my way into the kitchen for some more coffee. My friend's house features some spectacular views of the Narrows as well as Kent Island itself from the back den area so my eyes seemed to be always gazing out on the water even as we were working together on the laptop - photographers ADD.
It was while picking up the coffee pot that I caught sight of this large brown feathered creature with talons that seemed to be taking up half of the top on the pier piling. I almost screamed to my friend "where is your camera?" What she said looking up from the computer screen and I quickly told her that there was an eagle out on the dock. "Oh I don't know it is somewhere around here I will try to find it."
For me the thirty seconds or so that she was gone from the room seemed like hours as the eagle was looking directly at me through the sliding glass door. Finally I could not take it any more so I grabbed my set of keys off the table and scurried outside to the car to get my own camera. Within a minute or so I was back in the house, camera unpacked and standing in front of the patio door ready to take a picture of this winged predator before it decided to fly off.
I stood there for what seemed to be five minutes with my camera at the ready but this eagle would not turn around and face me now. Instead its focus was out on the water. My friend returned with her camera bag in hand where upon she unzipped the cover and proceeded to take it out. "Never mind I said" probably in not the most pleasant manner, "I have mine."
Knowing that I was living on borrowed time I quietly opened the sliding door at a pace somewhere around a centimeter at a time so as to not scare off my subject. Soon I had the door opened just enough to take this picture. Then without any warning the eagle took to the air and was gone out of sight in a matter of seconds.
It seems that on days when I have the light that I do not have the attention of the subject.
G J Gibson
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